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Nirvana almost split during unplugged concert

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Washington (ANI): Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl admits that the band"s famous MTV Unplugged concert almost split the group up. Trouble started when the trio couldn"t agree on the noise levels and the sound they wanted during the 1993 rehearsals. In fact things came to a point that Grohl even considered walking out.

"Most bands would play their hits like they were at Madison Square Garden, except with acoustic guitars. We thought, 'Rather than do an acoustic version of Smells Like Teen Spirit... let's see if we can learn this (David) Bowie cover,'" Contactmusic quoted him, as telling Rolling Stone magazine.

"Kurt (Cobain) would turn to me and say, Can you play quieter?' Eventually I said, Do you want me to just split?' I was barely touching the drums." The person who saved the day was a producer who handed Grohl a pair of Pro-Mark Hot Rod drumsticks, made from bundled pieces of wood. "We ran through a song, and Kurt's face lit up. Those sticks saved the entire show," Grohl said. Nirvana's MTV Unplugged appearance has just been released on DVD.

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