Original Nirvana Drummer Chad Channing Open to a Reunion


Story by Anne Erickson

Chad Channing, who played drums with Nirvana during the band’s Sup Pop days, is open to the band getting back together

Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing is open to the idea of the band reuniting. Speaking with NME, Channing explained that if Nirvana’s surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, both agreed to properly reunite, he would join them, but that, “It’d maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That’d be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off.” Obviously, this would eliminate the need to bring someone in to replace late singer Kurt Cobain and keep Nirvana the reunion “in the family.”

Channing performed drums for most of Nirvana’s debut album, “Bleach,” and on the band’s early EP, “Blew.” He also held down drumming duties on the popular Nirvana song “Polly.” Channing was a key part of the band during its Sub Pop days but left the group in 1990, before the recording of “Nevermind.”

When Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April, Channing was not invited to participate, but he told NME that he has no hard feelings and is “fine about it…I’ve always sort of felt that for me, everything’s so much more about the music than the accolades.”



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