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15 Shocking Facts About Kurt Cobain

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Kurt Cobain was more than a musician. For many, he was a voice of a generation, in a time when hope was dwindling and music was too manufactured. Enter Cobain and his stripped down guitar, lyrics, and a message that was always high on revolution, challenging the status quo, and love, always full of love.

A lot was written during his ascent to stardom, during the ups and downs of his band Nirvana as well as after his death by suicide. Some is shocking, some strange, but regardless, it’s very interesting. Cobain was a unique individual that, despite being quiet, was always the center of attention once he entered a room or took the stage.

So what didn’t make the list? There was a rumor that Cobain auditioned for the Melvins prior to forming Nirvana. This is not true. Did you know what Cobain did the first time he saw his video “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on television? He called his mom. See, stars are just like us! Cobain also wrote about sexual assault, but it’s not the song “Rape Me” that many associate to this. That song is more about the media and their relationship with his band. The song “Polly” was based on a sexual assault story he heard about, written from the perspective of the woman who was assaulted.

Ready to learn more about the grunge god Kurt Cobain? We’ve got dedicated songs, some of Cobain’s favorite people and even a petting zoo? Say what? That’s right, it’s time to get started. Here are 15 shocking facts you didn’t know about Kurt Cobain.

Read the full list at TheRichest.com

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Nirvana and Van Halen: David Lee Roth is talking again

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David Lee Roth, the always outspoken Van Halen front man, is at it again.  In his latest publicity tour, Roth blames Nirvana for his downfall and talks potential new Van Halen music.  In an interview with Buzzfeed, Roth is asked about bumps in the road he responds,

Two words: Kurt Cobain. I went from playing to 12,000 people to 1,200. From arenas to casinos and state fairs and the local House Of Blues. That will cause you to reflect a lot more clearly on your values. Fun wasn’t seen as fun anymore.

Cobain and the “grunge” movement may have contributed, but let’s not forget about the over-the-top glam bands and excessive use of spandex.  They contributed and all involved (including Roth) have to accept responsibility to what became an overexposure of the hard rock genre.

Also this week, Roth talked with Australia’s Faster Louder and sort of answered the question on whether there were any plans for new Van Halen music.

Yes. I was just on the phone with the fellas … We are going to be getting together, not this month, at the end of June to start preparing for some new recording and some new songs, but we’re touring a little bit this year. That’s kind of a surprise. We’re in Australia, we’re doing a Japan tour for a couple of weeks, and we’re doing some American stuff. That comes as a bit of a surprise. Van Halen projects are a bit like James Bond movies. They come around about once every three-and-a-half years. Any sooner and it’s like, “Weren’t you just here?”

So there you have it.  Whether it’s holding a grudge since the early nineties or comparing Van Halen to James Bond (while insinuating the band may record new music) one thing is for sure.  David Lee Roth is good for rock and roll, and I hope he keeps talking.