War Hero Was Kicked Out Of Nirvana And Soundgarden

(Classic Rock) Jason Everman could have been forgiven for thinking he'd blown any chance of success in life after he was fired from Nirvana, then Soundgarden. But he went on to a decorated career in the US Special Forces, where he's regarded among those who know of his achievements as a hero.

In a detailed personal piece, the New York Times reports how Everman picked up a guitar while attending therapy in his junior high school years, and described discovering punk as the "first defining event of my life."

He got the gig with Kurt Cobain's fledgling outfit through early drummer Chad Channing in February 1989, and paid the $606.17 they owed for their debut album Bleach. Bassist Krist Novoselic recalls: "Jason was very generous. We had some great shows with him but then things went south really fast. The fun stopped."

Cobain didn't actually dismiss the guitarist; instead the band just cancelled their tour and went home in silence. The frontman later described Everman as a "moody metalhead" and never repaid the Bleach money, even though the record went on to sell over two million copies. more on this story

Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

Soundgarden CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Soundgarden T-shirts and Posters

Share this article

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pin it Share on Reddit email this article