Kurt Cobain Gets His Day in Aberdeen, WA


Nirvana-smallGone but not forgotten.

Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, WA, has declared that his birthdate of February 20 will now be known in the region as “Kurt Cobain Day.” This decision was made by Mayor Bill Simpson and the City Council.

The proclamation, scheduled to be read in public on February 12, states: “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.”

Simpson has also confirmed that the city may eventually have a Kurt Cobain week, “as plans develop.” The city’s “Welcome To…” sign already reads “Come As You Are.”

This is the second such honour recently bestowed upon Cobain and the band, as neighbouring town Hoquiam announced in December that they would host “Nirvana Day” on April 10. Although Cobain spent most of his time in Aberdeen, he did live in Hoquaiam “for a little while,” and is considered “part of our community,” explained the town’s Mayor, Jack Durney.

April 10 will also be the day that Nirvana, along with the likes of Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, and Cat Stevens are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.