Thursday, October 7, 2010
Hindsight is always 20/20 and I'm glad someone had that back in March 1987 when they pulled out a cassette deck and recorded some Aberdeen three-piece's set at a local house party. Jamming a bunch of Zeppelin tunes as well as a few originals, the gig was the band's first and lasted nearly 50 minutes. Of course non of this would matter if in fact the band hadn't eventually become what some believe to be the most influential musical group since the Beatles. Nirvana in embryo, in tiny Raymond, Washington (pop 3000) - drummer Aaron Burckhard only lasted through the rest of the year before Kurt fired him and house owner Tony Poukkula played rhythm guitar on the two Zeppelin jams (the incredible "Heartbreaker" can be found on the With The Lights Out box set). An amazing snapshot of a band; 4 years later they were the biggest thing in the world, yet here they are, three 20-year old guys jamming in front of friends for some keg beer. Drink up.