Friday, February 21, 2014

Nirvana singer’s hometown celebrates first annual Kurt Cobain Day

The city of Aberdeen, Washington celebrated the first annual Kurt Cobain Day on Thursday, in sync with what would have been the late singer’s 47th birthday.

KOMO News Seattle reports Aberdeen city officials marked the occasion with the launch of a new exhibit and a statue on Cobain’s honor.

"This has been a long time coming; we should have done it long ago,” said Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson. “Paul McCartney said Kurt Cobain was a genius, that said a lot for me. We want him to be known for his music.”

The city finally accepted and dedicated a statue of Cobain that it refused 20 years ago.

Following Cobain’s 1994 suicide, Randi Hubbard started constructing a cement statue of the singer, with help from local art students; when she first offered it to the city, it was refused, but has now been accepted and placed in the Aberdeen Museum of History.

Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, along with KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

See also:

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