Nirvana Manager Recalls How Kurt Cobain Showed His Huge Potential In Front Of 800 People

The former manager of Nirvana, Danny Goldberg, appeared as a guest in the Whatever, Nevermind podcast and recalled how Kurt Cobain revealed his musical potential while facing a crowd of 800 people.

Nirvana is among the best-selling bands of all time, with 75 million records sold, and their career started when Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain formed the band in 1978. Although they disbanded following Kurt Cobain’s tragic passing, Nirvana still significantly influences rock musicians.

This year marks Nirvana’s best-known album ‘Nevermind’s 30th anniversary. The iconic band released the album back in 1991, without high hopes. However, ‘Nevermind’ achieved immediate success following the release and topped the charts while selling 300,000 copies in a week. Since then, the record has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is still most fans’ favorite.

During a recent interview on the show Whatever, Nevermind, Nirvana’s manager Danny Goldberg shared some stories from his career. He recalled the way Kurt Cobain showed his true potential in front of 800 people. Goldberg claimed that he was highly impressed after seeing him perform. He then said Kurt had a unique kind of intimacy with the fans, and it was like he was talking to them individually.

Danny Goldberg told Whatever, Nevermind that:

“While they were rehearsing the songs that Kurt Cobain wrote for ‘Nevermind,’ he wanted to do a gig in L.A. just to try some of them out in front of an audience, and they opened to – Dinosaur Jr. was the headliner, at The Palace, probably 800-900 people.

So I went by myself and was just blown away when I saw him on stage, and the intimacy he had with the audience, it was like he was talking individually.

Once I saw them live, I fell head over heels in love with them as an artist, even though I was 40 and way older than most of their audience, I could recognize the genius when I saw them live. That was the moment, but that was a few months that we were already managing them.”

In the same podcast, Danny Goldberg also talked about his current efforts, how he started to work as the manager of Nirvana, who Kurt really was, and the key points of the band’s career.