Nirvana: A Photo Timeline of Their Legendary Career

Nirvana are the band that’s probably the most commonly associated with ’90s grunge, and for good reason. They may not have been the first band with the Seattle sound to release an album and their career may have been short-lived, but their impact was extraordinarily profound and is still felt today.

Nirvana was formed in 1987 by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. They worked with several drummers, but the iteration of the band most famously known is when Dave Grohl was behind the kit. The group only released three studio albums between 1989 and 1993, but Nevermind is one of the highest-selling rock albums of all time at 30 million copies sold.

Their story ended much too soon in 1994 when Cobain was found dead. Grohl and Novoselic decided to go their separate ways and leave the legacy of the band as it was. Their gritty, punk rock-infused sound inspired generations of bands in the decades to come.

Learn more about Nirvana’s legendary career in the photo timeline below.

Top 30 Grunge Albums of All Time

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A Ranking of Every Ozzfest Lineup From Worst to Best

Ozzfest was a revelation when it debuted in 1996. What began as Sharon Osbourne’s revenge plot against Lollapalooza for rejecting her husband morphed into a massive annual roadshow, spawning countless circle pits, protests and riots across its 20-plus-year history. Ozzfest was a breeding ground for fresh talent, giving several metal superstars their break while also hosting historic performances from the genre’s titans.

While every Ozzfest had something to love, not every lineup was created equal. We’ve ranked every U.S. Ozzfest lineup from worst to best, so you can take a trip down memory lane or weep over missed opportunities.

Note: Marilyn Manson appeared on several Ozzfest lineups, some of which are ranked highly on this list. While his inclusion may have improved those lineups at the time, no mention of Manson in the context of this list is meant to overshadow or trivialize the myriad abuse allegations levied against him.

Every Ozzfest Lineup, Ranked

Photos: Ozzy Osbourne Through the Years

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11 U.S. Venues You’ll Want to Travel to When Concerts Return

Life hasn’t been normal in any way for almost an entire year now, but for music fans, one of the worst parts has been the lack of concerts and festivals. And while we don’t actually know when such events can happen on a normal basis again, there’s one thing we do know — we’ll never take them for granted again.

When live music makes its return, we can assume that domestic travel will be allowed to some extent, as well. The United States has some pretty awesome concert venues that you may or may not have heard of, such as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. for example.

Going to a concert while on vacation takes the experience to a whole new level of enjoyment. So, we’ve scoped out some of the most scenic and unique live music venues the U.S. has to offer.

In addition to Red Rocks, you’ll find some other awesome outdoor amphitheaters that are nestled in nature with breathtaking views, one inside of a cave structure and some that just have interesting architecture. Most of the ones mentioned on this list have been prime spots for rock and metal artists to play, unless otherwise noted.

Here’s to taking full advantage of both concerts and travel when they’re both allowed to happen again. See 11 U.S. venues you’ll want to travel to when concerts make their return.

11 U.S. Venues You’ll Want to Travel to When Concerts Return

11 Music Venues That Are Reportedly Haunted

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Rock + Metal Virtual Performance Streaming Calendar

Updated Feb. 12

If you’re missing out on concerts and festivals because of cancelations over the coronavirus, you’re not alone. The live entertainment industry is taking a pretty big hit due to the illness, but musicians are coming together all over to put on streamable live performances for their fans in the meantime.

Dave Grohl and Billie Joe Armstrong have hosted concerts from their living rooms, where they play the classics everyone loves. Whether it’s an online festival in a game or a Facebook live, there’s something for all rock and metal fans alike. Some organizations and labels will be even be hosting a different artist every week.

We have compiled a list of virtual performances you can stream throughout the coming weeks while you continue to quarantine, and will update as more come up. Some will be recurring on a weekly basis, while others are one-time events. See them all below.

Enjoy, and stay safe!

Crush Coronavirus by Washing Your Hands to These Rock + Metal Songs

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10 Best ‘Second Bands’ Rock + Metal Artists Have Been In

The Lonely Ones are a band you may remember as being the ones who did that incredible cover of Queen’s “Flash” and “The Hero,” which drew praise from Queen guitarist Brian May himself. The band is comprised entirely of former members of Bobaflex, who disbanded in 2019.

With their new song “Change the Station” out now, we thought we would have some fun and ask them to talk about their favorite ‘second bands’ prominent rock artists have been in. As is the case with supergroups and second chances, some of the bands feature members who are part of even more than two groups. All right, Jymmy and Marty, time to turn things over to you two…

Hey there!

This is Jymmy Tolland and Marty McCoy from The Lonely Ones. We were in one band then we started a new band — who just released our label debut single “Change The Station” via Imagen Records.

As your resident experts on the subject — here’s the list of our favorite “second bands.”

Follow The Lonely Ones on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify and listen to their new song below before taking a peek at those best ‘second bands.’

The Lonely Ones, “Change the Station” Music Video

10 Best Second Bands Rock + Metal Artists Have Been in According to The Lonely Ones

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The 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001

What a year 2001 was for rock music! You had nu metal dominating the scene, pop-punk providing a solid representation and emo starting to take its place at the table. With this list, we reflect on the year that was with the 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001.

It was a year for breakouts. Who remembers when garage rock was supposed to be the next big thing? It’s not surprising given critically hailed breakout releases from The Strokes, White Stripes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was also a year in which labels rolled out a fresh new batch of nu metal upstarts. Adema, Alien Ant Farm and Puddle of Mudd all made an impression.

