It’s become apparent that the music of the ’90s will haunt us forever, in good and bad ways. For instance, this year both U2’s Achtung Baby and Nirvana’s Nevermind are celebrating their 20th Anniversaries. This should make many of you feel old. To help soothe your drying skin and failing memory, both are getting deluxe reissue treatments: Nevermind pops up in September (9/19 in the UK and 9/20 in North America) as a 4-CD/1-DVD “Super Deluxe Edition” via Universal: “The CDs will include previously unreleased recordings, rarities, b-sides, BBC radio appearances, alternative mixes, rare live recordings and an unreleased concert in its entirety on DVD.” You can keep watch for additional events and releases at nirvana.com. As far as U2, they’re also going big with a reissue of Achtung as well as documentation of its related “Zoo TV Tour” and a reissue of the 1993 followup Zooropa. As Rolling Stone notes:
It’s likely there will be separate reissues of Achtung Baby and Zooropa, along with a deluxe box set that incorporates both albums as well as video and/or audio from Zoo TV […] The band is also working on a U2 app for the iPad and other tablets that could be involved with the releases.
The group recently filmed a new performance of songs from the period in a Canadian theater, reportedly for use in a documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim, who worked with the Edge on the guitar doc It Might Get Loud. The band has also discovered substantial unseen footage from the early Nineties. “We were filming everything,” says [U2’s manager Paul] McGuinness. “There’s a lot of material that has never really been seen, and seeing it will be quite startling.”
Get more on U2’s activities at RS.