Evanescence are a super group..... It's aparted by Amy Lee, Rocky Gray,
Terry Balsamo, John LeCompt and William Boyd. First CD: Fallen. Big hits: "Going under", "Bring me to life", "My Immortal",
"Everybody's fool". Unluckily, Ben Moody left mysteriously the group. Rumors say that he did it because he didn't like that
every magazine was having mainly Amy's pictures. He wanted more famousness. He was replaced by Terry Balsamo. A 2nd cd came:
"anywhere but home". In October, a new cd comes!!! "the open door". Patience!
At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly
rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly,
misogynist, violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit "Sweet Child
O' Mine" showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones,
Axl Rose screeched out his tales of sex, drugs, and apathy in the big city; bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler
were a limber rhythm section that kept the music loose and powerful. Guns N' Roses' music was basic and gritty, with a solid
hard, bluesy base; they were dark, sleazy, dirty, and honest -- everything that good hard rock and heavy metal should be.
Guns N' Roses released their first EP in in 1986, which led to a contract with Geffen; the following year, the band
released their debut album, Appetite for Destruction. They started to build a following with their numerous live shows, but
the album didn't start selling until almost a year later, when MTV started playing "Sweet Child o' Mine." Soon, the album
shot to number one and Guns N' Roses became one of the biggest bands in the world. By the end of 1988, they released G N'
R Lies, which paired four new, acoustic-based songs with their first EP.
Guns N' Roses began to work on the follow-up
to Appetite at the end of 1990. In October of that year, the band fired Adler, claiming that his drug dependency caused him
to play poorly; he was replaced by Matt Sorum from the Cult. During recording, the band added Dizzy Reed on keyboards. By
the time the sessions were finished, the new album had become two new albums. After being delayed for nearly a year, the albums,
Use Your Illusion I and II, were released in the fall of 1991. The Illusions showcased a more ambitious band; while there
were still a fair number of full-throttle guitar rockers, there were stabs at Elton John-style balladry, acoustic blues, horn
sections, female backup singers, ten-minute songs with several different sections, and a good number of introspective, soul-searching
lyrics. In short, they were now making art; amazingly, they were successful at it.
While the albums sold very well
initially, the band soon fell out of favor. Stradlin left the band by the end of 1991 and with his departure the band lost
their best songwriter. Once Nirvana's Nevermind hit the top of the charts in early 1992, there was a distinct division between
what was cool in hard rock and what wasn't; Guns N' Roses -- with all of their pretensions, impressionistic videos, models,
and rock star excesses -- were very uncool. The band didn't fully grasp the change until 1993, when they released their album
of punk songs, The Spaghetti Incident?; it received some good reviews, but the band failed to capture the reckless spirit
of not only the original versions, but their own Appetite for Destruction. By the middle of 1994, there were rumors flying
that the band was about to break up, since Rose wanted to pursue a new, more industrial direction and Slash wanted to stick
with their blues-inflected hard rock.
Kurt Cobain Biography
Kurt Donald Cobain was the leader of Nirvana, the multi-platinum grunge band that redefined
the sound of the nineties.
Cobain was born on the 20th of February 1967 in Hoquaim, a small town 140 kilometres south-west
of Seattle. His mother was a cocktail waitress and his father was an auto mechanic. Cobain soon moved to nearby Aberdeen,
a depressed and dying logging town.
Cobain was for most his childhood a sickly bronchitic child. Matters were made
worse when Cobain's parent's divorced when he was seven and by his own account Cobain said he never felt loved or secure again.
He became increasingly difficult, anti-social and withdrawn after his parent's divorce. Cobain also said that his parent's
traumatic split fueled a lot of the anguish in Nirvana's music.
After his parent's divorce Cobain found himself shuttled
back and forth between various relatives and at one stage homeless living under a bridge.
When Cobain was eleven he
heard and was captivated by the Britain's Sex Pistols and after their self-destruction Cobain and friend Krist Novoselic continued
to listen to the wave of British bands including Joy Division the nihilistic post-punk band that some say Nirvana are directly
descended from in form of mood, melody and lyrical quality.
Cobain's artistry and iconoclastic attitude didn't win
many friends in high school and sometimes earned him beatings from "jocks" Cobain got even by spray painting "QUEER" on their
pick-up trucks. By 1985 Aberdeen was dead and Cobain's next stop was Olympia. Cobain formed and reformed a series of bands
before Nirvana came to be in 1986. Nirvana was an uneasy alliance between Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and eventually drummer
and multi-instrumentalist Dave Grohl
By 1988 Nirvana were doing shows and had demo tapes going around. In 1989 Nirvana
recorded their rough-edged first album Bleach for local Seattle independent label Sub-Pop
In Britain Nirvana received
a lot of recognition and in 1991 their contract was bought out by Geffen, they signed to the mega-label, the first non-mainstream
band to do so. Two and a half years after Nirvana's first C.D. Bleach was released they released Nevermind, a series of different,
crunching, screaming songs that along with it's first single Smells Like Teen Spirit would propel Nirvana to mainstream stardom.
