The news shook the music world.
The fallout led many to look to Pearl Jam. For the previous three years, both bands were constantly compared to each other. Pearl Jam and Nirvana were both based in Seattle, Washington and were considered the reigning kings of grunge.
On the day the news came out, Pearl Jam was scheduled to play a show in Fairfax, Virginia at the Patriot Center. Cobain had attacked Pearl Jam in the media. The relationship between the two bands was complicated.
But, on the night that the world found out about the death of Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder offered a touching tribute to his contemporary. He told the Patriot Center crowd:
"There's a lot of space between us tonight...We're not only kind of far, you know, we're kind of elevated I noticed, a little more than usual. Either that, or I've gotten taller. But, I don't think it's very good to elevate yourself. That can be very dangerous. Sometimes whether you like it or not people elevate you, you know, whether you like it not. It's real easy to fall...but I don't think any of us would be in this room tonight if it weren't for Kurt Cobain."
Watch that night's concert below. The tribute to Cobain starts at the 1:01:44 mark.
Because they playing just outside of Washington DC, President Bill Clinton wanted Pearl Jam to visit the White House. Clinton was actually considering addressing the nation regarding the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Vedder told the President that it was not a good idea.
The death of Kurt Cobain and the impact was discussed on Pearl Jam's documentary, PJ20. Guitarist Stone Gossard summed up Pearl Jam's relationship with Kurt Cobain well:
"He made us think about everything that we did. His critique of us early on sure kept us on good behavior in terms of everything we did...if we're good now, it's partly because of him."
There's also the rare, legendary footage of Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder dancing together.