RNR News and Notes

150 Musicians Gathered for a Flashmob performance of Green Day's 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'

Flashmob group CITYROCKS has done it again - assembling 150 musicians in Romania to perform the Green Day hit - Boulevard of Broken Dreams.  Check out the video - 


The group had previously covered Nirvana‘s ‘Come As You Are’ and Metallica‘s ‘Enter Sandman’.

Impressive as it is - it hardly holds a candle to the 1000 musicans who gathered to perform Foo Fighters! 

Dave Grohl Kicks Off Second 'Hanukkah Sessions' Series With Covers of Lisa Loeb & The Ramones

Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have once again kicked off the holiday season with a second installment of the 'Hanukkah Sessions' - their series of cover songs made famous by Jewish artists. To kick off the 2021 series, Grohl and Kurstin are have an amazing version Lisa Loeb’s coffee house classic “Stay (I Missed You)” and The Ramones "Blitzkreig Bop"





The 2020 series include covers by by Beastie Boys, Drake, Mountain, Bob Dylan, Elastica, The Knack, and The Velvet Underground.


Stay tuned to the Foo Fighters YouTube to see what other songs they cover 



Watch: Jack Black Joined School of Rock Students to Cover David Bowie Classic for school's 50th Anniversary

The Blue Bear School of Music opened its doors in 1971 - and over the past 50 years - they've helped 40,000 students discover the power of rock and roll.  


To celebrate their golden anniversary - students from the “original school of rock” celebrated with a performance of the David Bowie classic “Suffragette City” ... and they were joined by none other than Jack Black - who happened to star in a movie called  ... School of Rock.  



On the performance - Black said: “A good friend of mine (Paul Cummins) told me about Blue Bear and the incredible work they’ve been doing.  I jumped at the chance to celebrate their 50th anniversary by jamming some Bowie with their teen all-star band. So fun. What an honor. They’ve been teaching kids to rock since 1971! I love Blue Bear…the original school of rock!!!”



New Arctic Monkeys album is 'pretty much' finished and coming in 2022, band confirms

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders revealed that the band’s new album is “pretty much” finished and the band plans to tour in 2022 to support the new record 



Drummer Matt Helders dropped some news on the BBC last week - when asked  if the new album was “ready to go”, he replied: “Yeah, pretty much, yeah. It was a bit disjointed how we had to do it, and there are bits to finish off, but yeah, it’s all in the works ... I think by the time we get everything together it’ll be next year. Hopefully we can get out and tour next summer.”

Helders gave a little intel on the album's sound: 

“We tend to always move it on a little bit ... For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense. They always kind of pick up where the other one left off in a way. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of the last record. But we always do try and do something a bit different – it’s kind of hard to describe. You can tell it’s the same band.”


With 2022 festival lineups starting to pop up - could AM land on some in the states?  We shall see 

Jack White Announces He'll Release Two Albums in 2022, Shares Video For First Single: Watch

Jack White has announce he will be releasing two albums in 2022: Fear of the Dawn is due out April 8, while Entering Heaven Alive will be out July 22. The announcement was accompanied by a new video for the first single from the albums -  “Taking Me Back,” directed by White and co-directed by Lauren Dunn, below.


Both Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive are being released via Third Man Records. 

Foo Fighters Set To Star In New Horror Comedy Movie - Studio 666

He was in a band called Scream ... 

He's got one of the most recognizable screams in rock music.  

And now Dave Grohl is hitting the big screen to make you scream.  



Yep- Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett & Rami Jaffee - aka Foo Fighters - are set to star in the a horror movie called Studio 666 (set to hit theaters in the US on Friday, February 25, 2022) 


In STUDIO 666, the legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album.  Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band


“After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level… A full length feature horror comedy film,” said Dave Grohl. “Like most things Foo, STUDIO 666 began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible. Filmed at the same house where we recorded our latest album “Medicine at Midnight” (told you that place was haunted!) we wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that fucking ROCKS. And now, with the help of Tom Ortenberg and the team at Open Road Films we can finally let this cat out of the bag after keeping it our best kept secret for two years. Be ready to laugh, scream, and headbang in your popcorn. STUDIO 666 will fuck you up.”




