Kurt Cobain Day will take place in the late Nirvana singer’s hometown this February.
Since February 20 is Cobain’s birthday, officials in Aberdeen, Washington decided to set this date as Kurt Cobain Day. Although the event is currently scheduled as a single-day event, Mayor Bill Simpson suggested that celebrations could stretch through the entire week.
“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements,” the official Aberdeen Kurt Cobain Day announcement explained.
Although Aberdeen wants to develop a day centered around the Nirvana frontman, the town isn’t the only place fans can officially celebrate the musician’s life. Folks in Hoquiam, a place the singer once called home, have scheduled their own Kurt Cobain Day for April 10.
“I think that it’s good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while. He and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it’s good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments,” Mayor Jack Durney explained in a separate statement.
The first annual Kurt Cobain Day will take place in Aberdeen, Washington almost 20 years after the iconic rocker took his own life. The recent announcement credited Tori Kovach, Denny Jackson, Randi Hubbard, the Aberdeen Museum, and a handful of volunteers for making the singer’s birthday a recognized holiday in his hometown.
Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington in 1967. After writing music for years, the musician eventually rose to fame with Nirvana alongside bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. The band has sold over 25 million albums in the US and 75 million worldwide, making them one of the best-selling groups in history. Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love presently oversee the Nirvana estate.
Kurt Cobain Day isn’t the only honor the late musician is receiving this year. Nirvana will finally enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, which coincides with Hoquiam’s Cobain-oriented holiday. Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Rondstadt are also getting inducted this year.
“I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist [Noveselic], without whom I would not be here today,” Dave Grohl said in a statement.
What do you think about Aberdeen, Washington setting Kurt Cobain Day on the singer’s birthday? Will you celebrate on February 20 or April 10?