"I played a small part in something, so I'm happy with that"
Former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing has spoken out about having “no regrets” over leaving the band before they reached mainstream success.
Channing was a member of the band between 1988 and 1990 – performing on all tracks on their seminal debut ‘Bleach’ bar three. He parted ways with the band due to creative differences, when they recruited Dave Grohl as drummer for the final recording, tour and promotion of their legendary breakthrough album ‘Nevermind’.
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.”
Earlier this year, four extremely rare Nirvana demo tapes were posted online. The aw audio was uploaded by Washington musician John Purkey and includes ‘Bleach’ demos that were reportedly recorded during Nirvana’s first ever session at Seattle’s Reciprocal Studios in 1988.
The recording comes before the arrival of Channing, and instead features the efforts of The Melvins’ Dale Crover who eventually recorded the drums for Nirvana’s debut album. Check it out here.