Smells Like Teen Spirit became Nirvana's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognizable song. Not many people can
decipher it's exact lyrics but Cobain used a seductive hookline to hook the listener. Nevermind went on to sell ten million
copies and make a reported $550 million (US) leaving Nirvana overnight millionaires. Cobain was shocked at the reception of
his highly personal and passionate music repeatedly telling reporters that none of the band ever, ever expected anything like
this. It quickly became obvious that the obsessively sickly and sensitive 24yr old was not going to cope well with the rock'n
roll lifestyle. "If there was a rock star 101 course, I'd really have like to take it," Cobain once observed. Cobain fell
into heroin in the early 90's, he said he used it as a shield against the rigorous demands of touring and to stop the pain
of stomach ulcers or an irritated bowel. Through the touring and pressure Cobain continued to write his very personal acutely
Cobain was distressed to find out that what he wrote and how it was interpreted could quite often
be miles apart. He was appalled when he found out that Polly a heavily ironic anti-rape song had been used as background music
in a real gang-rape. He later appealed to fans on the Incesticide liner notes "If any of you don't like gays or women or blacks,
please leave us the fuck alone." It was to no avail, Cobain found that as an overnight millionaire musician control was something
he had very little of. Cobain also worried that his band had sold-out, that it was attracting the wrong kind of fans (i.e
the type that used to beat him up.)
In February 1992 Cobain skipped off to Hawaii to marry the already pregnant Courtney
Love. Later in the year Nirvana released Incesticide and in August Cobain had hospital treatment for heroin abuse. Shortly
after Frances Bean Cobain was born. In early 1993 In Utero was released into the top spot on the music charts. In Utero was
widely acclaimed by the music press and it contains some of Cobain's most passionate work. In Utero was a lot more open than
Nirvana's previous albums. Songs like All Apologies and Heart Shaped Box detailed aspects of Cobain's sometimes shaky marriage,
other songs like Scentless Apprentice detailed the agonies and struggles of Cobain's experiences.
on a support tour and recorded and filmed an "unplugged" (acoustic) performance for MTV in November of 1993. Nirvana's choice
to honour bands and people that had influenced them and Cobain's passionate and intense vocals especially on "Where Did You
Sleep Last Night?"silenced many of their who had labeled Cobain talentless. Rumors circulated that the MTV Unplugged compilation
would be Nirvana's last album and the band were splitting up.
Cobain was a gun fanatic and always had several in his
possession or in various forms of confiscation. In the northern winter of 1993-94 Nirvana embarked on an extensive European
tour. Twenty concerts into the tour Cobain developed throat problems and their schedule was interrupted while he recovered.
While recovering Cobain flew to Rome to join his wife who was also preparing to tour with her own band.
On March the
4th Cobain was rushed to hospital in a coma after an unsuccessful suicide bid in which he washed down about fifty prescription
painkillers with champagne. The suicide bid was officially called an accident and was not even made known to close friends
and associates. Several days later he returned to Seattle. Cobain's wife, friends and managers convinced Cobain, who was still
in deep distress to enter a detox program in L.A. According to a missing person's report filed by his mother Cobain fled after
only a few days of the program.
Cobain was cited in the Seattle area with a shotgun. Days later on the 5th of April
he barricaded himself into the granny flat behind his mansion, put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. On Thursday
April the 7th ~ two days after a medical examiner says Cobain shot himself and the day before his body was found police say
Courtney Love herself was taken to hospital in L.A. for a drug overdose. Released on bail, Love checked herself into a rehab
center but left soon after a friend called her the next day with news of Cobain's death.
Cobain's body was found when
an electrician visiting the house to install a security system went round the back of the house when no one answered the front
door and peered through windows. He thought he saw a mannequin sprawled on the floor until he noticed a splotch of blood by
Cobain's ear. When police broke down the door they found Cobain dead on the floor, a shotgun still pointed at his chin and
on a nearby counter a suicide note written in red ink addressed to Love and the couples then 19 month old daughter Frances
The suicide note ended with the words "I love you, I love you." Two days after Kurt Cobain's body was found
about 5,000 people gathered in Seattle for a candlelight vigil. the distraught crowd filled the air with profane chants, burnt
their flannel shirts and fought with police. They also listened to a tape made by Cobain's wife in which she read from his
suicide note. Several distressed teenagers in the U.S. and Australia killed themselves. The mainstream media was lambasted
for it's lack of respect and understanding of youth culture.