On this day in 1991, Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, for 16 days. On a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing, the band started recording what would become the Nevermind album. Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991. American record stores received an initial shipment of 46,251 copies, while 35,000 copies were shipped in the United Kingdom, where Bleach had been successful. The band set out on a short American tour four days before the release date to support the album. Geffen Records hoped that Nevermind would sell around 250,000 copies. It became Nirvana’s first number one album on January 11, 1992, replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the Billboard charts. By this time, Nevermind was selling approximately 300,000 copies a week.
Time to set your PVRs…Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has composed two exclusive instrumental tracks to air during CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tonight, Wednesday, May 2 on CBS. “It was really exciting that CSI gave me this opportunity to contribute to the show,” said Perry. “The first piece is pure adrenalin rock ‘n roll. The second gave me a chance to work for my DJ son Roman, who contributed some of his electronic dance music.” Perry’s music will be heard in the first act of “Dune and Gloom,” in which off-road trucks are engaged in competition when a bomb goes off mid-race. The CSI team then arrives to investigate.
After the “appearance” of late rapper Tupac Shakur via hologram at the Coachella Festival, fans have been chatting about who they’d like to see resurrected for a live show. According to Billboard.com, when asked at a press conference about the possibility of Freddie Mercury getting the same treatment with Queen, Roger Taylor said: ”I don’t think I want to. Were somebody else to use a hologram of Freddie, I would have no objection… It just doesn’t sit too well with me. I don’t want to appear with a hologram of my dear friend. It’s the real one or no hologram for me. But I think it’s an amazing effect when used properly – obviously in darkness.”
Mike Myers is working on another Wayne’s World script. A source says, “Mike is looking for backing for the project but he loves the idea of picking up the Wayne’s World story with Wayne and Garth in their fifties, married and with kids. The idea is to have them come back on the web rather than TV. He’s hoping Dana Carvey will agree to come back as Garth otherwise there wouldn’t be a movie.”
And from the WTF file…a Czech Republic gang, claiming to be a demolition crew, showed up at a train station in Slakov and stole an entire 10-ton footbridge and 650 feet of railroad track. The group presented forged papers claiming that the bridge had been condemned and that the track was supposed to be torn up. A spokesman for Czech Railways said, “It was only after they had gone that checks were made and we realized we’d been had.” Replacing the bridge will reportedly cost millions.
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