Meat Puppets formed in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Melvins formed in the early 80's too - in Montesano, Washington. Mudhoney formed in 1988 - out of the ashes of Green River, and with Matt Lukin (who had recently left the Melvins) on bass - in Seattle, Washington. Nirvana became Nirvana in 1988 too - in Aberdeen (or Seattle), Washington (Dave Grohl joined in 1990).
Mudhoney cites Meat Puppets as an influence. Nirvana was influenced by Mudhoney & the Melvins. Kurt Cobain even unsuccessfully tried out to be in the Melvins. The Melvins' Dale Crover played drums with Nirvana for a bit, and then the Melvins' Buzz Osborne eventually introduced Dave Grohl to Nirvana. Kurt Cobain later became a fan of Meat Puppets after seeing them open for Black Flag.
Meat Puppets and Mudhoney both opened for Nirvana at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona on October 18, 1993. In November 1993, members of Meat Puppets appeared on MTV Unplugged with Nirvana - the Meat Puppets were then mainstream. Kurt Cobain died on April 8, 1994. Meat Puppets went on their first hiatus in 1996. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) later formed a short-lived band called Eyes Adrift. The Melvins, Meat Puppets & Mudhoney are all currently active bands (again).
Upcoming shows in NYC/NJ, 2007
Oct 05 - Melvins @ Irving Plaza (info)
Oct 06 - Melvins @ Luna Lounge (info)
Oct 17 - Meat Puppets @ Pianos (BrooklynVegan free day show)
Oct 17 - Meat Puppets @ Lion's Den (info)
Oct 18 - Meat Puppets @ Maxwell's (info)
Nov 30 - Mudhoney @ Maxwell's (info)
Dec 01 - Mudhoney @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (info)
Dec 02 - Mudhoney @ Bowery Ballroom (info)