On August 30, 1992, Nirvana headlined the final night of Reading Festival. With media speculation that the frontman was ‘unwell’, he arrived in a hospital gown and blonde wig, sat in wheelchair pushed by journalist Everett True. He stood up, grabbed the mic, croaked a line from Bette Midler’s The Rose and promptly collapsed. It was all a big joke and the band went on to play a legendary set and it was to be their final UK appearance. “Kurt had been in and out of rehab, communication in the band was beginning to be strained,” Dave said in an interview with The Scotsman. “Kurt was living in LA, Krist and I were in Seattle. People weren’t even sure if we were going to show up.
“We rehearsed once, the night before, and it wasn’t good,” he added. “I really thought, ‘This will be a disaster, this will be the end of our career, for sure.’ And then it turned out to be a wonderful show, and it healed us for a little while.”