Staind took a giant leap forward to become one of the biggest acts of 2001. Incubus channeled their surf surroundings for a gem of a record and Nickelback was inescapable with the most played song of the decade.

Join us as we take a look back at the 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001 in the gallery below:

40 Best Rock Albums of 2001

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The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001

Looking back to the 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001, it has the making of one of the most unique years in the genre’s history, defined by comebacks, evolution and reinvention.

The rumblings of metalcore’s eventual breakout were felt through both landmark releases in the genre in addition to early, raw records by bands who would later help define what was branded as the New Wave of American Heavy Metal (caveat: Avenged Sevenfold and As I Lay Dying‘s debuts did not make this list).

Elsewhere, two German thrash juggernauts and an American staple (SLAAAAAYEERRRRR!!!) roared back with new millennium classics, black metal’s ambitions grew increasingly progressive and experimental and artsy prog was ballooning.

Oh, and then there’s Slipknot and System of a Down who each put out career bests and established themselves as the next gigantic forces in heavy metal.

But enough teasing, let’s get right to it!

The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001

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6 of the Nicest Things Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Has Ever Done

When thinking of nice rock stars, Axl Rose probably doesn’t come to mind for most people. The Guns N’ Roses frontman often gets a bad rap, and we’re not saying whether that’s right or wrong, but he has done some nice things for people that aren’t often acknowledged.

For instance, if you search “nice things Axl Rose has done,” the first article to pop up will be a list that calls him the “biggest douche bag in rock.”

We get it, he was a hotheaded dude back in the day. He threw fits onstage, went on tangents, started a couple of riots, showed up late to shows, got into a lot of fights — the list goes on.

But considering society has rightfully grown much more accepting of mental illness, we can highlight a few reasons as to why the rocker may have acted in certain ways in the past.

Rose’s biological father left when he was very young. He grew up thinking his stepdad, Stephen Bailey, was his real dad until he was 17 when he found papers confirming that his father was actually William Bruce Rose. He later told Rolling Stone that after spending some time in regression therapy, he recalled being kidnapped and sexually abused by his father when he was 2 years old.

He occasionally mentioned having been diagnosed with manic-depression, or bipolar disorder, in interviews throughout the early ’90s, too.

Now, does this justify or excuse any of his actions? Of course not — it wouldn’t for anyone. But it can provide some insight as to why he made certain decisions and was thus painted a certain way by the media for years.

Anyway, the point of this is that people are complicated and we aren’t here to focus on the negative things Rose has done throughout his life. Instead, we are here to focus on the good — aside from his legacy with Guns N’ Roses, of course. Here are the nicest things Rose has done for others.

Six of the Nicest Things Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Has Ever Done

13 of the Best Signature Rock + Metal Stage Moves

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Rock Stars Celebrating Birthdays in February

It may be the shortest month, but February is long on rock stars celebrating their birthdays. Do you share a birthday with a rocker?

There sure was a lot of talent who count February as their birthday month. The original shock rocker, Alice Cooper, will blow out the candles again in February. And once upon a time, the sweet child Axl Rose entered the world ready to kick up a ruckus.

Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins were actually born on the same date back in 1972.

Have a look below to see which rock stars are celebrating birthdays in February.

February Rock Star Birthdays

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25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

The rock world was still finding fresh footing at the top of the 21st century’s second decade. The year 2011 provided some quality records, but in most cases the veteran acts were adding solid selections to their established catalogs rather than turning in their best works.

That said, Foo Fighters gave us arguably their best record since the ’90s with Wasting Light and bands such as Seether, Five Finger Death Punch and Rise Against continued to churn out high quality rock radio gems. The Black Keys showed they were no one-album wonder and prolific rockers Korn decided to shake things up by taking their sound into a new area.

The year also saw the emergence of Black Veil Brides, the returns of Bush and Blink-182 and so much more. Join us as we reflect on the best rock albums of 2011 in the gallery below. And to see the best metal albums of 2011, head here.

25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

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20 Rock + Metal Bands That Formed 30 Years Ago

In case you forgot, we’re here once again to remind you just how old you are. The year 1991 was three decades ago, which means Metallica‘s Black Album and Nirvana‘s Nevermind turn 30 this year.

We’re celebrating a different kind of birthday this time around though — bands.

This isn’t a “bands turning 30” kind of celebration, because unfortunately as history has shown us, bands don’t always last that long. Instead, we’re gonna take a look back simply to see which well-known rock and metal band formed in 1991, AKA 30 years ago.

Perhaps one of the most iconic groups 1991 saw the foundation of was Rage Against the Machine, who would’ve reunited onstage for the first time in around nine years in 2020. Thanks to the coronavirus, that reunion was postponed until 2021, which makes it all the more special as it will also commemorate their 30 year anniversary.

The early ’90s also saw the rise of Norwegian black metal, so several artists from that subgenre were born in ’91 too, including Varg VikernesBurzum project.

Check out 18 prominent rock and metal groups that, at some point in 2021, will have formed 30 years ago, below. See our list of albums turning 30 this year here.

20 Rock + Metal Bands That Formed 30 Years Ago

46 Rock + Metal Albums You Didn’t Realize Were Turning 30 in 2021

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