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Nirvana Day to Be Celebrated in Hoquiam, Washington

Kurt Cobain lived there briefly, and was born four miles away in Aberdeen

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Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl of Nirvana

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Hoquiam, Washington will celebrate its first-ever Nirvana Day on April 10th, 2014, paying tribute to the band whose frontman, Kurt Cobain, was born and raised just four miles away in Aberdeen.

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Though the small town of Hoquiam isn’t necessarily associated with Nirvana or Cobain – the frontman did live there for a brief period of time – Mayor Jack Durney told radio station KXRO, “They bring great honor . . . to our entire community. And I think that it’s good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while, but he and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it’s good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments.”

April 10th will be a day filled with accolades for Nirvana, as the band is also set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. “This is a great honor,” Noveselic said after this year’s honorees were announced. “Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”

Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl added in a statement: “I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock & roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock & roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today.”

Back in December 2012, Nirvana returned to the stage, sort of, for the first time since Cobain’s suicide in 1994,when Grohl and Noveselic joined Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden for the “12-12-12” hurricane Sandy benefit concert. The supergroup – which also included the Foo Fighters‘ Pat Smear, who played live with Nirvana – came together again for a performance of their original song “Cut Me Some Slack” in July when McCartney’s Out There tour stopped in the band’s hometown of Seattle.


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