This coming April will mark the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s tragic death. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. He was 27 years old.
Nirvana exploded into the mainstream in 1991 after the release of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from their mutli platinum album Nevermind. Ironically Nirvana kicked off their European Tour right here in Cork on August 20th 1991. The gig took place in Sir Henry’s, a venue which closed its doors for the final time in 2003, and was headlined by Sonic Youth. Nirvana were virtually unknown at this point but it was only a matter of weeks after this show that the band snowballed after the success of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and became one of the world’s biggest bands, almost overnight.
Nirvana popularized a subgenre of alternative rock which was labeled Grunge. The band reached a whole new generation and defined a new age in popular music throughout the 90’s. Nirvana was considered the flagship band of Generation X, and frontman Cobain found himself reluctantly anointed by the media as the generation’s “spokesman.
Although the Nirvana’s success and Kurt’s life was short lived they left behind a legacy of music, 3 full length studio albums, B-sides and much more..
Join Cork bands Paradox, Screenreader and Johnny Horne at the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork on Friday April 4th as they remember Nirvana’s music and legacy 20 years later playing some Nirvana classics from In Utero, Nevermind, Bleach and many more. Doors 8.30pm. Free Admission.
Due to the interest of this event Paradox and Screenreader have also confirmed three extra dates in West Cork and Galway on Saturday April 5th at De Barra’s in Clonakilty, Saturday April 12th at The Mariner in Bantry and Monday April 28th at Roisin Dubh in Galway. All events are Free Admission.