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Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is born in Strijen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find massive international acclaim as Anton Corbijn
, the long-term creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode
. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay
, Nirvana, Bryan Adams
Courtney Michelle Menely is born in San Francisco, California, USA. She will court international notoriety as Courtney Love, wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain
, and as the singer in her own band, Hole.
Chris Blackwell, MD of Island Records
, writes to British psychedelic band Nirvana relinquishing all of the company's rights to the name of the band.
Nirvana are recording their debut album, Bleach, at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington.
play at Green Street Station, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Kurt Cobain
, having broken his guitar the night before, performs the entire set without one.
Nirvana arrive in London to begin their first European tour, co-headlining with Sub Pop Records
play at The HUB Ballroom, Seattle, Washington, USA.
play at Satyricon, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Dinosaur Jr., supported by Nirvana, play at Bogart’s, Long Beach, California, USA.
, Tad and The Bomshells play at The Town Pump, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
David Geffen, head of Geffen Records, founds a new subsidiary label, DGC, to market alternative rock acts. The label roster will include Nirvana
, Sonic Youth
, Counting Crows
, Beck and Weezer
, before merging with Interscope in 1999.
Nirvana, Tad and Victim's Family play at The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Nirvana play at Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Off The Deep End
in the USA. The album cover is a parody of the underwater baby shot on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, with Yankovic pursuing a doughnut replacing the baby pursuing a dollar bill.
Comedy rocker Weird Al Yankovic begins recording tracks for his album
On his Manic Nirvana tour, Robert Plant
plays at at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
At the Dutchman rehearsal room, Seattle, Washington, USA, Dave Grohl
auditions to become the new drummer in Nirvana
. Later in the day, while playing an acoustic solo spot on KAOS radio, Kurt Cobain
announces that Grohl is the band’s new drummer.
Nirvana play with new drummer Dave Grohl
for the first time at The North Shore Surf Club, Olympia, Washington, USA.
and Hole play at The Palladium, Hollywood, California, USA.
Dinosaur Jr play at The Palladium,
Hollywood, California, supported by Nirvana and Hole.
Hole, a band led by Courtney Love, future wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain
, releases its debut album, Pretty On The Inside, in the USA.
release their debut album, Ten, in the USA. On the same day, in advance of release, the single Smells Like Teen Spirit
by Nirvana is sent out to radio deejays.
When Nirvana play at Reading Festival, Reading, UK, Kurt Cobain
provides the highlight of the day when he takes to the stage in a wheelchair, wearing a white dress and a ladies wig.
play at the MTV Video Music Awards, bassist Krist Novoselic throws his instrument high into the air at the end of their performance of Lithium
. Unfortunately, on its way back to earth, the instrument strikes him in the head and knocks him to the ground.
When police arrest repeat offender criminal Richard Allen Davis
on the Coyote Valley Indian Reservation near Ukiah, California, USA, for parole violation, he is subsequently identified as the kidnapper and killer of 12-year-old Polly Klaas
of Petaluma, California, USA. The song Polly, by Nirvana, is not about Polly Klaas but the 1994 song Kidnapped by Arcade
, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain
of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl
is recording demos in Bob Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington. The recordings will become the basis for his new band, the Foo Fighters
Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard
goes to Buckingham Palace, London, to collect a knighthood. On the same day, Hole singer Courtney Love and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl
and Krist Novoselic
are sued by a German promoter over Nirvana's failure to perform concerts after Kurt Cobain
's suicide in April of the previous year.
When Courtney Love appears on the ABC TV show '10 Most Fascinating People' in the USA, she states that she wished she had done 'eight thousand million things differently' to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain
The city of Warren, Ohio, USA, honours local-born boy Dave Grohl
of Foo Fighters
and Nirvana by naming a street after him. Market Alley in Warren's downtown area is re-named David Grohl Alley, and the town hosts a week-long Music Is Art festival as part of the celebration.
When The Foo Fightersplay a low-key show at Paladino's
, Tarzana, California, USA, they are joined by former Nirvana colleague Krist Novoselic. The audience includes Amanda Seyfried, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe and Tony Kanal of No Doubt.
A private view of the exhibition Storm Troopers in Stilletos
celebrating 40 years of Queen
, is held at the Old Truman Brewery in London, England, UK, Europe. Dave Grohl
, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters
turn up and spend time with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor.
McCartney, the surviving members of Nirvana
, Bruce Springsteen
, Billy Joel
, The Who, The Rolling Stones
, Roger Waters
, Bon Jovi
, Kanye West
and others play in the Hurricane Sandy Benefit
at Madison Square Garden
, New York
Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Nils Lofgren and Krist Novoselic are among those attending the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in New York City, USA.
A BBCtv-funded all-star rendition of The Beach Boys classic God Only Knows
is aired for the first time at 8.00pm in the UK. This new performance features Brian Wilson
(the song’s writer) Sir Elton John
, One Direction
, Stevie Wonder
, Pharrell Williams
, Jake Bugg
, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue
, Paloma Faith
, Sam Smith
, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde
, Brian May, Dave Grohl
, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum
, Jaz Dhami, the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland
. They are joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
of Foo Fighters
is spotted hanging out with Courtney Love at the launch party for Danny Clinch’s photo book Still Moving at The McKittrick Hotel, New York City, USA. They are overheard making a $10,000 bet on who could get the most strippers at Scores. (Love was formerly a stripper herself). Other guests at the event include Michael Stipe.