On this date in 1988, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Foster performed under the name 'Nirvana' for the first time. They were technically billed as "Nirvana: Also known as Skid Row, Ted Ed Fred, Pen Cap Chew, and Bliss" with Lush and Vampire Lezbos also on the bill. Tickets cost $5 for the Saturday show at the Community World Theater in Tacoma, WA.
The set list for that night included "Love Buzz," "Downer," "Floyd The Barber," "Spank Thru," "Paper Cuts," "Hairspray Queen," "If You Must," "Beeswax," "Aero Zeppelin," "Mexican Seafood," "Pen Cap Chew," "Big Cheese," "Blew," "Moby Dick," and "Bad Moon Rising."
This was probably the show where future drummer Chad Channing saw them for the first time. "The sound was really bad; it was really, really noisy," he remembers. "I liked the way they looked more than the way they sounded, but it was pretty cool 'cause Kurt was wearing these high heels and had these really intense bell bottoms on. But I couldn't really make too much heads or tails on what exactly they were playing. It was a combination of just the sound and the room and everything else; when I heard them the second time, I got a little more of an understanding of what was going on...I got into it when they gave me the tape they did with Dale, I thought, well, this makes a little more sense. I knew things were going to happen for them."