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Nandi Bushell Paid Tribute to Charlie Watts with a Multi-Instrumental Performance of Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter"

YouTube sensation Nandi Bushell is at it again - this time the musical prodigy has paid tribute to the late Rolling Stones drumer Charlie Watts - via a multi-instrumental loop cover of  “Gimme Shelter.”


In what might be her best videos yet - the 11 year old plays drums, electric guitar, keys, saxophone and even sings.  


Nandi wrote in the video description: 

“This cover is for Charlie Watts, I wanted to do something really special for Charlie. This is my most ambitious cover yet. Gimme Shelter is such an incredible tune. I hope one day I get to jam with The Rolling Stones too. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood – I LOVE THE ROLLING STONES!”



Seriously - the sky is the limit for Nadni! 

Watch Paul McCartney's induction of Foo Fighters into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

After 26 years - the Foo Fighters are one of the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame



... and they had a member of rock royalty give their induction speech - Sir Paul McCartney.  


During his speech - Paul sung the praises of one Mr. Dave Grohl and even commented on the similarities of their careers - 


“So me, a teenaged kid in Liverpool, just an ordinary kid going to school like everybody else. And then one day, I heard some music, and I fell into rock ‘n’ roll. It just happened one day. Suddenly, the world changed, and I just fell through a hole in time, and suddenly, I was in rock ‘n’ roll. OK, so by the same time in his life, Dave did the same kind of thing. You know, he’s just an ordinary, kind of goofy kid… and the same thing happened. He falls through the same hole, and he’s in rock ‘n’ roll. And it’s gonna be his life. It’s gonna take over everything.


And nothing was ever the same again. And it’s so magical. Everyone who knows, everyone who’s connected with it, everyone who loves rock ‘n’ roll, it really is a magical thing that contains so many elements. Like all of the people we’ve heard tonight, I mean, it’s just unbelievable, yeah? So I feel super-privileged to be here tonight, inducting these guys.


So when that happened, and I feel into rock ‘n’ roll, I joined a group. And my group was the Beatles. Like I say, the world changed. Dave did a similar kind of thing. He joined a group — Nirvana. We had a great time with our groups, but then eventually tragedy happened, and my group broke up. The same happened with Dave: His group broke up under tragic circumstances. And so then the question is, what do you do now? And we both were presented with that question. In my case, I thought, “Well, I’ll make an album where I play all the instruments myself.” So I did that. Dave’s group broke up — what’s he do? He makes an album where he plays all the instruments himself. Do you think this guy’s stalking me?


Anyway, so me, I’m going to name my new group, and I call them Wings. So Dave’s got the same problem, and he’s got to think of a name for the group, so he comes up with Foo Fighters. So now the group is formed, and it’s ready to take flight. It’s Dave, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris and Rami – all the members of the Foo Fighters. So here they are tonight. I was just saying to them in the dressing room, ‘This is it. You’re here in Cleveland, and tonight, you’re going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I mean, it’s not just any Hall of Fame, it’s the fucking Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.'”



Paul then went on to join FF for a little jam session - that included  a medley of Best Of You, My Hero and Everlong - as well as the Beatles classic Get Back 





Brandi Carlile "Surprised And Disappointed" At Grammys For Designating Her New Music As Pop, Not Roots

The Grammys are at it again - with some interesting categorization rules ... weeks after Kacey Musgraves was deemed ineligible for inclusion in the best country album -  Brandi Carlile's  single “Right On Time” was accepted as a Pop song and not into any of the American roots categories for the 2022 awards.  


The song was submitted for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best American Roots Song, Best American Roots Performance, and Best Music Video, Short Form. (The album In These Silent Days, as opposed to “Right On Time,” will be eligible for Grammy consideration next year, due to it being released in October.) 



