Marilyn Manson tweeted a birthday message to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain on Tuesday, discussing his ‘greatness.’
“Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Listen and remember his greatness.”
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan wrote, “Kurt paved the way, and raised the bar to such incredible heights. His genius should always be celebrated. And he is missed, especially on a day like today…”
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote, “Happy Bday Kurt! You’re weird, you’re an amazing songwriter, and you led the charge. Your fan, BJA.”
Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Listen and remember his greatness.
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) February 20, 2018
In a new Visit Seattle: Dear Seattle video, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl discusses Seattle and Kurt Cobain. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s comments.
“I’m happy that I got to experience those few years in Seattle where the city just exploded. The experiences that I had at that age, which is a really impressionable age, shaped so much about the person that I am now. I was living with my buddy Barrett in this room in the back of a house, knowing that I could have bought every house on the street, but I didn’t want to change.
I was in a band with the greatest songwriter of our generation, and all I had to do was play the drums like it was the last day of my life, so I did, every time. I had this coming of age incredible experience while I was there, and then probably the most devastating time of my life.
After Kurt died, I couldn’t even listen to music for months. No radio, no TV, nothing. I couldn’t stand the sound of music, I was scared of music, then I realized it was the one thing that was going to help me out of that place. Seattle’s lost a lot of great talent, but in some ways that loss has only strengthened our bond. When I go back to Seattle, I always rent a car and drive around to these places that I spent time. I find myself driving slower when I get to the places that broke my heart, because I want that to stay with me.
All of those lessons that were learned at that time, and all of the things that I gained, and all of the things that I lost, I still feel it. It’s still in my veins. It became this part of my DNA that serves as this divining rod wherever I go. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Seattle. It was the perfect place for a person like me. I wish Seattle would just take me back.”