Today marks 25 years to the day that Kurt Cobain died.
Truly one of the most iconic figures in music history, and arguably THE most important rocker in the 1990’s, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana took rock and roll in a new direction…distancing themselves from the hair-band era of the ’80’s…to a more contemporary punk and hard rock style which opened the door for bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, and more.
Cobain was a talented lyricist and skilled artist as well. You can find some of his drawings and paintings within Nirvana album artwork.
Kurt had stated in an interview that he wanted Nirvana to evolve like The Beatles…and go from “I Want To Hold Your Hand” to “Sergeant Pepper’s”. Sadly, that never came to fruition with his passing. But it’s something I still think about…What would Nirvana sound like today?
His musical influence on the decade of the ’90’s cannot be overstated. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite Nirvana live performances. And RIP, Kurt.
– East Side Dave
“Lithium” at the Reading Music Festival
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Territorial Pissings” on Saturday Night Live
“Heart-Shaped Box” at MTV’s Live & Loud
“Aneurysm” at the Reading Music Festival
“Serve The Servants” from Italian television
“All Apologies” on MTV’s Unplugged