The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are coming at us Sunday night, and we really had no choice but to indulge in a bit of Grammy nostalgia. But when we started to take a look back, we realized we still had some raw emotions over some stars who’d been overlooked in past years. Which artists suffered some serious snubs back in the day?
Today marks the 45th birthday of one of the most talented and successful musicians of the last 25 years, David Eric “Dave” Grohl. A native of the fertile Washington D.C. music scene, Grohl got his start playing drums for seminal hardcore band Scream but that was just the prelude to his real arrival, when he took over the drum chair for North West alt rockers Nirvana. Grohl’s powerhouse drumming were an essential part of the band’s loud and melodic post-grunge rock. Despite the band’s massive commercial and artistic success, the pressures proved too much for lead singer Kurt Cobain who sadly took his own life in 1994. It was then that Dave Grohl staged one of the greatest second acts in rock n’roll history. Moving from behind the drum kit to the front of the stage, Grohl strapped on a guitar and formed the Foo Fighters. The band has put out seven full-length albums to date and sold millions of records world-wide. But that’s not all. He continues to play drums when the mood strikes him, most notably for Queens Of The Stone Age and the super group Them Crooked Vultures. And he has now added “Director” to his long and diverse resume, manning the camera for 2013′s Sound City documentary. Is there anything he can’t do? When it comes to creativity, apparently not. In honor of his birthday today, we present Dave Grohl’s Greatest Accomplishments.
When we were kids, we dreamed of getting Lego kits to build submarines, castles and the Millennium Falcon. But all that’s changed now that we’re older. Today we want Lego kits build covers of rock ‘n’ roll album art! An awesome new Tumblr called Lego Albums is blowing up the internet by showing off incredibly accurate depictions of famous album covers built from nothing but the beloved toy, and we kind of seriously want one to hang on our wall at home.
The newest class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. This year’s group includes grunge rockers Nirvana, the glam rock band KISS, smooth pop duo Hall and Oates, former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, songbird Linda Ronstadt and folk hero Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam).
Each of the acts is undoubtedly an influential music legend, but this list is making us wonder how Rock and Roll do you have to be to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
As Charles Darwin so famously pointed out way back when, a big part of survival is adapting to your environment. So when Nirvana’s Nevermind was released in 1991 and threatened to wipe out metal for good, it was time for a few changes. Some bands went on hiatus or even disbanded; others began to experiment with their sound, incorporating grunge and alternative influences. The result was a mixed bag – a few albums were actually pretty successful. Others? Not so much.
As he is quick to point out, Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to one of rock’s most exciting periods. In 1986 the Chicago native formed the influential indie label Sub Pop Records to chronicle the louder than love sounds of his adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington. Along with partner Jonathan Poneman they released seminal recordings from such groups as Soundgarden (whose lead guitarist Kim Thayil is a childhood friend), Mudhoney and most famously Nirvana, whom Pavitt is said to have personally signed. The latter two bands are the subjects of Pavitt’s new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, available now from Bazillion Points Books. The book chronicles in photos and text Nirvana’s 1989 tour of Europe with label mates Tad, leading up to their career making appearance at the Lame Fest Sub Pop UK Showcase in London with headliners Mudhoney. Bruce Pavitt spoke to us about grunge’s golden era and the groundbreaking record label he left in 1996 but still maintains close ties to. Read more…
Keith Richards’ Wailing Guitar
John Lennon’s murder by a fan fresh in his mind, The Rolling Stones resident outlaw wasn’t having it when a fan jumped on stage. Thankfully Fender Telecasters are among the more durable guitars on the market.
Axl Rose Attacks Fan, Starts Riot
The mighty mouth of Guns N’ Roses is known for his mercurial temperament and this night really, really did not want having his picture taken. The ensuing melee led to a massive riot for which Rose was later arrested but not convicted for inciting.
What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!
Rock clubs are frequently noisy, smelly, dark and cramped…and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Music history is born out of these crowded and smokey venues, where tomorrow’s megastars are today’s opening act, struggling to be heard over a drunk dude’s repeated request for “Free Bird.” The recent film CBGB paid tribute to the eponymous NYC rock spot, which gave us dozens of timeless bands before closing in 2006. This got us thinking of some other incredible joints that have earned their spot in rock mythology. Read on to see our picks for the 10 most legendary rock clubs of all time!