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Frances Bean Cobain Shares Unreleased Photos Of Kurt Cobain On Singer’s 51st Birthday

from Consequence of Sound

Today would have been the 51st birthday of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. His daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, commemorated the occasion by unearthing two never-before-seen photos of her father.

One is of Kurt and his daughter playing in a kiddie pool, the other features him posing for the camera while wearing a Breeders t-shirt. “I hope they don’t have the internet wherever you are. I feel like that would be counterproductive,” Frances captioned her photo. “Regardless, Happy Birthday to an angel.”

Kurt’s wife, Courtney Love, also honored her husband. “happy birthday baby god I miss you,” she wrote beneath a photo of the two together.

happy birthday baby god I miss you

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Cobain’s one-time rival, Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong also paid tribute.

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The Anniversary Of Kurt Cobain’s Birth

It would be rather awkward to wish happy birthday to the person who died by suicide but I just want to say that Kurt would be 51 today.

Space Needle (Episode 31)

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Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters in ‘Comfortably Numb’

from Rolling Stone

Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance during Roger Waters‘ Sunday night concert in Chicago, with the singer appearing on “Comfortably Numb.” The Wall classic has become a live staple for Pearl Jam in recent years.

The performance started with no mention of Vedder’s presence. However, when the first chorus arrived, Vedder quietly snuck out from backstage, took his place in front of the microphone and handled the lines originally sung by David Gilmour.

Vedder stuck around to handle both choruses, assist on acoustic guitar during the song’s climactic outro and take a curtain call with Waters and his band.

The surprise performance marked the first time in nearly five years that the Pearl Jam singer and the Pink Floyd bassist played “Comfortably Numb” together: The two previously teamed on the track at the 12:12:12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.

Space Needle (Episode 30)

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Kurt’s 50 Favourite albums

In Journals, Kurt Cobain made a list of his Top 50 favourite albums under the title “Top 50 by Nirvana.”

Kurt Cobain’s Top 50 Albums

  1. Iggy & The StoogesRaw Power (1973)
  2. PixiesSurfer Rosa (1988)
  3. The BreedersPod (1990)
  4. The VaselinesDying for It (1988, listed as Pink EP)
  5. The ShaggsPhilosophy of the World (1969)
  6. Fang – Landshark (1982)
  7. MDCMillions of Dead Cops (1981)
  8. Scratch AcidScratch Acid (1984, listed as 1st EP)
  9. Saccharine TrustPaganicons (1981, listed as 1st EP)
  10. Butthole SurfersPee Pee the Sailor (1983)
  11. Black FlagMy War (1984)
  12. Bad BrainsRock for Light (1983)
  13. Gang of FourEntertainment! (1979)
  14. Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
  15. The FrogsIt’s Only Right and Natural (1989)
  16. PJ HarveyDry (1992)
  17. Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
  18. The KnackGet the Knack (1979)
  19. The SaintsKnow Your Product (1978)
  20. Kleenex – “anything by:” (1978-1983, possibly referring to 1993’s Kleenex/LiLiPUT compilation)
  21. The RaincoatsThe Raincoats (1979)
  22. Young Marble GiantsColossal Youth (1980)
  23. AerosmithRocks (1976)
  24. Various Artists – What Is It. (1982, erroneously listed as What Is This?)
  25. R.E.M.Green (1988)
  26. Shonen KnifeBurning Farm (K Records version, 1985)
  27. The SlitsTypical Girls (1979)
  28. The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
  29. The Faith/VoidThe Faith/Void (1982)
  30. Rites of SpringRites of Spring (1985)
  31. Beat HappeningJamboree (1988)
  32. Tales of TerrorTales of Terror (1984)
  33. LeadbellyLeadbelly’s Last Sessions Volume One (1953)
  34. MudhoneySuperfuzz Bigmuff (1988)
  35. Daniel JohnstonYip/Jump Music (1983)
  36. FlipperAlbum – Generic Flipper (1982)
  37. The BeatlesMeet the Beatles! (1964)
  38. Half JapaneseWe Are They Who Ache with Amorous Love (1990)
  39. Butthole SurfersLocust Abortion Technician (1987)
  40. Black FlagDamaged (1981)
  41. FearThe Record (1982)
  42. Public Image LtdThe Flowers of Romance (1981)
  43. Public EnemyIt Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  44. Marine Girls -Beach Party
  45. David BowieThe Man Who Sold the World (1970)
  46. WipersIs This Real? (1980)
  47. Wipers – Youth of America (1981)
  48. Wipers – Over the Edge (1983)
  49. Mazzy StarShe Hangs Brightly (1990)
  50. SwansYoung God (1984, erroneously listed as Raping a Slave)

source: Nirvana Wikia

Layne and Demri

Today I decided to post some pictures of Layne and Demri. For those of you who don’t know, Layne Staley, the singer of Alice in Chains, was in the long time relationship with Demri Lara Parrot who sadly died in 1996 from drug overdose. It is believed that her death has overwhelmed Layne so much that he returned to addiction. You can read more about her on her FB tribute page.

Below you will find an article from Alternative Nation about their wedding that eventually did not happen.

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The 20th anniversary of the death of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley’s girlfriend Demri Parrott was over the weekend. Alice In Chains: The Untold Story author David de Sola shared some information with Alternative Nation about the wedding that never came to be between Staley and Parrott, and how the planned site of the wedding eventually was where a much sadder event took place.

“People who knew both of them well generally agree (and told me) that Layne never got over Demri’s death. He was already pretty reclusive in 1996, but after her death, there were only three recordings that I know of (Despiseley Brothers, 2 AIC songs, and a Pink Floyd cover for a movie soundtrack). He was supposed to record guest vocals for a song by Taproot, but his body was found shortly before a recording session was set to take place.

The last time Kathleen Austin – Demri’s mother – saw Layne was in 1997. He wanted a teddy bear that Demri had had with her in hospital. Austin got that bear back after it was found in Layne’s things after his death. She also has Demri’s engagement ring that Layne gave her. The engagement was called off, but she did pick out a dress. They had chosen Kiana Lodge on Bainbridge Island as the wedding venue, that’s why the private invitation-only memorial service for Layne’s family and close friends was held there in 2002.

Mike Starr said he was going to be best man at Layne and Demri’s wedding. Neither Demri’s mother nor Layne’s stepfather have been able to confirm that. Thinking about both of them yesterday and today, and what might have been. RIP Layne and Demri.”

Demri Parrott died on October 29, 1996.  Layne Staley died on April 5, 2002.

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