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Jared Leto’s Unusual Tribute To Kurt Cobain [VIDEO]

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April 5th marked 17 years from the day of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s demise. Many people honored the fallen icon yesterday but  I have to say 30STM frontman Jared Leto’s impression of Cobain was the weirdest tribute.

Cobain is fondly remembered as the ultimate anti-rock star by many. He started a much needed shift in music in the early nineties which reshaped rock and popular music forever. So it is no surprise that many fans paid tribute to him on the 17th anniversary (I hate using that word in connection with death) of his passing.


One celebration in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington unveiled a statue of a guitar in his honor near the Young Street Bridge. Cobain wrote about the bridge in Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” and was said to have written many songs under it as well. The words “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home” from the song “On a Plain” were engraved on part of the statue also.

30 Seconds to Mars Frontman Jared Ledo paid tribute to Kurt in his own way. He posted a video of himself doing a Cobain impression on Youtube and wrote the following:

“I heard today (April 5) was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago. Can’t believe it’s been that long. So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I’d be doing this if it weren’t for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible. Thanks for that.This made me recall a short piece of film I shot when I heard they were making a film celebrating his life. I made it to explore the character and explore creative possibilities. I never sent it to the studio or to anyone but I thought I’d share it now…”

As a huge fan of Nirvana and not that big a fan of 30STM, I find myself having mixed feelings about this video. As much as I would love to hate Leto for doing it, he really doesn’t sound too bad doing “Pennyroyal Tea”. What do you think?

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