A virtual Nirvana tribute show by rapper US Post Malone on Friday has raised over $500,000 for the United Nations Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The rapper and die-hard Nirvana star was joined remotely by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and two musician pals for the charity show.
"What’s up, party people," Malone said at the start of the livestreamed show. "We’re gonna play some Nirvana for you, and have some fun, and hopefully I don’t f*** up… Thank you to the gentlemen who wrote these beautiful songs."
The 80-minute set featured several tracks from Nirvana’s classic album Nevermind, including Lithium, Drain You, and Come As You Are, as well as Very Ape and Heart-Shaped Box from their third studio album, In Usero, and About a Girl from their debut, Bleach..
Cobain’s widow Courtney Love gave the rap star her blessing to perform her late husband’s songs before the event went live and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic live-tweeted during the livestream.
"I don’t think these fellows can play any better. They are on fire…!," he said. "I am holding emotions back the whole show."