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OTD Classic Rock Performances & Drama at 1992 MTV VMAs

On this day, September 9 in 1992, there was a lot of drama & some cool performances involving classic rockers at the MTV Video Music Awards.   There was a squabble between Guns N Roses & Nirvana, Mick Jagger presentedVan Halen an award, Elton playing with Axl Rose &  Co, U2 got interactive with Garth from Wayne's World & Eric Clapton delivered a moving performance.
One of the most memorable things about the 1992 VMAs was the squabble between Guns N Roses and Nirvana.  Courtney Love joked/insulted Axl Rose backstage by asking if he'd be Frances Bean Cobain's godfather.  Guns N Roses Duff McKagan & Nirvana's Christ Novoselic.

Speaking of Novoselic, he got clocked in the head that night but it wasn't from a GNR punch, it was from his own bass.


Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic Smashes Himself In The Face After "Lithium"

Well, the title pretty much sums it up. One of, if not THE greatest unintentional moments in rock & roll history, especially those caught on live TV. Bass meets face at the conclusion of "Lithium". 1992 MTV Awards. His swaggering lurch offstage is as classic as it gets.



Guns N Roses won an award and then launched into 'November Rain' with Sir Elton John


Guns N' Roses ft. Sir Elton John - November Rain - VMA 1992

Guns N' Roses with Sir Elton John performing "November Rain" Live at Video Music Awards 1992. All Copyrighted Material Belong To Their Respectful Owners.



Van Halen received the biggest award of the evening of from the biggest star at the show.  They won the VMA for Video Of The Year for 'Right Now' from Mick Jagger. Sammy curses during his speech.


Van Halen - 09-09-92 MTV VMA Video of the Year Acceptance Speech

Best Video of the Year - September 9, 1992 Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles



U2 and Garth from Wayne's World (aka Dana Carvey) had some live satellite interaction during 'Even Better Than The Real Thing'


U2- MTV Video Music Awards 1992. Even Better Than the Real Thing

U2 performs Even Better Than the Real Thing on the MTV Video Music Awards shoe, broadcast September 9, 1992. They perfromed via satellite from the Pontiac Silverdome, in Detroit MI, on their ZOOTV Tour.

Eric Clatpon delivered a moving performance of 'Tears In Heaven' which won an award that night.


Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven mtv awards

Tears in Heaven performed at the MTV awards probably 1993