Rapper Post Malone, a huge Nirvana fan, pulled off a livestream tribute concert to the band on his YouTube channel Friday night (April 24th), performing a 75-minute set that included almost the entire Nevermind album — except for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Polly” — plus three cuts from In Utero and two from Nirvana's first full-length LP, Bleach.
Backing Post during the performance were Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, along with guitarist Nick Mack and bassist Brian Lee. The concert doubled as a fundraiser for the United Nations Foundation's COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Fund and at press time, had raised nearly $3 million. Google was matching the amount raised up to $5 million.
Notable supporters of the tribute set included Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, who posted on Instagram about the event, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who issued a stream of positive and enthusiastic tweets throughout the show. At press time, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had yet to comment.
Malone also mentioned that he is working on a new album, and is “trying to put it out as soon as I f**king can.” His latest record, Hollywood's Bleeding, was released last fall.