Like Musgraves - Carlile took to social media to express her feelings, posting: 


“Americana/American Roots music is more than a genre to me.  It represents my community, my family, my friends and my beautiful island of misfits. I am also proud that it represents a great number of people actively WORKING to platform marginalized people – LGBTQIA, women, and people of color (who, of course, actually built the genre). 

The importance of staying and working within Americana is greater than just me. There is not a moment where I don’t view my role as something larger. I feel great responsibility in representing marginalized queer people in rural America who are raised on country and roots music but are repeatedly and systematically rejected by the correlating culture. Every rung I can sling my gay sequined boot up on top of gets queer people a little higher on the ladder to being seen as just a bit more human in the great American roots landscape

I am very proud to be the Americana Association’s Artist of the Year two years in a row and to have debuted at number one on the Billboard Americana chart! It was an honor to have made my album at the same place I made my last one….and with all the same folks! Same producers and band. I cut every song live with acoustic guitars, vintage electrics plugged into old fender amps, beautifully aged pianos and with my fog horn vocals bleeding into every mic.

While I’m incredibly flattered to be considered “pop” as a 40-year-old crooning lesbian mother, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit surprised and disappointed to learn the Recording Academy decided to move “Right On Time” out of the American Roots genre and into the pop category.

Being recognized by the Grammys — in any form — is a great honor. I just want folks to know this wasn’t my decision. Regardless, it doesn’t change who I am or what my Americana community continues to mean to me.



Carlile has already won six Grammys awards in the Country, Americana, and Roots categories.  

Led Zeppelin Added Their Entire Catalog of Music to TikTok Today - And The Videos Are Already Priceless


OK Boomers - it's TikTok Takeover Time ! 


Led Zeppelin are the latest classic rock band to allow the social media platform to use their music - uploading their entire catalog of music for viral video creation. 


Here are just a few of our favorite videos posted today: 



Just a joke video! This song is beautiful and John Bonham is one of my favorite drummers. ##ledzeppelin ##johnbonham ##stairwaytoheaven ##drums ##drummer

? ??????????? - Masaya Yuasa




##immigrantsong ##immigrantcat ##cats ##ledzeppelin

? Immigrant Cat - Nadine | Gen X





next?????????????????????w???????????????##??????? ##3?10??

? Immigrant Song (Remaster) - Led Zeppelin


Watch Brandi Carlile make her debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Brandi Carlile made performed for the first time at 30 Rockefeller Plaza -  as this week's musical guest on Saturday Night Live. 


In case you fell asleep - you can check out our pal from Seatlle  performing “Broken Horses” and “Right on Time” from her new album In These Silent Days below 



Listen to 'Taking Me Back' - Jack White's First New Single in 3+ Years

For the first time since 2008  - we have new music from Jack White.  White has partnered with Call of Duty: Vanguard to showcase the tune - titled “Taking Me Back”.  


The song - produced by White at his Third Man Studios in Nashville is featured in a trailer for the new video game.  White also released a sister version -  “Taking Me Back (Gently)” offering a “genuinely gentler” listener experience.  Hear them both below:


Jack White – Taking Me Back (Call of Duty: Vanguard Lyric Video)

Jack White – Taking Me Back (Gently) [Visualizer]

David Bowie Estate Announces "Bowie 75" - Immersive Audio Pop-Ups - Ahead of the Late Icon's 75th Birthday

The David Bowie Estate has announced they will honor what would have been the late icon's 75th birthday with a year long celebration - beginning this month.    “Bowie 75” -  two experiential pop-up shops will open - one at the site of the earliest confirmed Ziggy Stardust sighting, and one in the adopted hometown where Bowie’s final album was created  (London and New York)  on October 25 (75 days before the anniversary) and run through through January.




