Killers bassist credits Nirvana influence

Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain

The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer, didn't get into rock music until he heard Nirvana, and spent his formative years as a musician trying to teach himself how to play their songs.

He said: "Nirvana are definitely the band that got me into rock and 'Come as You Are' is the first song I learned how to play.

"I remember sitting down and trying to figure it out. I don’t even know if I would have tried to play the bass or guitar if it wasn't for Nirvana, because I spent a lot of time just learning by ear."

Stoermer was a huge fan of the whole grunge scene – centred around Seattle in the US North West – and his first ever live show was a rather surreal experience at a Pearl Jam concert.

He told NME magazine: "I was really into the grunge movement which was happening when I was 16.

"The Pearl Jam show was a totally different experience for me, because I'd never seen a band with guitars live on stage. I remember Eddie Vedder sang 'My Way' with an Elvis impersonator."

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