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ALBION, MI - FEBRUARY 27: A microphone sits on the edge of the stage during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts on February 27, 2012 in Albion, Michigan. With one day to go before the Michigan and Arizona primaries, Mitt Romney continues to campaign throughout Michigan.

Many events in rock history share the same anniversary, but few anniversaries are quite as tragic as April 5, 1994 and April 5, 2002.

Two voices that helped define a genre, a generation, a changing of the guard…silenced.

It’s no secret that both Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley had their share of problems, but despite them, the “what if’s” left in place of their presence are on par with their deaths themselves.

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away?” Maybe that’s true, but if fading away meant we had more time with these two, then we choose the latter.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.