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Kurt Cobain Nearly Banned Dave Grohl From Performing at Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ Concert

On Nov. 18, 1993, Nirvana took a trip to New York City and taped their iconic 'Unplugged' set for MTV. The special aired less than a month later on Dec. 14, adding yet another immortal moment to Nirvana's vast list of achievements. However, 20 years later, MTV has revealed that at the insistence of Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl almost didn't perform at the 'Unplugged' set.

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See What Your Favorite Dead Rock Stars Would Look Like If They Were Still Alive

Today's dose of "kinda cool, kinda heartbreaking, kinda creepy" news comes to us courtesy of Sachs Media, where execs recently bankrolled a series of computer-generated portraits depicting what some of rock's best-loved deceased stars would look like if they were alive today.

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Gene Simmons on Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain: ‘Just Because You Died That Makes You an Icon? No’

While Kiss have certainly carved out their own chapter in music history, Gene Simmons recently shared his thoughts on the current state of the music industry for new bands, the challenges that they face and the disappearance of the rock icon.

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Rare Nirvana ‘In Utero’ Commercial Features Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic + Dave Grohl Giving Birth

Words cannot describe the bizarre, jaw-dropping nature of a long-lost promo for Nirvana's third studio album, 'In Utero' just surfaced. The would-be commercial for 'In Utero' features "pregnant" Nirvana members Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl taking a birthing class taught by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait in drag. Yes, you read that correctly.

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Seattle News Outlet Unveils Previously Unpublished Photos of Kurt Cobain Death Scene

In the world of rock, the date April 5 is a solemn one, as it marks the anniversary of the death of both Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley. Now, 19 years after Cobain's death, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer online newspaper has unveiled a number of never-before-published photos of Cobain's death scene have been revealed, some of which show Cobain being carried out of his home by medical workers.

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10 Dumb Tweets About Kurt Cobain for His Birthday

Ugh, come on people. Kurt Cobain is trending pretty hard on Twitter today, since it's his birthday, but we doubt the authenticity of some of these "fans." Here are some dumb, dumb tweets dedicated to Cobain on his birthday. (We left out the twenty gazillion tweets of the quote "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are," because it's depressing how people aren't picking up on the irony.)

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Neil Young Shares How Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Rocked Him Emotionally

Amongst the stories shared and decisions explained in 'Waging Heavy Peace,' Neil Young's new autobiography, the singer reveals that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide left him scarred. Cobain quoted one of Young's lyrics in his suicide note.

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The Week in Viral Videos: ‘When Harry Met Sally 2,’ Dad Makes Son Cry for Liking the Yankees

It was yet another great week for viral Internet videos last week, and we've compiled the 10 best that had everyone talking.

Among our favorites: Hilarious parodies ('When Harry Met Sally 2,' starring Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren), on-air news pranks and a New York-based hot dog that costs, yep, $69.

Watch them all below.

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Casey Abrams Brings Nirvana To American Idol [VIDEO]
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Casey Abrams Brings Nirvana To American Idol [VIDEO]

For the first time ever, a contestant on American Idol sang a song from '90s grunge-gods Nirvana. Casey Abrams, who missed a show last week when he was hospitalized for a bowel condition, kept the drama going on Wednesday night's telecast with his out-of-left-field selection of  "Smell's Like Teen Spirit."

The reactions from judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson to Abrams' performance were very positive. Jennifer Lopez was a bit less enthusiastic, although she stated she still "loved" Abrams.

See a clip of Abrams' rendition for yourself:

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