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Hoquiam, Wash. to celebrate 'Nirvana Day' in 2014

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The legendary grunge band Nirvana was selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week and to mark the occasion, one Washington State town will be honoring its native sons.

According to USA Today on Friday, the town of Hoquiam, Wash., located about 113 miles southwest of Seattle, will celebrate Nirvana Day on April 10, 2014, the same day on which the band will be immortalized in the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame. That date also falls five days after the 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's April 5, 1994 suicide.

Cobain was born just a few miles away in Aberdeen, Wash. and later lived in Hoquiam for a short time. Mayor Jack Durney told a local radio station that although Cobain was not there long, the band brings "great honor . . . to our entire community.

Durney then added that Cobain and Krist Novoselic, whose family moved to the area in 1979, "are part of our community, and I think it’s good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments."

That's not the only local tribute to Cobain. In 2005, the words "Come As You Are" were added to the sign welcoming visitors to Aberdeen. Over the summer, the Aberdeen city council said it planned to drop the words when the aging sign was replaced, but thanks to an outcry from music fans, Mayor Bill Simpson announced the message would stay.

Nirvana will be inducted at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn alongside KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens.


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