Kurt Cobain Day is officially set for Feb. 20. It’s also set for April 10, depending on what city in Washington you are referring to. Time Entertainment on Friday listed the two dates – Feb 20 for Aberdeen, Wash. and April 10 for Hoquiam, Wash.
Both cities can boast that Cobain lived there during his life, which ended tragically in 1994 when the singer was 27. Cobain was born on Feb. 20 at Grays Harbor Hospital in Aberdeen, and grew up in the southwest Wash. city, attending school there but dropping out a few weeks prior to graduation.
Some of Cobain’s Nirvana lyrics, in songs such as "Something in the Way" and parts of the Bleach album, refer to locations within the town.
Mayor Bill Simpson and the city council concluded last week that “Kurt Cobain Day” will be an annual celebration.
"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," reads the city's proclamation, as reported by the local radio station KXRO Newsradio.
Cobain has already been honored since 2005 on the city's "Welcome to Aberdeen" sign, which underneath reads the title of the famous Nirvana song “Come As You Are.”
Neighboring city of Hoquiam, which is only four miles from Aberdeen, also announced that they would celebrate “Nirvana Day” this year, choosing April 10 as the date to do so. Cobain briefly lived in Hoquiam.
Hoquiam mayor Jack Durney, speaking of Nirvana, 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 (Nirvana’s bassist and co-founder, who also lived in Aberdeen) are part of our community, and I think it's good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments."
Also happening on April 10: Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"I'd like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock & roll," said Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the announcement. "Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock & roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist [Noveselic], without whom I would not be here today."