Seattle's The Real Deal

With bands like Nirvana and Queensryche blitzing the charts, the Puget sound is the hottest in rock

The great American music machine still maintains its twin capitals in New York City and Los Angeles, but its epicenter is inclined to shift as frequently and erratically as a tropical depression. Athens, Ga., was the regional rage just . . . well, was it yesterday? And there was Minneapolis only a few years back; before that it was Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis.

These days -- these moments -- it's Seattle. One band after another has sprung from the environs of the city's fast-lane bar scene onto the national charts. The lyrical metal band Queensryche has sold more than 2 million copies...