Before Kurt Cobain’s star-crossed existence became eclipsed by mental breakdowns, tumultuous relationships, and addiction, Nirvana hovered under the radar, spinning their unkempt wheel until their big break. And how did they bide their time? By opening for Chicago’s Eleventh Dream Day at Metro on September 30, 1989. Cobain’s gruff, distressed vocals complemented the clangor of Eleventh Dream Day’s firmly rooted alt-rock. Cycling through a set rife with Cobain’s trademark snarls and steady guitar thrashing, Nirvana vacated the stage following a performance of grungy beachcomber catalog cornerstone “About A Girl,” which can be viewed above along with a selection of other songs from the set.