The death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain five years ago may not have brought an end to rock, but it certainly marked a change in Seattle's musical landscape.That band's 1991 album "Nevermind" went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. (attaining Diamond Award status last week) and helped spark a grunge-fueled gold rush in Seattle. However, shortly after Cobain's death on April 5, 1994, the hype which had taken up residence on the Puget Sound soon left town. By the time Soundgarden called it quits in April 1997, the Seattle sound was more a whisper than a scream. In the time since Cobain's passing, his contemporaries and colleagues in the Seattle music scene have followed numerous and different paths. Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl left Seattle and formed the Foo Fighters. After two albums on Capitol, the band is now searching for a new label and hopes to have a new release out by this fall. Meanwhile former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic spends much of his
time on political causes. The ethnically Croatian Novoselic hopes his Balkans Women's Aid Foundation will find a way to help ethnic Albanian refugees who have been driven from Kosovo.Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell's long-anticipated 12-song solo album is tentatively due out September 21. There's no album title yet, but Cornell's management says the singer could be playing some select club dates this summer. Cornell's former bandmate, ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, seems to have a regular -- though not official -- gig with Pearl Jam these days. Last week, during an online chat, Cameron said that Pearl Jam has been in the studio for two weeks and might be working with former Soundgarden and Nirvana producer Adam Kaspar. And in January, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready lost his former Mad Season bandmate and friend, bassist Baker Saunders, to a drug overdose. Elusive Alice In Chains lead singer Layne Staley, who has also waged a personal war with drugs, keeps a low
profile these days. The band is currently sifting through tapes and compiling a box set due out this fall. Some new tracks are promised, but a support tour is unlikely.And though fellow Seattle rockers Screaming Trees seem to be on indefinite hiatus after playing a few West Coast dates last summer, recently frontman Mark Lanegan released the critically acclaimed solo release "Scraps At Midnight," an emotional account of his recovery from heroin addiction. And those scrappy survivors Mudhoney, who first burst onto the scene in 1988 with the punk-grunge classic "Touch Me, I'm Sick," continue to turn out albums and tour clubs with all four original members -- certainly a record of note for a Seattle-based band.