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Melvins are a rock band that formed in Montesano, Washington, United States in 1983. The band currently consists of Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Jared Warren (bass), Dale Crover (drums) and Coady Willis (drums). Osborne is the only remaining original member, although Crover has been a member since early in the band's career.

In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like sludge, grunge, and doom metal. Melvins' music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag's My War-era hardcore punk and Black Sabbath-style heavy metal, but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band.

The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their love of slow tempos and sludgy sound were a strong influence on grunge music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound.

Though the group has received mostly positive critical notice, Crover's drumming has been especially praised; Patrick Kennedy describes his work as "astonishing, powerful, and daring."

While never finding and most likely never even seeking great mainstream success, Melvins maintain an impressive schedule of new albums and tours, including a collaboration with Fantômas in The Fantômas Melvins Big Band, two releases with former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, and in 2004 Melvins collaborated with ambient artist Lustmord for Pigs of the Roman Empire. In appreciation of their devoted fans, Melvins have released various collectables through the years that have included two-headed dolls, an eight-track tape, and a plastic fetus in a jar.

Fellow Aberdeen resident Kurt Cobain (a good friend of Crover) was a huge Melvins fan and helped them transport their equipment to a few shows. Cobain also auditioned to join the band on bass, but he didn't make it, reportedly because he was so nervous that he forgot all the songs. Cobain maintained his relation with the band. Later he produced and played on some songs (guitar on "Sky Pup", percussion on "Spread Eagle Beagle") on the band's major label debut, Houdini. Dale Crover is also attributed as playing on the Nirvana debut album, Bleach, and on "Incesticide". In addition, Dave Grohl (ex-drummer for Nirvana) co-wrote and played drums for Isabella on Buzzo's Melvins solo album, King Buzzo.

Melvins are currently performing with bass player Jared Warren from Big Business, who participated on their albums (a) Senile Animal and Nude with Boots along with Osborne and Crover. Coady Willis, the drummer from Big Business, has also been inducted into the band - he and Crover both take up the position of drummer simultaneously, contributing extremely heavy-hitting, explosive rhythms in synchronization with each other.

Currently, Melvins are on a US tour, that will be followed by a European tour late this fall. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9:00PM Melvins @ 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA Athens, GA
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Masquerade - Hell Stage in Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Hi-Tone in Memphis, TN Memphis, TN
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI Madison, WI
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Rock Island Brewing Co in Rock Island, IL Rock Island, IL
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Wooly's in Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE Omaha, NE
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO Fort Collins, CO
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ Flagstaff, AZ
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:30PM Melvins @ Exchange in Bristol, United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30PM Melvins @ Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, United Kingdom Leeds, United Kingdom
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ SWG3 TV Studio in Glasgow, United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Gorilla in Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:00PM Melvins @ O2 Institute2 Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Desertfest in Antwerp, Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ LOGO in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden Göteborg, Sweden
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Bla in Oslo, Norway Oslo, Norway
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Babel in Malmö, Sweden Malmö, Sweden
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Festsaal in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Ut Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany Leipzig, Germany
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Arena Wien in Steinbach Im Burgenland, Austria Steinbach Im Burgenland, Austria
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:00PM Melvins @ Live Club in Trezzo Sull'adda, Italy Trezzo Sull'adda, Italy
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Rote fabrik in Zurich, Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30PM Melvins @ Club Manufaktur in Schorndorf, Germany Schorndorf, Germany
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Gebaude 9 in Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Electric Brixton in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30PM Melvins @ Amplifier Capitol in Perth, Australia Perth, Australia
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30PM Melvins @ The Gov in Adelaide, Australia Adelaide, Australia
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Max Watts Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:30PM Melvins @ The Factory Theatre in Sydney, Australia Sydney, Australia
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Crowbar in Fortitude Valley, Australia Fortitude Valley, Australia

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