Music Diary – 1st March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 1st March!

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On the 1st March 1994, Nirvana played their last concert. Kurt Cobain and his band performed in Munich at Terminal Eins. And there were some power difficulties during the show – so the Grunge rockers had to restart „Come as you are“ after a two minute break.


The setlist of this historic show:

My Best Friend’s Girl (Cars Cover)
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Drain You
Breed
Serve The Servants
Come As You Are
Sliver
Dumb
In Bloom
About A Girl
Lithium
Pennyroyal Tea
School
Polly
Very Ape
Lounge Act
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings
The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie Cover)
All Apologies
On A Plain
Blew
Heart-Shaped Box

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Three days later, Kurt’s wife Courtney Love, found Cobain unconscious in their hotel suite. The singer and guitarist had reacted to a combination of Rohynol and alcohol and so the rest of the tour has to be canceled. On the 8th April 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead. He comitted suicide by shooting himself. The body had been lying there for days – the coroner’s report said, that Kurt’s died on 5th April 1994. He was only 27 years old.

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Music Diary – 20th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 20th February!

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Happy birthday to Kurt Donald Cobain, who was born on the 20th February 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington (USA)!

Kurt already started playing the piano and singing when he was two years old. At the age of seven, his parents divorced – and this was very defining, as he said in an interview:
„I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason. I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn’t face some of my friends at school anymore, because I desperately wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security, so I resented my parents for quite a few years because of that.“

On his 14th birthday, Kurt received from his uncle a guitar – and the young boy started to play over and over again. And he also crossed paths with bassist Krist Novoselic and the duo rehearsed together and formed the band Fecal Matter – which became very soon Nirvana.

During his second year at Aberdeen High School, Kurt was dropped out. And as he had no job, he was also kicked out of his mother’s home. In 1986, Cobain worked at „The Polynesian Resort“ and lived in an apartment. He spent his money mainly for travelling to Olympia (Washington) attending several Rock concerts. At the end of 1987, Cobain and Novoselic recruited drummer Aaron Burckhard. Due to the fact, that Kurt and Krist moved to Olympia, they lost contact to Aaron and so they had to look for a replacement. Finally Chad Channing became the new drummer in the band, which was now called Nirvana. In May 1988, the first concert took place and in November the single debut „Love Buzz“ was released, followed by the debut album „Bleach„, which hit the stores in June 1989. The LP had initial sales of 40,000 copies.


During the recording sessions for the follow-up „Nevermind„, Channing left the band and Dave Grohl completed the new line up. And they also changed the label and left Sub Pop for signing the major record company DGC Records in 1990. And with producer Butch Vig (who was also a member of Garbage), they put twelve songs togehter for the new release. DGC was hoping to sell 250,000 copies, but it was not like that. The single outtake „Smells Like Teen Spirit“ (released two weeks before the album on 10th September 1991) became a huge hit and so in the first week of the release, 400,000 copies of „Nevermind“ were sold in the US. Until today, over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide. The other singles „Come as you are„, „Lithium“ and „In Bloom“ ensured, that „Nevermind“ was still a megaseller in 1992.


In December 1992, the compilation album (with some rarities from the Sub Pop era) „Incesticide“ hit the market. The long anticipated follow up „In Utero“ was finally released in September 1993. Christopher John Farley from „Time Magazine“ wrote in his review:
„Despite the fears of some alternative-music fans, Nirvana hasn’t gone mainstream, though this potent new album may once again force the mainstream to go Nirvana.“ And two months later, on the 18th November 1993, the legendary MTV Unplugged Session happened in New York.


On 1st March 1994, Nirvana played their last concert in Munich. Three days later, Kurt’s wife Courtney Love, found Cobain unconscious in their hotel suite. The singer and guitarist had reacted to a combination of Rohynol and alcohol and so the rest of the tour has to be canceled. And also Cobain’s heroin addiction resurfaced during that period. Kurt started a rehab, but he broke off. He climbed over the wall of the rehabilitation facility and flew to his home in Seattle. One week later, on the 8th April 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead. He comitted suicide by shooting himself. The body had been lying there for days – the coroner’s report said, that Kurt’s died on 5th April 1994. He was only 27 years old.

