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Early Nirvana drummer Chad Channing opens up about leaving the band


Chad Channing, an early drummer of Nirvana, has insisted that he has no regrets about his decision to leave the band in the early 90s.

Channing, who was on the drums between 1988 and 1990, left the band by mutual consent due to difficult artistic differences. It’s believed while Channing became frustrated at not being an integral part of the songwriting process, fellow band members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic became frustrated with Channing’s drumming style during a recording session at Smart Studios.

Channing’s decision to leave meant he was swiftly replaced by Dave Grohl.

Asked by KAOS TV if he regretted the move, Channing replied: “I have no regrets because I always thought that things just sort of fall in place for a reason. For example, I was that perfect puzzle piece for the band at the time, and then they needed another piece to do other things and stuff.

“Our differences were strictly on a musical level. We always stayed friends. In fact, I remember the first time I saw them with Dave [Grohl] at this place called the OK Hotel. It was the first time I’d seen the guys in probably a year or so, and it was really good to see them. It was like, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ It was very friendly.”

Speaking of his relationship with Grohl, Channing continued: “I found out what a really nice guy Dave is. So it was really cool meeting him too.

“I have no regrets. I look back at those days and I think, ‘Wow, I played a small part in something.’ So I’m happy with that.”