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The retail pop-ups will feature exclusive merchandise and limited run LPs and CDs - plus immersive and spatial 360 Reality Audio, HD screening rooms with unseen behind-the-scenes footage, gallery installations with “iconic costumes and set pieces”  and “intimate special guest events”


For store hours, events calendars and other announcements and information, sign up and stay tuned to: www.bowie75.com

Stevie Van Zandt Launches His Own Cannabis Line - Little Steven's Underground Apothecary

Stevie Van Zandt has  announced his own line of wellness products - includong a cannabis line -  under the name Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary.



Van Zandt wrote in a statement: 

“The United States may be the only country in the world that considers health care, both physical and mental, as an afterthought.  Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary was created to help combat that issue by focusing on natural, holistic remedies. Some will help relax you, some will help energize you, all will help you take charge of your own wellness.”


Ten percent of all profits from Van Zandt’s Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary will be given to the National Organization for Marijuana Legalization - but if you want get your hands on some - you'll have to head to the  Canna Provisions stores in Lee and Holyoke Massachusetts - as they are the exclusive carriers of Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary pre-rolls. 

Watch Dave Grohl Read Ringo Starr's Bedtime Story Octopus's Garden

Dave Grohl was the latest guest to read a children's book on the BBC television show CBeebies.  The book Grohl read - Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr.


Grohl began the segment by revealing “I love this story because it was written by someone who plays the drums — just like me!”


The book is based on the song Octopus's Garden from the Beatles' album Abbey Road .  


Grohl, who was really enjoying himself - sounded like he was reciting the lyrics to a The Beatles’ song in a calming voice <3 


The Rolling Stones Drop 'Brown Sugar' from Setlist To Avoid Getting Into Any Conflicts

The Rolling Stones are back on the road - just months after the passing of Charlie Watts. But the long time drummer isn't the only thing missing from the band's shows.  The band has decided to drop Brown Sugar from their set lists for fear that the song's lyrics may be misconstrued.  



In an interview with the LA Times - Keith Richards said of the song's omission - 

“You picked up on that, huh?  I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this shit."


Richards also said he's "hoping that we'll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track." 


Mick Jagger said of the song not being in the show:  "We've played 'Brown Sugar' every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes,"


He also said -  “We might put it back in...the set list in a stadium show, it’s kind of a tough one” 


Tears for Fears Share New Song - 'The Tipping Point' - the Title Track From Their 1st LP in 17 years

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith aka Tears for Fears have revealed the details and title track to their first new album in 17 years.  The Tipping Point is due out February 25 via Concord Records. 


Orzabal says:

“Before everything went so right with this album - everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.”


Smith added  “If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”



1. No Small Thing
2. The Tipping Point
3. Long, Long, Long Time
4. Break The Man
5. My Demons
6. Rivers Of Mercy
7. Please Be Happy
8. Master Plan
9. End Of Night
10. Stay

Red Hot Chili Peppers Reveal 2022 Tour Dates With the Strokes, Beck, Haim, St. Vincent, More

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed their 2022 tour plans - and they're pretty epic.  Not only will the shows feature reinstated guitarist John Frusciante - they will also have some pretty amazing opening acts - the Strokes, Beck, Haim, St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak, and more. Thundercat and King Princess will be at select dates (see the full schedule below) 


The tour comes to Nationals Park on September 8, 2022 where RHCP will appear with the Strokes and Thundercat. 


The band announced the tour via KHOT breaking news :)



Here is the full 32 date itinerary: 


