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Melvins Biography

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.

Melvins Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:00PM Melvins @ Glen Helen Amphitheater formerly San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA San Bernardino, CA
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Casbah in San Diego, CA San Diego, CA
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Santa Ana, CA
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA Hollywood, CA
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Strummer's in Fresno, CA Fresno, CA
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Goldfield Trading Post in Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR Portland, OR
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Showbox in Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Venue Nightclub in Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, Canada
Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Union Hall in Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Marquee in Calgary, Canada Calgary, Canada
Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Aquarium in Fargo, ND Fargo, ND
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Grumpy's in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ Metro in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ El Club in Detroit, MI Detroit, MI
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ A&R Music Bar in Columbus, OH Columbus, OH
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Rex theater in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ THE WESTCOTT THEATER in Syracuse, NY Syracuse, NY
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA Boston, MA
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY New York, NY
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park, NJ
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Ottobar in Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Broadberry in Richmond, VA Richmond, VA
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Carl's Cradle in Carrboro, NC Carrboro, NC
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Concourse in Knoxville, TN Knoxville, TN
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ HEADLINER'S MUSIC HALL in Louisville, KY Louisville, KY
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Ready Room in St Louis, MO St Louis, MO
Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS Lawrence, KS
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO Englewood, CO
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00PM Melvins @ The Ritz in San Jose, CA San Jose, CA
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ 191 Toole in Tucson, AZ Tucson, AZ
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Mohawk in Austin, TX Austin, TX
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Tree's in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Paper Tiger in San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Warehouse Live - Studio in Houston, TX Houston, TX
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ One Eyed Jack's in New Orleans, LA New Orleans, LA
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL Pensacola, FL
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Jack Rabbit's in Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Orpheum in Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Culture Room in Ft Lauderdale, FL Ft Lauderdale, FL
Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Social in Orlando, FL Orlando, FL
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

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