Last December, Hoquiam, WA, announced that April 10, 2014 would be known in the city as “Kurt Cobain Day,” in honor of the late Nirvana frontman who had briefly called Hoquiam home. (April 10 was chosen because that’s the day Cobain will be inaugurated into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.) Coincidentally or not, a month later, Aberdeen, WA, announced that February 20, 2014 would be known in THAT city as “Kurt Cobain Day,” because, of course, Kurt lived in Aberdeen for a while, too! (And February 20 is Kurt’s birthday.) So began yet another war over ownership of Kurt Cobain’s legacy! Well, today is February 20, meaning Aberdeen is now celebrating its inaugural Kurt Cobain Day … and, um, the bar has not been set particularly high for Hoquiam.

According to local news-radio station KXRO, Aberdeen’s festivities include the unveiling of a statue of Cobain and a 30-minute concert by the band Gebular. That unveiling is set to go down at 5:30PM local time (8:30PM EST), and on hand will be: sculptor Randi Hubbard; “an original drummer of Nirvana,” Aaron Burckhard; and Cobain’s first guitar teacher, Warren Mason.

The Aberdeen Museum of History is also displaying a couch that Kurt Cobain once slept on.

It seems a little unimpressive, doesn’t it? They couldn’t even get Jason Everman? Chad Channing? Spencer Elden, the now-grown man best known as the baby on the cover of Nevermind? Man, I kinda feel like Kurt would be getting a good laugh out of this one. Your move, Hoquiam …

Comments (10)
  1. This is Aberdeen, WA we’re talking about. Having made the sojourn to Kurt Cobain’s hometown (and stopping a bit in Hoquiam), I can honestly say that I get why he was so despondent for much of his life. I was there for maybe an hour and I felt the need to bolt after many stares from the local rednecks after stopping at a local gas station.

  2. Welcome to Aberdeen: It is now our duty to completely drain you.

  3. In honor of the event, it’s raining in my part of western Washington. The weather in Aberdeen is generally 3x shittier than what it is here, so I expect they’re having a wonderfully depressing day.

  4. Aberdeen should have a Daniel Bryan day instead. He’s still alive and still being awesome.

  5. The couch thing is plain weird.

    • Music history is something that people feel like we should immortalize in museums, even though the medium doesn’t really lend itself to that. So we end up with, at best, musical instruments, tour posters, and stage decorations. At worst, we get periphery things like Sid Barrett’s bicycle and a Japanese cabinet that John Lennon owned (two items recently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…the exhibit also included Keith Moon’s diary…which is actually kind of awesome). And a couch that Kurt Cobain slept on once. For someone, seeing that couch might actually be a life-changing experience. I just kinda hope I never have to talk to that person.

  6. If you’re anticipating an expensive and elaborate ceremony rather than the pragmatic one a small town budget allows, you’re going to be unimpressed. It’s quirky and low budget, nothing too newsworthy in Washington :)

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  8. i agree, kurt wouldn’t have wanted any of the attention. he fucked up and went down as a junkie idol. he must hate the fact that kids still celebrate him, because he was a shell of what he could have been, if you really think about it. at least he shared some good music with us.

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