[Top: Kurt Cobain outside Old Grand Parade Hotel, Grand Parade, Cork City and (above) a flyer for the Sonic Youth/Nirvana gig at Sir Henry’s]
Nirvana played support to Sonic Youth at the 750-capacity Sir Henry’s in Cork on Tuesday, August 20, 1991.
Yesterday journalist Brian O’Connell (on RTE’s Today with Seán O’Rourke), asked former Sir Henry’s manager Seán O’Neill how many actually attended..
“On the night, we didn’t actually sell-out, it was a Tuesday night, this was Sonic Youth gig, really more than Nirvana, which was the support band. I would say probably we had about 300 at the end of the night. My recollection, I think there was about 14 people watching Nirvana at the start, now a few joined afterwards all right but nothing like what people say. People who weren’t even at the gig are now at the gig, you know, or now were at the gig and foresaw everything that was gonna come down the line.”
Kurt Cobain: “My mother has always tried to keep a little bit of English culture in our family. We drink tea all the time. Tea, yeah. Although I’ve never really known my ancestry. I didn’t even know until this year that the name Cobain is Irish. I found out, through different phone books, throughout America, couldn’t find any Cobains at all, so I started calling Coburns. And I found this one lady in San Francisco and she had been researching our family history and we came from County Cork, which is a weird coincidence because, when we toured, we played in Cork. And the entire day I walked around in a daze. I’ve never felt more spiritual in my life. I was almost in tears the whole day. It’s the weirdest thing.”