The year 2014 is proving to be quite the eventful one for Nirvana considering it’s been 20 years since the band was active. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and now comes word that the late Kurt Cobain will be celebrated annually in his hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.
According to local station KXRO, the city’s mayor Bill Simpson and the city council announced that the late frontman’s Feb. 20 birthday will be celebrated each year as ‘Kurt Cobain Day.’
A portion of the official proclamation reads, “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.” The full document will be read aloud on Feb. 12, and Simpson added that it’s possible that the event could turn into ‘Kurt Cobain Week’ in the town as plans develop.
The proclamation also recognizes the Aberdeen Museum and other volunteers who have worked tirelessly to have Cobain recognized locally in the town. The city already has a ‘Welcome to…’ sign which bears the slogan ‘Come As You Are,’ a well-known Nirvana song title and lyric.
This marks the second Washington-based city to announce plans to honor Cobain, as nearby Hoquiam recently announced that they would stage a ‘Nirvana Day‘ on April 10 this year. Cobain also briefly lived in Hoquiam, as did bassist Krist Novoselic, which led to the decision to honor the full band. Also on April 10, Nirvana will officially be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.