Live at the Paramount (video)

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Live at the Paramount
Nirvana Live at the Paramount.jpg
Video by Nirvana
Released September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
Recorded October 31, 1991 Paramount Theatre (Seattle, Washington)
Genre Grunge
Length 70:44
Label DGC
Nirvana chronology
Live at Reading
(2009)Live at Reading2009
Live at the Paramount
Live and Loud
(2013)Live and Loud2013

Live at the Paramount is a live video by the grunge band Nirvana released in 2011. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc as part of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind album. It showcases a live performance at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle from October 31, 1991. The footage is taken from the only Nirvana show ever to be shot on 16 mm film. The Blu-ray features uncompressed 48 kHz/24-bit sound.

As well as the standalone DVD and Blu-ray releases, a DVD along with a CD audio version of the show are available packaged together as part of the limited edition Super Deluxe box set reissue of the Nevermind album.

Previously released songs[edit]

The show in its entirety was previously unreleased. However, some of the individual performances had been previously released; the audio of "Been a Son" was released as a B-Side to the Lithium single and "School" and "Drain You" were released as B-Sides to the Come as You Are single. Additionally, the performances of "About a Girl", "Polly", "Breed" and "Endless Nameless" were previously released on the live compilation video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! in 1994. The audio of "Negative Creep" was previously released on the live compilation album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in 1996. The performance of "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" was previously released on the DVD of the rarities box set With the Lights Out in 2004.

Blu-ray synchronization issues[edit]

The Blu-ray version has been widely criticized for having audio sync problems.[1] Amazon has posted a statement from Universal that denies the problem exists,[2] but the review at the website gives the audio a score of 0/5 because of the sync issues.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" (The Vaselines cover) 5:48
  2. "Aneurysm" 5:05
  3. "Drain You" 5:16
  4. "School" 2:57
  5. "Floyd the Barber" 2:21
  6. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 6:58
  7. "About a Girl" 3:02
  8. "Polly" 3:04
  9. "Breed" 2:54
  10. "Sliver" 2:18
  11. "Love Buzz" (Shocking Blue cover) 4:01
  12. "Lithium" 6:02
  13. "Been a Son" 2:41
  14. "Negative Creep" 3:00
  15. "On a Plain" 4:09
  16. "Blew" 3:00


  1. "Rape Me" (early version) 3:04
  2. "Territorial Pissings" (intro from the song "Get Together", spoken by Krist Novoselic) 8:05
  3. "Endless, Nameless" 7:39

Bonus features[edit]

Easter Eggs[edit]

All video releases, the stand-alone DVD, Blu-ray, and the DVD that comes with the Nevermind "Super Deluxe" boxset, feature the following hidden tracks (easter eggs) from March 8, 1991, at the Commodore Ballroom in Canada.[4]

  1. "Territorial Pissings"
  2. "Breed"

Nevermind Super Deluxe DVD[edit]

The DVD that comes with the limited edition Nevermind "Super Deluxe" boxset features the music videos for the four singles from the Nevermind album. However these are not included with the standalone DVD or Blu-ray release.

  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  2. "Come as You Are"
  3. "Lithium"
  4. "In Bloom"


Chart Peak
Australian DVD Chart (ARIA Charts)[5] 1
Swedish DVD Chart (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 6
Swiss Music DVD Chart (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 4
UK Top 40 Music Video Chart (The Official Charts Company)[8] 4
US DVD Chart (Billboard charts) 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 7,500^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone



  1. ^ Nirvana - Live at the Paramount Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ Nirvana - Live at the Paramount Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ Nirvana - Live at the Paramount Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ Nirvana Live Guide - 1991 Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ ARIA Chart report 17 October, 2011 - DVD Chart Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  6. ^ Search for "Nirvana" Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nirvana - Live at the Paramount (DVD)". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ UK Top 40 Music Video Archive - 8 October, 2011 the Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association.