"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1987
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Nirvana News

Below is our complete Nirvana news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Courtney Love Slams Dave Grohl

The Associated Press has issued the following report:

Though some have labeled Dave Grohl of the FOO FIGHTERS the "nicest guy in rock," Courtney Love would beg to differ.

"Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks," Love says in the August issue of Spin, on newsstands Friday. "He's been taking money from my child for years."

Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, and Grohl, who played drums in NIRVANA, have feuded before. Grohl and NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic became mired in three years of litigation in a dispute over the timing of the famed grunge band's box set, "With the Lights Out".

They settled their legal issues in September 2002 and the CDs were released last year.

The office of Grohl's manager, John Silva, told The Associated Press Monday that Grohl wouldn't comment on Love's criticism.

As for being the "nicest guy in rock," Grohl wonders where the title came from.

"I don't know. Because I don't do coke?" Grohl asks Spin. "I supposed it's not taking anything for granted and feeling lucky to be here.

"There's ... thousands of nice guys in the world! Maybe it's because I have a goofy smile and people are like, `Awww, he's like a little kid!' I'm 36!"

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Dave Grohl On Being Unrecognized In Nirvana

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says of his Nirvana days in Entertainment Weekly's latest issue: "I was the most unrecognizable person [in Nirvana]. Kurt was in the spotlight, Krist was, like 6 foot 8, and I was just kind of this ball of hair in the background."

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McKagan Wonders If He Could Have Saved Cobain

Former Guns N' Roses, current Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan was one of the last, if not the last, person to talk to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain before his suicide. They flew together in first class from L.A. to Seattle in April 1994. "He said, 'Man, I just escaped from Exodus' [a treatment facility]. I didn't have any foresight that the guy was going to do what he did. I could tell he was bummed out, and I'd been that way before. We were at baggage claim, and I thought I'd ask him to come stay at my house. I turned around and he was gone. What if. Only if. A lot of my friends have died. If only he'd ... " McKagan's voice trailed off. "But we're alive. We had a band meeting the other night to talk about business and just kinda take inventory, like, 'Is everybody cool with each other?' And we toasted this thing that we've done, that we've done it on our own terms. And it was so powerful. We didn't say it, we didn't vocalize it, but you could tell it was also like — and we're all still alive. When all five of us could have been dead. And we're not only alive, we're stronger than we were when we were 20 years old."

Read the full article at Seatlle Times.

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Tool's Keenan 'Near Perfect' For Alice In Chains

Travis Hay of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has issued the following report:

Who would've thought Maynard James Keenan, the spooky singer for TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, would have made a near-perfect singer for ALICE IN CHAINS? That was one of the many surprises Friday night when some of Seattle's brightest musical stars came out for a cause at Premier nightclub.

The cause was a benefit concert for victims of last year's tsunami and the stars included Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, SUPERSUCKERS, SIR MIX-A-LOT, THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION and others. But the brightest stars were the remaining members of ALICE IN CHAINS — drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and guitarist Jerry Cantrell — who performed together for the first time in six years.

Novoselic acted as emcee for the show, which was put on by radio station K-Rock (KRQI-FM/96.5) and raised more than $100,000 for relief efforts. More...

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Never Mind Nirvana?

Sure, Nirvana is not exactly metal or grunge or punk. I ran across this article on Nirvana's legacy and found it well wrtten and an interesting read. Here's an excerpt:

You remember Nirvana don't you, small little band out of Seattle, was really big in the early 1990's? They had a lead singer named Kurt Cobain who combined unbelievable song writing talent with unadulterated rage and rancor at the world. They helped kick start the grunge movement, a movement they would never embrace but can?t help but be linked to. They took a shotgun to the remains of hair metal that had dominated the past years of the music scene. Then in 1994, Cobain took a shotgun and blew his brains out. At the time, as is the case whenever a huge musical force passes away at such an early age, people said Nirvana would never be forgotten. Sadly, they have.

Read the full article at Elites TV.