06-04 Seville, Spain - Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla =%
06-07 Barcelona, Spain - Estadi Olimpic =%
06-10 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Goffertpark =%
06-15 Budapest, Hungary - Puskas Stadium =%
06-18 Firenze, Italy - Firenze Rocks
06-22 Manchester, England - Emirates Old Trafford =%
06-25 London, England - London Stadium ~%
06-29 Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park ~%
07-01 Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park ~%
07-03 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07-05 Cologne, Germany - RheinEnergieStadium =%
07-08 Paris, France - Stade de France ~%
07-12 Hamburg, Germany - Volksparkstadion =%
07-23 Denver, CO - Empower Field at Mile High *%
07-27 San Diego, CA - Petco Park *%
07-29 Santa Clara, CA - Levi’s Stadium +%
07-31 Los Angeles, CA - SoFi Stadium +%
08-03 Seattle, WA - T-Mobile Park ^%
08-06 Las Vegas, NV - Allegiant Stadium ^&
08-10 Atlanta, GA - Truist Park ^%
08-12 Nashville, TN - Nissan Stadium ^%
08-14 Detroit, MI - Comerica Park ^%
08-17 East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium ^%
08-19 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field ^%
08-21 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre ^%
08-30 Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium ^%
09-01 Charlotte, NC - Bank of America Stadium ^%
09-03 Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park ^%
09-08 Washington, D.C. - Nationals Park ^%
09-10 Boston, MA - Fenway Park #%
09-15 Orlando, FL - Camping World Stadium ^%
09-18 Arlington, TX - Globe Life Field ^%


= with A$AP Rocky
% with Thundercat
~ with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
* with Haim
+ with Beck
^ with The Strokes
& with King Princess
# with St. Vincent

Dave Grohl to read bedtime story based on The Beatles' 'Octopus's Garden' on 'CBeebies'

Following the likes of Elton John and Dolly Parton - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been tapped to read two children's bedtime stories on CBeebies - a British free-to-air children's television channel owned and operated by the BBC. 


The first episode - which airs this Friday - features Dave reading a “magical” Bedtime Story – based on The Beatles’ Octopus’s Garden - that was written by Ringo Starr.  


The story “follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous underwater adventure, riding on the backs of turtles, playing pirates in a sunken city and sheltering from a storm in the octopus’s cave.”


“As a proud father of three, I’ve always enjoyed reading stories to my children, It was a pleasure to read these stories for CBeebies.”



Dave’s new book The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music is out now October 5 via Dey Street Books and Simon & Schuster.

Dave Grohl to read bedtime story based on The Beatles' 'Octopus's Garden' on 'CBeebies'

Following the likes of Elton John and Dolly Parton - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been tapped to be read two bedtime stories to kids on CBeebies - a British free-to-air children's television channel owned and operated by the BBC. 


The first episode - which airs this Friday - features Dave reading a ?“magical” Bedtime Story – based on The Beatles’ Octopus’s Garden - that was written by Ringo Starr.  


The story ?“follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous underwater adventure, riding on the backs of turtles, playing pirates in a sunken city and sheltering from a storm in the octopus’s cave.”


“As a proud father of three, I’ve always enjoyed reading stories to my children,” Dave says. ?“It was a pleasure to read these stories for CBeebies.”



Dave’s new book The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music is out now October 5 via Dey Street Books and Simon & Schuster.

Watch the video for 'Wasted Days' - John Melloncamp and Bruce Springsteen's first ever collaboration

Believe it or not - John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen have never collaborated musically.  The two have shared the stage - but never worked together on a song - until now.  Mellencamp has shared a new song and video for his song with The Boss titled Wasted Days -  an upbeart acoustic anthem.


Mellencamp had teased that  the pair were teaming up in the studio at Clive Davis’ virtual 2021 Grammy gala earlier this year.

The pair were spotted at the Jersey Shore together earlier this month by Susan Fimiani

Portugal. The Man Release Covers of Two '90s Alt-Rock Hits, Announce 2022 Tour Dates

Disclaimer - the RNR family LOVES Portugal. The Man.  


We've hung out with them preshow at the 9:30 Club, they damn near had to kick us out of Merriweather Post Pavilion after our late night pool party, and then there's the Firefly antics we can't really reveal the full details of ... 


So when word of a 2022 tour came - and covers of 2 90's alt rock hits - that include their upcoming tour mates - we were stoked.  



Below you can check out their take on LEN's iconic summer jam “Steal My Sunshine”, which features Cherry Glazerr and an amazing version of Eels' “Novacaine For The Soul” with Sir Chloe. 





