21th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death
Cobain was 27 when he took his own life on 5 April 1994 in the garage of his home in Seattle, Washington. Despite the strong association of the grunge icon with Seattle, Cobain only lived in that city for 18 months.
The place where he spent most of his life is Aberdeen, a small logging town about 100 miles (160km) south-west of Seattle where he was born in 1967.
For most of the 90s, Cobain and Nirvana had helped identify Seattle in the American imagination. The obligatory flannel shirts, the angst under overcast skies, the punk-inspired rage.
Today also marks the 13th anniversary of Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley death
Layne Staley began showing an interest in music when he was just 12 years old. In his teens, he was playing with small time glam bands, and wondering if he was cut out for vocals. It was not until 1985 when he met Johnny Bacolas and James Bergstrom that Sleze was created--his first band. A year later, with the addition of Nick Pollack, Alice N Chains was formed, with their own brand of ‘glam rock and speed metal.’ After several splits and reformations, the final lineup was established in 1987. The band was name was changed to Alice In Chains and consisted of Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, and Mike Starr.