Listen to Three Unreleased Nirvana Songs
are releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of Nevermind on September 29, including a four-CD/one-DVD version, vinyl reissues, and more affordable options. Seattle radio station 107.7 The End is hosting three alternate versions of "Breed," "On a Plain," and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that will be included in the box (pictured below). Check them out here. Photo by Chris CuffaroRELATED ARTICLES: Justin Lowe of After the Burial Picks the Five Songs with the Heaviest Riffs Paul McCartney, Nirvana
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Soundgarden Star Almost Joined Nirvana
... Kurt was the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night, an acoustic that was there." "Then our paths went different ways. Chad, my old friend, we were in a band together, and I was the singer for a band," he said. Shepherd continued to connect with future Nirvana
bassist Krist Novoselic, sharing the same stages and shows; along the way, he provided the link to the band securing drummer Channing, two years before they brought in Dave Grohl. more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Soundgarden Star Almost Joined Nirvana
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Soundgarden Bassist Ben Shepherd Reflects on Almost Joining Nirvana
... He would've played lead guitar, but they stayed a trio Casual fans of Nirvana
might not know the band once considered adding Soundgarden's current bassist as a second guitarist. Ben Shepherd, who toured with Kurt Cobain's band early on in a roadie-like role, looked back on the era in a recent interview with Denver's Westword. "Well, I was supposed to play lead guitar for them," Shepherd said. "But they stayed a three-piece. " Shepherd's near-role as the fourth Nirvana
member has been documented before, including in Michael Azerrad's book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana
. "I didn't really roadie with them," Shepherd told Westword of his time on the road with Nirvana
. "I just went on tour with them. We all did all that shit. It was a blast to get out." Shepherd joined Soundgarden on bass in 1990, replacing Jason Everman, who had also played with Nirvana
. (A little earlier, Kurt Cobain asked Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis about filling in for Everman.) Elsewhere in the Westword interview, Shepherd had some refreshingly frank comments about the video for "By Crooked Steps," from Soundgarden's 2012 reunion album King Animal. Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana
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Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
Krist Novoselic (bass)
Dave Grohl (drums)
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Cobain was found dead on April 8, 1994 by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He killed himself 3 days earlier with a shotgun, leaving behind a rambling suicide note.
Cobain was married to Courtney Love from the group Hole. They met at an L7 and Butthole Surfers concert and were introduced by Grohl. They had a daughter, Frances Bean, in 1992. (thanks, Jonathon - Clermont, FL)
Grohl formed The Foo Fighters in 1995, playing guitar and lead vocals.
Cobain had extensive drug problems. He walked out of rehab 5 days before killing himself.
They were popular on college radio in the Pacific Northwest before signing with David Geffen's record company in 1990.
Their first single was a cover. They recorded "Love Buzz," by The Shocking Blue, in 1988.
The rights to the band are shared equally by Grohl, Novoselic, and Courtney Love. All 3 must agree on any decisions to license Nirvana material.
Two days after Kurt Cobain's body was found about 5,000 people gathered in Seattle for a candlelight vigil. The distraught crowd filled the air with profane chants, burnt their flannel shirts and fought with police. They also listened to a tape made by Cobain's wife in which she read parts from his suicide note. (thanks, April - Houston, TX)
During Nirvana's last tour, a second guitarist by the name of Pat Smear joined the band so Kurt could focus more on singing and less on lead guitar. Smear performed on MTV's Unplugged with the band. He is still an active musician in underground music today. (thanks, Abby - Altoona, IA)
Some of the bands they toured with include Mudhoney, Jesus Lizard and Dinosaur Jr. (thanks, nils - st paul, MN)
Novoselic is 6' 7" tall, and is known for how he jumps around on stage and throws his bass in the air.
The first instrument Novoselic learned how to play was the accordion.
After Nirvana, Novoselic played in the No WTO Combo and Eyes Adrift. He eventually quit the music business, but hosts a radio show on Saturday nights at the Astoria, Oregon community radio station KMUN under the name "DJ K-No."
Before joining Nirvana, Grohl began his music career in the '80s as the drummer for several Washington, DC area bands, most notably the Punk band Scream.
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was a big influence on Grohl, who had Bonham's 3-circle logo tattooed on his wrist.
Grohl played drums on several tracks on the Nine Inch Nails 2005 album With Teeth. (thanks, Jonathon - Clermont, FL, for above 6)
They're from Aberdeen, Washington, but are often lumped in with Seattle. Aberdeen is about 110 miles away from Seattle, which is apparently close enough to link them with that scene.
All three members came from divorced families. Cobain was 7 when his parents split, and he claimed that this was when he became antisocial and rebellious.
Quentin Tarantino received a special thanks from Nirvana in the liner notes of In Utero as he asked Cobain to play Eric Stoltz's heroin dealer part in Pulp Fiction. Cobain didn't take up his offer as it was too close to home.