As reported previously, Post Malone held a livestream concert last night for charity via his YouTube channel. He performed Nirvana “hits and fan favorites” while raising money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Among the musicians backing Post during the performance is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Throughout the show, Google will match all donations at up to $5 million, with all proceeds going to the UN Foundation. Not only did Posty have Kurt Cobain widow and co-estate executor Courtney Love’s blessing, Nirvana member Krist Novoselic watched the stream and tweeted his support and delight at the covers. Watch now! Continue reading
Bill Rieflin, who had a four-decade career as a drummer across Punk, Alternative Rock, Industrial Metal, and Progressive Rock has died. He was 59. Initial reports of his passing made no mention of a cause of death, but his Wikipedia page reported a battle with cancer, confirmed by his friend, session drummer Kevin Chamberlin. Most recently Bill was the drummer for King Crimson and the news was reported by KC founder Robert Fripp in a very sad and touching memorial via Facebook. Fripp wrote that Rieflin’s wife, Tracy, called him with the news. “Tracy told Toyah (Fripp’s wife) and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you.” Rieflin’s career began in his hometown of Seattle, where he drummed with a variety of local acts, notably the punk rock group The Blackouts. The band’s final EP was produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, with whom Rieflin became friends with. Jourgensen recruited the Rieflin to join Ministry when Blackouts broke up, and Rieflin played on the band’s 1988 album The Land of Rape and Honey, an industrial music iconic album in the genre. He continued as a member of the group through the mid-90s, contributing to five of the band’s LPs. Following his departure from Ministry in 1996, he played with KMFDM, New York experimental band Swans and folk group Angels of Light. Rieflin also played on Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 double album The Fragile. Also that year, he released his debut solo album, Birth of a Giant. It was during this time that a publicist introduced him to R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. The drummer would then join and contribute to R.E.M.’s final three albums — 2004’s Around the Sun, 2008’s Accelerate and 2011’s Collapse Into Now. Rieflin had previously collaborated and remained friends, announced that the drummer had joined King Crimson in 2013. Rieflin would tour with the group and appear on five of their ensuing live albums, released between 2015-18. He had been absent from the group since taking an indefinite sabbatical in 2019. Bill was an incredible drummer and kind soul. Not many artists can say they wrote and performed with three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts (King Crimson, R.E.M., and Nine Inch Nails) as Bill did. Many artists paid tribute to Bill, including fellow Seattle musician Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. We send out condolences to Bill’s family, friends and many fans at this time. Continue reading
As hinted at by Dave Grohl last week, the surviving members of Nirvana, (Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) reunited for a mini-set at Cal Jam Festival last night. Filling in for the late Kurt Cobain was Joan Jett, John McAuley of Deer Tick and Brody Dalle! You can watch fan-filmed videos of their mini-set during The Foo Fighters headline show below. Continue reading
According to a report from the Pulse of Radio, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl may be plotting a reunion of his former band, Nirvana at this weekend’s Cal Jam Festival. Cal Jam is the Foo Fighters own fest that brings back a name from the glory days of 70s and 80s rock n roll. The Foo’s put out two cryptic tweets indication that the 2014 reunion of Nirvana which included Krist Novoselic and Joan Jett, also playing at Cal Jam, in place of Kurt Cobain, done for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, maybe happen again. We’ll keep following this story. A performance would be timely since the 25th anniversary of the In Utero (DGC) album just passed a few weeks ago. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that the early 1990s are now a full generation plus in the rearview. One of the definitive albums of that era for any music fan is Nirvana’s Nevermind (DGC). Whether you like the band or the album or not, the impact they made with that album is still sending shockwaves being felt today. What about the band themselves? How do you top a masterpiece and a hit album you never wanted? Well if you were Kurt Cobain, you know the answer is you don’t even try. With their follow-up In Utero (also DGC), Cobain undoubtedly felt like they had made an album closer to what they were originally aiming for in their journey as a group: the vibe of raw punk, but with the sophisticated writing of great classic rock. It was a dichotomy that made the band so special and loved by both fans and critics. Of course not knowing at the time it would be their final studio work, but In Utero gives a pretty fair idea of what was possible for the “biggest band in the world” in 1993. Continue reading
Nirvana fans got a huge surprise a few days ago at the end of the Foo Fighters concert in Eurgene, OR, as Krist Novoselic joined the band, which includes his former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, for a rendition of the bands’ early hit ‘Big Me’. Watch the video below. Continue reading
Do you remember where you were on September 24th, 1991? That is, if you were even alive, since it was a quarter century ago. I was in class at community college in my home town. As usual I was hanging out on the soccer field, guitar in hand, hanging with my usual band of freaks, geeks, stoners, punks, metalheads, and the like. The buzz around campus was this song ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ that was not only all over MTV, but also becoming an actual hit song on the radio.