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Incredibly Famous Bands Playing Shows You Would Never Imagine They Would

Updated February 27, 2020 1.1k votes 640 voters 130.3k views15 items

It's easy to see why some bands have made it big based on their early shows. Famous rock bands and rappers will usually have someone, either a friend or family member, record a given performance, especially during their early years. When the footage is released, it's nothing short of amazing to see some of our biggest stars in a similar setting to where we likely would have performed if we were in bands.

There are some awesome clips on this list - some that few knew existed. While there are a bunch of videos floating around on the Internet, seeing a pre-Bleach Nirvana play at Radio Shack in Aberdeen, WA, in 1988, to literally no one outside of the cameraman is a treasure for any fan of the grunge icons. This early footage shows Kurt Cobain at his rawest and this early show gives fans a bit of insight of what it was like to hear Nirvana during their earliest stages.

Given the popularity of many of these musicians, it's hard to imagine how people didn't catch on to them at these early shows. At this 1986 Guns N' Roses acoustic show, you can hear people talking amongst themselves during early versions of "Move to the City."

Sit back, enjoy some of your favorite musicians before they became the stars you know today, vote up the most surprising videos.

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    Green Day Playing At A High School During Recess (1990)

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    Pearl Jam's First Show At The Off Ramp Cafe (1990)

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    The Ramones Rock CBGB's (1974)

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    Beastie Boys On A TV Show As A Punk Band (1983)

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