Kurt Cobain will be celebrated the week of his February birthday in Aberdeen, the town of his birth, Mayor Bill Simpson said Monday night. He said he had been meeting about plans but declined to divulge any more specifics.
The mayor’s brief announcement follows Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney’s declaration last week that April 10, 2014, be Nirvana Day. That’s when Cobain and his record shattering grunge band, Nirvana, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cobain lived very briefly in Hoquiam. He lived most of his young life in Aberdeen where he and bassist Krist Novoselic co-founded the band that led to Nirvana in the 1980s.
Cobain was born Feb. 20, 1967, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. In 2014, his birthday falls on Thursday.
The troubled musician died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 1994, at his home in Seattle. The lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, is also set to be memorialized with Nirvana in Aberdeen this coming year in a mural planned for the Moore building in downtown Aberdeen.
Cobain’s song title “Come as You Are” graces the Welcome to Aberdeen sign at its east entrance.