Historic events this week from Nirvana, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan and Guns N’ Roses
APRIL 5, 2005: ABERDEEN, WA ADOPTS NEW CITY MOTTO
After the original Welcome to Aberdeen sign had fallen into disrepair, the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee led a campaign, funded by fan donations, to replace the sign.
On the 11th anniversary of Cobain’s death, his hometown’s city unveiled the new sign.
The sign included the new city motto honoring Nirvana’s frontman: Come As You Are
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APRIL 7, 1988: ALICE COOPER NEARLY HANGS HIMSELF
Alice Cooper’s stage show has always involved mock executions. However, one night, Alice nearly hanged himself for real.
The piano wire that keeps Alice’s noose from fatally hanging him snapped.
THE WIRE SNAPS… AND IN AN INSTANT I FLIPPED MY HEAD BACK. THAT MUST’VE BEEN A FRACTION OF A SECOND…IF IT CAUGHT MY CHIN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT RESULT. IT WENT OVER MY NECK AND GAVE ME A PRETTY GOOD BURN. I WENT DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND PRETTY MUCH BLACKED OUT – ALICE COOPER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (2018)
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APRIL 7, 2008: BOB DYLAN WINS PULITZER PRIZE
Having won Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Oscar & a Dove award; Bob Dylan became the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
FOR HIS PROFOUND IMPACT ON POPULAR MUSIC AND AMERICAN CULTURE, MARKED BY LYRICAL COMPOSITIONS OF EXTRAORDINARY POETIC POWER. – PULITZER.ORG
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APRIL 8, 2016: GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION TOUR BEGINS
After a warm-up gig at The Troubadour in West Hollywood for a sold out crowd of only 500 (!), …the Not In This Lifetime…Tour finally got underway with two shows in Las Vegas.
However, at the Troubadour show, Axl Rose fell and broke his foot.
He had to resort to singing from Dave Grohl’s “rock throne”.
The very one Grohl used in 2015 when he broke his leg.
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APRIL 9, 2020: DYLAN’S FIRST US #1 SINGLE
Remarkably, Bob Dylan has never had a #1 single in the US until now.
Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul”, a 17-minute epic about JFK’s assassination, was released on 3/27/20.
The song went to #1 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart with over 10,000 sold in its first week.