Marking the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide, prominent rock and metal musicians remembered the late Nirvana frontman, paying tributes in various ways.
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul noted that although grunge did a quite a lot of damage to the metal scene, he was still very much fond of Nirvana. "Nirvana was a huge band and I, like everybody else, I think - I don't know anybody who ever said they weren't a fan of them - thought they were great," the drummer noted (via Blabbermouth). "And I was terribly shocked and kind of mortified as to what happened, you know. I never knew Kurt was that depressed and that kind of stuff, you know. Just didn't seem that way to me, you know. He was just big and larger than life."
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford went a step further, placing Kurt next to some of the ultimate rock greats. "He was an absolute genius," he said. "In the legacy of rock and roll music, he'll be there with, like, Hendrix and Lennon and Joplin and Morrison. Incredibly evocative, inspiring, controversial, human musician. For me, there's been nothing great since Nirvana, in the way it shook up the world. There's been nothing great since that band."
Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell noted, "I didn't really know Kurt that well, but there was a guy I always admired. We didn't spent much time together, but the few times we did spend together, you know, were times I'll always remember. You know, he was a really sweet guy, and a really genuine soul, you know, and an incredibly talented artist."
Brian "Head" Welch of Korn also shared his memories of Cobain, saying, "I just remember tripping and going, 'Wow, that guy must have been like really in a dark place,' you know. It just shows you, you know, like that life isn't all about fame and being a rock star and making it and money and all that stuff, you know. It's about finding like who you are and being happy inside and finding that place, because you can have the whole world and still want to kill yourself. You know, even 20 years later, it's like a reality check, you know. We should use this, his anniversary of his death, as a reality check."
Joining the tributes, Dave Grohl posted a photo of Kurt on the Foo Fighters' Instagram page, along with a stream of the Beatles' "In My Life," a track Cobain was very fond of and which was ultimately played at his funeral.
The tributes didn't end there, as quite a few artists opted to honor Kurt by playing one of Nirvana tunes live. Check out the Muse rendition of "Lithium" below.
Kurt was found dead at his on Lake Washington Boulevard on April 8, 1994. The police investigation determined that the frontman had committed suicide three days before, on April 5. He was 27 years old.