Just like December 8th, April 5th is a particularly bad day for rock n roll. It’s bad enough when we lose one icon, but for some reason on this day we lost two MASSIVE influences on the world of rock.
April 5th, 1994
Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. At the time he was a hero and the main creative force behind Nirvana, the band that was changing the face of contemporary rock n roll. He was only 27 years old when he died, sadly inducting him into the infamous “27 club” with other music icons like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.
April 5th, 2002
Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in his home. His was a voice that was as original and haunting as it was versatile and memorable. Alice In Chains managed to carve out their own piece of the 90’s rock revolution by writing albums that didn’t always have to follow the same formula. Their 1994 EP Jar Of Flies was probably the most diverse sounding album to come from the alternative rock scene the band had a hand in pioneering.
We’ve all heard the songs from both Nirvana and Alice in Chains billions of times because they’ve managed to stand the test of time and stay relevant. You can go pay your own tribute however you like, but for this blog we’ll listen to the two songs that I’ve always loved the most from each band.
And since each of these powerhouse bands with larger than life front men did MTV Unplugged sessions that grabbed the fans and showed a more tender side of the beast, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t showcase a couple of those songs.