• From left: Mark Lanegan, Barrett Martin, Van Conner, and Gary Lee Comer / Photo by Joe Giron

    Screaming Trees Look Back at 20 Years of 'Nearly Lost You'

    At the onset of the '90s, major labels didn't consider the Screaming Trees an especially attractive prospect — literally. "I recall getting in an argument with a superior who was saying, 'Look at the two fat guys in the group. How could that be successful?'" recalls Bob Pfeifer, who was an A&R executive at Epic Records. The "fat guys" in question were guitarist Gary Lee Conner and his younger brother, bassist Van Conner, who cofounded the psych-rock Trees with brooding baritone Mark Lanegan and drummer Mark Pickerel in their rural hometown of Ellensburg, Washington, in 1985. Pfeifer ultimately prevailed, signing the Trees in 1990. And it took only two years for the band to prove themselves a commercial success when they scored their biggest hit, "Nearly Lost You," a triumphant, yearning rocker powered by new drummer Barrett Martin.

  • Hole's Courtney Love

    Classic Hole Lineup Reunite for 'Miss World' In Brooklyn

    Courtney Love ended a contentious-even-for-her week — in which she angrily accused Dave Grohl of creeping on her daughter Frances Bean Cobain — with a decidedly peace-and-love move, reuniting with former Hole bandmates Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel, and Melissa Auf der Maur at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last night. It was the first time since 1997 that the so-called classic lineup of Hole had performed together, and it lasted all of one song. The reunited Hole’s surprise performance of “Miss World” came at the tail end of a short, covers-heavy set by Erlandson, Schemel, and Auf der Maur during the afterparty for the New York premiere of the documentary Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel.

  • Kurt Cobain / Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns

    Courtney Love: Where Kurt Cobain Would Be Today

    It's been 18 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life in the greenhouse of his Seattle home, and the passage of time has done little to quiet fans' questions and theories about what might have been had Cobain not died April 5, 1994 at the age of 27. Would a by-that-point fractured Nirvana have managed to stay together? Would Cobain have pursued a quieter solo career? Would the Foo Fighters even exist? (Just recently, the screenwriter for Clint Eastwood's upcoming remake of A Star Is Born revealed that he'd partly based his screenplay on the concept of a 50-something Cobain who "was past his prime and no longer someone.") And what of Cobain's volatile marriage to Hole's Courtney Love? Would it have, as many have posited, ended in divorce?

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