Seattle teen finds never-before-seen photos from Nirvana's first show
Rare Nirvana photos from the band’s first show were uncovered by someone who wasn’t even there. Nineteen-year-old Maggie Poukkula, whose father Tony Poukkula hosted the band’s first gig in his Seattle basement, posted a photo strip from the event on Twitter last week.
Shot at a 1987 show in Poukkula’s basement in Raymond, Washington, the photos show Kurt Cobain playing guitar. “Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day,” the teen wrote. Nirvana’s line-up at the time included Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard.
Maggie told Rolling Stone in an interview that she didn’t know the photos were from Nirvana’s first gig. “I found out because of all the articles. I didn’t realize it was such a historical thing,” she said. “I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.”
According to reports from the show, the band played Led Zeppelin covers, and versions of “Aero Zeppelin,” “Mexican Seafood,” “Pen Cap Chew,” “Hairspray Queen,” “Spank Thru,” and “If You Must.”
Head to Rolling Stone for more on the discovery.