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Biography

Melvins are a rock band that formed in Montesano, Washington, United States in 1983. The band currently consists of Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Steven Shane McDonald (bass), and Dale Crover (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. 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
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Casbah in San Diego, CA San Diego, CA
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Rock in Tucson, AZ Tucson, AZ
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Tree's in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Mohawk in Austin, TX Austin, TX
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX Houston, TX
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge, LA
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ ZYDECO in Birmingham, AL Birmingham, AL
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Visulite Theater in Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC Carrboro, NC
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Ottobar in Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT Hamden, CT
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA Boston, MA
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Corona Theatre in Montreal, Canada Montreal, Canada
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ HEADLINER'S MUSIC HALL in Louisville, KY Louisville, KY
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Hi-Tone in Memphis, TN Memphis, TN
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Ready Room in St Louis, MO St Louis, MO
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Record Bar in Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Opolis in Norman, OK Norman, OK
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe, NM
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ Flagstaff, AZ
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Santa Ana, CA
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA Hollywood, CA
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Strummer's in Fresno, CA Fresno, CA
Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Holy Diver in Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Neumo's in Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR Portland, OR
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Venue Nightclub in Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Union Hall in Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Marquee Room in Calgary, Canada Calgary, Canada
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Aquarium (Dempsey's Upstairs) in Fargo, ND Fargo, ND
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI Madison, WI
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Park West in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ El Club in Detroit, MI Detroit, MI
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ A&R Music Bar in Columbus, OH Columbus, OH
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Rock Island Brewing Company in Rock Island, IL Rock Island, IL
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Wooly's in Des Moines, IA Des Moines, IA
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE Omaha, NE
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO Englewood, CO
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO Fort Collins, CO
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Melvins @ The Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV

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