Saturday, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, and the impact he made on his peers became powerfully clear as a broad range of musicians offered testimony in various ways. Two stirring tributes came during concerts Saturday night that took place thousands of miles apart as St. Vincent and Muse both chose to cover Nirvana’s 1991 song “Lithium.”
St. Vincent played the song during her tour stop at Chicago’s Riviera, offering a largely faithful rendition of Nirvana’s original and its dynamic shifts.
Muse gave a slightly harder charging version of the Nevermind track during their appearance at Lollapalooza in Sao Paul, Brazil, inspiring a massive singalong in the festival crowd. “Someone great died 20 years ago. This next song is for Kurt Cobain,” frontman Matthew Bellamy announced before launching in.