Oh yeah - and about that 2/26/22 date with the Lords of Portland at The Anthem you know we're gonna make more memories that night .

WATCH: Pearl Jam and Brandi Carlile Performed an Epic Rendition of 'Better Man' at Ohana Festival

Earlier this month - Pearl Jam played their first show in three years in New Jersey - with a set that included the live debuts of several songs from Gigaton.  


This past weekend- they took the show to the west coast's Ohana Festival.  And during their headlining set - the band was joined on stage by their good friend - Brandi Carlile - who joined them in the performance of the 1994 hit "Better Man" 



Don't miss our livestream performance with Brandi Carlile this Friday (10/1) as we celebrate her new album - In These Silent Days - HERE 

Watch: Bruce Springsteen Shares Trailer for 'No Nukes' Concert Film

In 1979, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed at Musicians United for Safe Energy - two benefit concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  


42 years later- footage of the show are being released in a new concert film and album, The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts (three of the songs from the performance were featured in a 1980 documentary No Nukes).



The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts is a 90-minute composite of the two performances and features their performances of “The River,” “Born to Run,” “Badlands,” Thunder Road,” as well as appearances from Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Rosemary Butler. 



Frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny - who edited the original 16mm film said:


“I quickly realized that these were the best performances and best filming from the Band’s legendary ’70s, and dedicated myself to bringing out the full potential of the footage...Having worked as Bruce’s principal director and editor for the last 20 years, I can say without reservation that this newly re-edited, re-mixed and restored 90 minute film is the gold standard for Bruce and the Band live during one of their greatest creative periods.”


The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert will be released digitally on November 16, with a physical release set for November 19 on vinyl, DVD, Blu-Ray, and CD. The film will be available to rent digitally on November 23.

Nevermind at 30: Dave Grohl on Smells Like Teen Spirit - ?'We just thought it was another cool song for the record...'

In April of 1990, Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain - who were in garage band - from Seattle -  called Nirvana began working on their second album.  The band had not had a steady drummer at this point -  but in September of that year,  Buzz Osborne of the Melvins introduced Novoselic and Cobain to 21 year old drummer Dave Grohl, whose Washington, D.C. based band Scream had recently broken up - and got him an audition for the band.  


Novoselic recalls - "We knew in two minutes that he was the right drummer." 


Grohl said - "I remember being in the same room with them and thinking, 'What? That's Nirvana? Are you kidding?' Because on their record cover they looked like psycho lumberjacks... I was like, 'What, that little dude and that big motherfucker? You're kidding me'."


The band went on to record their major label debut album - Nevermind - released September 24, 1991.  The label, DGC, hoped to sell 250,000 copies of the record.   Nevermind went on to become cultural phenomenon,  selling more than 10 million copies.  



On the 30th anniversary of the record - Dave Grohl spoke to NME on the record’s legendary opening track and lead single Smells Like Teen Spirit:


“I liked the riff that Kurt [Cobain] came up with because it’s percussive. Those muted, stabbing strums in-between the chords really leant to the pattern of the drum riff. 

To be honest, at that point, we were listening to a lot of Pixies – it was Bossa Nova [era]. And we were just having fun, really. We were just coming up with new song after new song every day. Krist Novoselic, I believe, has boombox recordings of all of these – riff ideas that were never used, songs that were shaped into songs for Nevermind – some of them...

...Of course, no-one had any psychic foresight to imagine that the song (Smells Like Teen Spirit) would go on to do what it did. We just fuckin’ rocked it in a little rehearsal space that was like a barn. I didn’t know what the lyrics were; Kurt’s melody pattern changed every other time we played it and it wasn’t really until we got into the studio to record it that I realised the power of the song. And not just lyrically or musically, but the groove of the song – it was really powerful. 



I think everyone was more focused on songs like In Bloom or Lithium or Breed, nobody really paid too much attention to Teen Spirit while we were recording it. We just thought it was another cool song for the record."

30 years later ... it's still a pretty cool song