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Nirvana has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Kiss and Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

REM’s Michael Stipe inducted the group, saying: “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard.

“Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”

Nirvana’s career was cut short by Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. His widow, Courtney Love, attended the ceremony.

Nirvana received their place in the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility

Nirvana received their place in the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility

“You know, I have a big speech, but I’m not going to say it,” Courtney Love said, before hugging Kurt Cobain’s bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

“That’s it,” she concluded.

“I just wish Kurt was here to do this.”

Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s drummer and now frontman of rock group Foo Fighters, paid tribute to the musicians who formed the early line-ups of Nirvana, in particular drummer Chad Channing, who he singled out for his contributions to the band’s breakthrough album Nevermind.

Bass guitarist Kris Novoselic added: “Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music.

“When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain.”

Nirvana received their place in the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Artists can only be considered for the honor 25 years after their first release.

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Frances Bean Cobain stepped out in LA last week looking just like her late father, Kurt Cobain.

Frances Bean Cobain has clearly embraced his iconic grunge style, with her messy hair dyed pink in a look often favored by the Nirvana singer.

She finished off the look with an Iron Maiden T-shirt, skinny jeans, a Vivienne Westwood handbag and circular sunglasses.

Frances Bean Cobain stepped out in LA last week looking just like late father Kurt Cobain

Frances Bean Cobain stepped out in LA last week looking just like late father Kurt Cobain

Frances Bean Cobain outing comes as proceedings against her accused stalker Marc James Franco were suspended after he was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial.

She may also have to testify if the case does reach trial.

Marc James Franco, 23, was arrested on October 13 last year after entering Frances Bean Cobain’s Hollywood Hills home and was later charged with first degree burglary.

Pukkelpop 2011 stages collapsed in Belgium.


[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Belgian festival Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five after a severe storm struck, knocking down screens and collapsing tents and stages, officials said on Friday.


Another eight festival attendees were seriously injured according to Hilde Claes, mayor of the eastern Belgian city of Hasselt, were festival have been held. The mayor also told Belgian television that some 65 people had more minor injuries.

Belgian Pukkelpop Festival 2011 death toll raised to five

Belgian Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five.


[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]About 65,000 mainly young people were attending Pukkelpop 2011 when the storm struck early in the evening. Many were sheltering in large festival tents, which were whipped away by the wind.


“The storm struck in an incredibly sudden way,” said Hilde Claes, who was there.

“It was a real whirlwind. I have never seen anything like it in Hasselt before.”


The three-day Pukkelpop 2011 was set to have featured rapper Eminem, Foo Fighters, 30 seconds to Mars and The Offspring among others.


According to a post on Pukkelpop 2011 official website, the organizers decided early on Friday to cancel the rest of the festival.


“Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.

Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.

What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by… “


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[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Pukkelpop is an annual music festival which takes place near the city of Hasselt, Belgium in mid-to-late August. It is held within a large enclosure of fields and woodland – between a dual carriageway called Kempische Steenweg – in the village of Kiewit, approximately 7 km north of Hasselt. It is the second largest music festival in the country after Rock Werchter, with an attendance rate of 180,000 over the course of the event in 2009.

The programme is noted for its wide variety of alternative music, spanning styles such as rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. The event’s organizers aim the festival to be a “progressive and contemporary” musical event. Notable acts that have performed at previous editions include Sonic Youth, The Mission, Ramones, Nirvana, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Pixies, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Iron Maiden. The term “pukkel” is the Dutch word for “pimple”.

The Belgian tragedy comes just five days after another five people died when an outdoor concert stage collapsed in heavy winds at the Indiana State Fair in the United States.

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