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.