A teenage girl unknowingly posts photos of the first Nirvana concert on Twitter. The photos taken in Raymond, Washington are from 1987 and include the girl’s father. She captioned the group of three photos with “Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day.”
I didn’t realize it was such a historical thing. I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.
Hoquiam, Washington, a town four miles from Cobain’s home declares April 10, 2014, “Nirvana Day”. Cobain, was born and raised in the nearby city of Aberdeen, and lived in Hoquiam for a brief period of time. Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said:
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.
On the night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Love publicly embraces Grohl in a hug. In a later interview with Pitchfork, Love says:
On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me first – which really pissed me off because I was going to go up to him first. I wanted to beat him to the punch. I was like, ‘All right, no matter what happens, we’re not going to be b**ches.’ That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go and we were ready to do it.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces Nirvana as one of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. 2014 is the first year Nirvana is eligible. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria for inclusion include the influence and significance of the artists’ contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.
In honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, Universal Music Enterprises releases a 4-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition of Nevermind which includes live recordings of Live in Paramount and alternate mixes of every song on the album.
Nirvana performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center fronted by four female stand-in performers: Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde. Courtney Love explained the situation publicly, saying:
Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoising. But then I was like, ‘No, Kurt would have loved this.’ And there’s reality to it. Apparently, no high-profile dudes wanted to do it. It’s interesting, isn’t it? […] It was the punkest thing the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that.
Previously, Dave Grohl revealed that a number of male rockers rejected the performance. Grohl believes it was because of the “weight of the situation.”
Courtney Love and surviving members of Nirvana battle for the rights to the Nirvana legacy. The complaint by Love and Frances Cobain depicts Nirvana as a one-man show, reducing Novoselic and Grohl to little more than sidemen. Love also insists that Cobain decided to break up Nirvana several months before his death. Grohl and Novoselic’s legal papers refer to Love as:
a complete alien to Nirvana’s music and success [who is trying to] prohibit the remaining members of Nirvana from any commercial exploitation of the music they created.
Both Novoselic and Grohl have refrained from granting interviews on the subject of Kurt’s life out of respect for Cobain and his family, whereas Love
offered up many interviews on the subject of Kurt’s life and death which contain glaring inaccuracies
Cobain wanted the film to loosely chronicle the band’s rise to fame, but when Cobain died, the video lay unfinished until remaining Nirvana members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, stepped in to finish it. The film features a performance in which Cobain gets into a physical altercation with an aggressive bouncer and several intimate shots of the band while touring.
The first album released since the death of Cobain is an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City for the television series MTV Unplugged. By 1997, the album was certified 5x platinum.
Following the death of Cobain, Grohl forms a one-man project in Seattle; Foo Fighters. Prior to the release of the debut album, which features Gorhl as the soul member, he recruits bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, as well as fellow Nirvana touring mate, Pat Smear, as guitarist.
Nirvana wins Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. During their performance of “Lithium”, Krist Novoselic throws his bass guitar into the air and it lands on his face, leaving him to be rushed to the paramedics for stitches.
Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic Smashes Himself In The Face After "Lithium"
Directed by Kevin Kerslake, Cobain originally wanted the music video for “Lithium” to be an animated story about a girl named Prego who discovers eggs that hatch. After learning that the animation would take four months to complete, Cobain and Kerslake make a montage of Nirvana live shows instead. The band later stated that the video was something of a disappointment from a song that promised so much.
Guinness World Records names “Smells Like Teen Spirit” the most played video on MTV Europe.
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