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Nirvana Box Set To Be Released In November

A Nirvana box set will be released on November 23, 2004. It will include 3 CDs and one DVD, featuring previously unreleased rarities and b-sides. Over 50 unreleased recordings, including Kurt Cobain's demos. The DVD will also contain unseen footage and live performances. And, the whole thing comes with a 60-page booklet.

Official information:

Nirvana Box Set - 3 CD & 1 DVD
Street Date: Nov. 23, 2004
Features the hits, live performances, previously unreleased rarities and b-sides
Over 50 unreleased recordings including Kurt Cobain's demos
Hours of unheard music and unseen footage
Features a 60 page booklet. DVD with first edition only
3-panel digipack, front cover is a metal plate
Closed size is 26cm x 14.5cm x 2.5cm. Open size is 81cm x 14.5cm

Pricing, artwork or tracklistings are currently unknown at the time but hopefully that will be available soon.

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Dave Grohl: New NIN Material "Sounds Incredible"

Former Nirvana drummer/current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has spoken to Billboard.com about his previously announced work on the upcoming Nine Inch Nails album, tentatively titled "Bleedthrough." Grohl said NIN leader Trent Reznor called to ask if he would play, and they went into Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, Ca., the next day. "It sounds incredible," Grohl said of the NIN material. "It is [Trent's] first [studio] album in five years. I looked at him and said, 'What have you been doing?'"

As previously reported, Reznor called his collaboration with Grohl "one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences I've had in the studio," adding that Grohl helped the tracks "come alive in a 'better-than-I'd-even-hoped-for' type way."

The follow-up to 1999's "The Fragile", "Bleedthrough" is scheduled for release early next year.

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Kurt Cobains Guitar To Be Displayed In UK Museum

A guitar that deceased NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain played at Britain's Reading Festival will be displayed next month at a museum exhibition chronicling the festival's history, according to ABC ePrep.

The exhibition will be called "Music, Mud and Mayhem - 30 Years Of The Reading Festival", and it will run August 19 through November 28 at the Museum of Reading. According to the museum's web site, the exhibition will chronicle the way the festival has changed in the past 30 years. In addition to the Cobain guitar, the exhibition will include items from FOO FIGHTERS, GENESIS and other acts.

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New Nirvana Book To Be Released April 1st

The much-anticipated new book "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" will be published on April 1 St. via Martin's Press. Dubbed "the ultimate NIRVANA fan book," "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" was written and compiled by independent filmmaker Kurt St. Thomas and rock radio veteran Troy Smith. In "Nirvana, the Chosen Rejects", a wealth of sources, including the authors' personal interviews with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, were used to reconstruct NIRVANA's meteoric rise and the subsequent fall of their troubled lead singer. The result is a front-row perspective of the musical influences that helped nurture NIRVANA's seminal sound, the stories about the creation of their albums, and the ideas that shaped their songs. "Nirvana, The Chosen Rejects" also contains a comprehensive discography and an A-Z listing of every NIRVANA song officially released.

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Krist Novoselic Decides Not To Run For Office

David Postman of The Seattle Times is reporting that former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic has decided against running for lieutenant governor, saying he wants to stay involved in progressive politics but "the whole thing about running a campaign and being a public servant isn't the way to do it."

Instead, Novoselic will concentrate on his work with Music for America, a group working to boost voter participation among young people.

Read the full article at Seattle Times.

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Download Bootleg MP3s of Nirvana's First Gig

A bootleg of NIRVANA's first gig ever has been posted online for download. The nine song recording was made at a house party at 17 Nussbaum Road in Raymond, Washington, in March 1987. You can download all seven tracks from http://www.nirvanaclub.com/xmas2/.

These rare recordings features Aaron Burckhard on drums and offers an interesting setlist including:

1. Downer (soundcheck)
2. Aero Zeppelin
3. If You Must
4. Heartbreaker (cover)
5. How Many More Times (cover)
6. Mexican Seafood
7. Pen Cap Chew
8. Spank Thru
9. Hairspray Queen

All songs are in the MP3 format (192 kbps).

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