No Kurt means less Courtney, so there’s that
Last week I saw a lot of people recognizing the birthday of former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Of course, I say former because he decided to blow his head off with a 12-gauge shotgun back in 1994. Or at least that’s what they want us to believe.
Kurt would have been 47 this year, but now he is a part of the “27 Club,” the long list of musicians who died when they were 27 years old. Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Robert Johnson are all part of the club. Not exactly a club I’d like to join, but still a stellar list of talented musicians.
Back in 1993 and 1994, I was a huge fan of Nirvana. I had hair past my shoulders, butt-cut of course, I wore Vans and flannel, and I wanted to be Kurt Cobain. Hell, even after he died I had a shirt with his death certificate on it; “self inflicted gunshot wound” is what it read. But I’m here in 2013 to tell you that it is probably a good thing that Kurt Cobain is dead. Here are my top three reasons why.
First off, if Kurt was still alive, more than likely he would be sober by now. For music, being sober is not always a good thing. My best example is Metallica. Put on “St. Anger” and try not to shoot yourself in the face. Not good enough? Play one of Scott Weiland’s, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, solo albums. Sometimes booze and drugs are what fuels your creativity, and I think for Kurt, it did.
Moving on, No. 2 on the list of reasons that it is a good thing that Kurt Cobain is dead: Courtney Love would still be relevant. Sure it was great to have Kurt alive, but his wife, Courtney Love, made it painful. By now the two would have made a duets album, or, even worse, there would be more Hole albums, the band Courtney Love fronted. For all my Christian readers, my only question: why didn’t God take Courtney instead?
Finally, the last reason that it’s a good thing Kurt Cobain is dead: there would be no Foo Fighters. I’m not saying Dave Grohl wouldn’t have formed another band, but there’s no way he would have put in the time to make the Foo Fighters what they are today if Nirvana was still around. Even if Nirvana broke up, we’d be tortured with rumors of reunion tours and false hope.
I am not saying I don’t miss Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, one of the best songwriters of all time. I’m just saying that it’s probably good that he’s dead. That came off a whole lot meaner than I thought.
Let’s turn this thing positive. Giving a little bit of love to the locals here, Augusta’s own Stillview has been added to the bill with P.O.D at the Country Club on March 13. The line-up now is P.O.D., Nonpoint, Within Reason and Stillview. Check out all the bands for only $18 in advance. It’s always cool to see one of the local bands get on a bill with bands that have toured the world; our next challenge is getting a band on with Alice in Chains. I may be outshooting the goal on that one.
This week check out Cameras, Guns & Radios at Sky City with The Hermit Kings. That’s tonight, February 28. The Hermit Kings are from Asheville and bring a dose of Beatles-inspired rock to town.
With a new month, we get a new First Friday. Check out Mann Ray and De-evolutionaries live at MAD Studios.
Steve Hall Productions is bringing another band to Augusta called The Last Bison. The band will be at Sky City on Saturday, March 2, and I was told, “I have to go to this show.” So I’ll see you guys there. If you are looking for the ultimate ‘80s night, you can see Acid Wash at Surreal on Saturday night as well. I promise they have the licenses now.
You can tell the weather is getting better because it’s about to be beer festival season! The Metro Spirit’s Second Annual ETCP Spring Festival is coming on March 9. Live music from Tara Scheyer and the Robbie Ducey Band… AND BEER! The proceeds go to a great cause and I’m super excited to be a part of it. Side note: did I mention that they would have beer? What shows are coming to Augusta? Who do you want to see? Why can’t Taylor Swift die? Email me at email@example.com. You Might Also Like: