Who did it better? St. Vincent and Muse Cover Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’

Saturday marked the tragic 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The iconic Nirvana singer took his own life on April 5, 1994. Fans and media took to the internet to pay tribute to Cobain, while some artists decided to pay their respects on stage. St. Vincent and Muse were performing on different continents Saturday night, but both¬†bands decided to honor Cobain’s legacy with a cover of his song, “Lithium.”¬†

St. Vincent and Muse Honor Kurt Cobain

Performing at Lollapalooza Brazil, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy informed the crowd, “Someone great died 20 years ago today.” The band launched into a cover of the Nevermind single, “Lithium.” Seeing such a large international crowd sing along to the song more than two decades after its release was a sobering reminder of Cobain’s profound, far-reaching impact.

Meanwhile, around the same time in Chicago, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark performed her own rendition of the song at the Riviera Theater. This performance was a bit more intimate in comparison to the international festival headliners’.

Both performances stayed pretty true to the source material. Annie Clark’s trailblazer reputation lent a little more authenticity to the performance, but the gravity of Muse’s headlining performance is hard to ignore.

Watch both performances below and let us know who did it better!

Muse – “Lithium” (Nirvana Cover) at Lollapalooza Brazil

St. Vincent – “Lithium” (Nirvana Cover) at Chicago’s Riviera Theater

Article by Jason Schellhardt

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