March 31st, 1994 - an orderly at the Exodus Recovery Center goes outside for a smoke and observes Kurt Cobain attempting to jump over the adjoining wall. Startled, the singer falls and sprains his right ankle, allowing more orderlies to take him back inside with little protest.
May-September, 1994 - Cobain is finally allowed release after two awful weeks of withdrawal symptoms and a few additional weeks of therapy. His first priority, after having a serious talk with his wife Courtney Love about the health of their relationship, is his music. He spends a cabin wilderness sabbatical with Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, during which he spends most of the time drinking black coffee and throwing snowballs at passing cop cars. The trip both repairs the strained friendship with Grohl and gives both the opportunity to work on his unfinished compositions. Love, meanwhile, begins the 'Live Through This' tour with her band Hole. The tour was subject of a series of legal troubles for Love as well, involving physical altercations between herself, crowd members, and other musicians.
February, 1995 - 'IV', Nirvana's fourth album, releases to widespread critical acclaim. Ironically, the title also represents the band growing from a trio to a quartet, with Pat Smear joining in official capacity. Their lead single, 'Butterflies', is noted as a Grohl composition. While DGC was initially furious with Cobain following the tour cancellation, they soften when they see the sales numbers. Some diehard grunge fans are unnerved by the band's shift to a more garage rock direction, to which Cobain shrugs and replies "I just wanted to make a Melvins album, sue me."
September, 1966 - Cobain meets Tupac Shakur in an official capacity during the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards afterparty in the wee hours of the morning. During a frankly sobering discussion, the two bond over their statuses as 'faces' of their respective genres. Shakur recommends he read The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and Cobain recommends he listen to 'Rock for Light' by Bad Brains. This minor event leaves a noticeable impact on both of their lives, especially for Cobain, who reportedly became obsessed with the Bardo Thodol. The two continue their odd friendship to the present day.
February, 1997 - Following a sit-down meeting with personal idol and fellow musician Daniel Johnston, who by that point was readmitted to Austin State Hospital, Cobain starts advocating for mental health checks, himself a longtime sufferer of bipolar disorder. He ruffles the feathers of a few politicians, including members of the Clinton government, over readiness and availability of workable mental health treatments. The news doesn't pay attention to this, instead focusing on the status of his trial separation from Courtney Love. In the meantime, however, multitudes of his fans begin to take steps to improve their own wellbeing as a result.
October, 1997 - The co-headlined Hole/Nirvana tour commences across the continental United States. Despite it being his idea, the experience unnerves Cobain, increasingly annoyed at fans demanding he "play the hits". At a point during a concert in Cow Palace, California, against the crowd roaring for the band to play 'Lithium', he snapped "Grunge is dead! Grunge is over, okay?! I'm here, and we're here to soothe [things] and to help everyone move through this!" Similarly, Courtney Love routinely drew controversy with both onstage and offstage antics, getting into fights backstage and taunting audience members. A specific low point was after her and Dave Grohl got in a particularly bitter exchange -- later that night, Grohl pulled the plugs off of Hole's instrument amplifiers during their performance and Love stormed offstage without performing an encore. Both had threatened to quit the tour, leading Cobain to call off the remaining leg so both parties could simmer in peace. Sales of the live album, 'Verse Chorus Verse', was boycotted by fans in protest.