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Music Diary – 3rd January

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John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

Happy birthday to Mr. John Baldwin, better known as John Paul Jones, who was born on the 3rd January 1946 in Sidcup, Kent (UK). John is a multi instrumentalist and became famous as the bassist and keybord player for Led Zeppelin. Working as a session player, he crossed the paths with guitarist Jimmy Page (who was playing in The Yardbirds at that time) very often. In 1968, Page was planning to found a new band. After recruiting singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham, also John Paul Jones joined this group which was called firstly „The New Yardbirds“. After a mini tour through Scandinavia, the band was baptised Led Zeppelin.


Until the disbanding in 1980, the legendary studio albums “Led Zeppelin” (1969), “Led Zeppelin II” (1969), “Led Zeppelin III” (1970), “Led Zeppelin IV“(1971), “Houses of the Holy” (1973), “Physical Graffiti” (1975), “Presence” (1976) and “In Through the Out Door” (1979) were released.

After his time with Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones has worked with many artists like R.E.M., Jars of ClayBen E. King, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella, The MissionBrian Eno – just to name a few. Beside this and some solo stuff, Jones became in 2009 a member of the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which features Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age).

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Music Diary – 18th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 18th November!

NirvanaMTVOn the 18th November 1993, the legendary recording sessions by Nirvana for the MTV Unplugged show happened. The performance took place at the Sony Studios in New York. The setlist consisted of rare material and cover versions of tracks by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets (during which they were joined by the two members Cris and Curt Kirkwood) and Lead Belly. The TV show was first broadcasted on the 16th December 1993.


The album „MTV Unplugged in New York“ was released seven months after the tragic death of Kurt Cobain and hit the stores on the 1st November 1994. The LP/CD won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. And thirteen years later, on the 20th November 2007, the DVD featuring the whole performance was finally released.

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Music Diary – 11th October

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Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)

On the 11th October 1990 Drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana. The show took place at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington. And the performance was not that easy for the Seattle Grunge rockers and also the fans, because the power went out a few times. So the songs „Molly’s Lips“ (Vaselines cover) and „D-7“ (Wipers cover) could not been finished. Also during „Blew“ the power went out, but Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave played the track to its end, when the power came back.

Here’s the setlist of this very historical show:

Son Of A Gun
Molly’s Lips
D-7
Blew
Negative Creep
Been A Son
Stain
Floyd The Barber
About A Girl
Spank Thru
School
Stay Away
Breed
Big Cheese
In Bloom
Dive
Love Buzz
Scoff
Sliver
Turnaround

Other performers of that night was also the band Witchypoo.

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Music Diary – 7th October

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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)

On the 7th October 1995 the album „Jagged Little Pill“ by Alanis Morissette topped the US charts. This LP became a huge success for Alanis and the best sellig album every by a female artist – over 30 millions were sold worldwide.

It’s the third album by the Canadian singer and the first which was released internationally. All the 12 songs were co-written with producer Glen Ballard and after the release on the 13th June 1995 six singles were outtaken. „You oughta know„, „Hand in my Pocket„, „Ironic„, „You learn„, „Head over Feet“ and „All I really want“ charted also. Five of them went No. 1 in the Canadian Single charts.


The „Rolling Stone“ magazine ranked „Jagged Little Pill“ in 2003 on number 327 list of the „500 greatest albums of all time„.

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Music Diary – 24th September

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Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

On the 24th September 1991 an album was released in the USA, which became a big milestone in Rock and Grunge history: Nirvana’s „Nevermind„. The chart entering was anything but suprising – after the first week the LP was on position No. 144. But this changed, when the Single „Smells Like Teen Spirit“ was played all over the world. So in January 1992 „Nevermind“ peaked the No. 1 place and until now over 30 millions copies were sold world wide.


The three further outtakes „Come as You Are„, „Lithium„, and „In Bloom“ charted also in the whole world.

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