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From Zero to Hero

by Erika Gimenes
How to live on One dollar a day: Nirvana edition

“There was a gas station across the street from the apartment that Kurt and I lived in and they had a three for 99 cent corn dog deal,” Grohl said as he reminisced about the early days of Nirvana. In an interview with BBC Breakfast he continued to tell the story.

“We had no money so we didn’t have food, but we did have 99 cents a day. If you could manage to budget three corn dogs in a 24-hour period, you could survive on that, and we did. What we really survived on was the music.

That’s the thing, is that if we didn’t have those songs, or we didn’t have that band, or didn’t have the music, I think everyone would’ve just packed up and went home.”

“Drain You” was better

Speaking of Nirvana (sorry it was their 30th anniversary last week and I am still reminiscing here). How did Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain feel about “Teen Spirit,” really?  Well, if you must know, he didn’t understand why everyone loved it so much. Decades later, a Rolling Stone article resurfaced, where Cobain says in his own words his thoughts at the time. “Everyone has focused on that song so much,” Cobain said. “The reason it gets a big reaction is people have seen it on MTV a million times. It’s been pounded into their brains. But I think there are so many other songs that I’ve written that are as good, if not better, than that song, like ‘Drain You.’ That’s definitely as good as ‘Teen Spirit’. I love the lyrics, and I never get tired of playing it. Maybe if it was as big as ‘Teen Spirit’, I wouldn’t like it as much.”

2022 Super Bowl Halftime show

Oh goodie! Now us rock fans have extra time to grab a few more drinks during the show.  Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg will all perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show in February. When was the last time a real rock band performed. Do sports fans just not listen or care about rock music anymore? Wouldn’t it be cool to have the Foo Fighters or a real rock act perform at the show instead, you know, to pump people up? I swear it’s been years since I saw a real band in there. Can you imagine if Metallica did a black album medley during half-time? Just a thought. Who am I kidding? It will probably never happen.

He can get no satisfaction

I bet you at least a handful of Rolling Stone fans are kicking their ass right now.  The Rolling Stones were in Charlotte, NC, to play a show on the No Filter tour. Mick Jagger dropped into the Thirsty Beaver Saloon and no one recognized him. The place apparently was filled with Stones fans, including some people who had floor seats to the show. The singer found it so amusing, he posted a picturing of him having a good ol’ time on his twitter account.




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