A cover photo that shows Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, with his bandmates at a concert in 1974 has sparked outrage and confusion after it was posted online in September.
The image was shared online in the days after Cobain died.
But the caption on the image says it was taken at a Halloween party.
It was captioned, “The cover of Nirvana’s 1977 album Covering Up Your Anger album,” which was issued on Halloween 1977.
“I didn’t see it as a cover photo, I didn’t think it was a cover at all,” said Krista Todaros, a senior at the University of Virginia, who was at the party.
Todaras mother, Tina, said she was at a birthday party and saw a group of people on a stage at the front of the venue wearing masks.
“The man behind me looked at me and he said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ and I looked back at him and I said, I thought he was joking.”
“It’s just a sad image,” said Tina.
“It’s sad, sad.”
“I know the cover was for Halloween, but the caption says it’s a cover, which is a sad message,” said Nancy Ewing, a spokeswoman for the Nirvana memorial service in Philadelphia.
“I think the cover has no place in our culture, no place.
This is not something we do.
We don’t use that kind of imagery.”
The band did not respond to CBS News requests for comment.
Nirvana is scheduled to perform at the Memorial Auditorium in Philadelphia on Sunday night.