Grunge Icon Dies On Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley Anniversary


Brad, Pigionhed, and Satchel vocalist Shawn Smith died on Friday, April 5th. Brad also features Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. April 5th was the 25-year anniversary of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death, and the 17-year anniversary of late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley’s death.

Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez announced on Instagram, “God speed to our friend Shawn Smith. One of the great Seattle voices. Rest In Peace Brotherman.”

The cause of death is unknown. Brad released their debut album Shame 25 years ago, in April 1993. The band’s last album was 2012’s United We Stand.

Smith cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. Other early influences he noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder.

Smith paid tribute to Chris Cornell in 2017 with the release of “The Way You Made Your Garden Grow.” It was his first ever solo vinyl release:

A-Side – ‘I Need Some Comfort Tonight’
B-Side – ‘The Way You Made Your Garden Grow’

“Written and recorded in loving tribute to the glorious Chris Cornell, who left us the day before this session. We will never stop singing your songs. Goodbye for now, Chris… LOVE NEVER DIES.”

Limited edition version with only 500 produced. Numbers distributed in order of date and time purchased. Dispatch early October 2017.

Recorded at Tilehouse Studios, England on 19 May 2017
Released by Headway Records – HDWY0001.”

Rest in peace Shawn Smith.