Update: Looks like Channing spoke too soon. He told Radio.com that he will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after all. Apparently, Nirvana’s camp received a text message from the Hall of Fame, saying, “Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn’t being inducted… It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.”
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2014 inductees, rockthusiasts were certainly pleased to see Nirvana getting the honor. Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic were part of a legendary band and rightfully deserve their place in the Hall. But what about Nirvana’s original drummer, Chad Channing?
Turns out his name will also go down as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Channing, who currently plays in the band Before Cars, told Future Rock Legends that he will indeed be inducted alongside the three more well-known Nirvana members. He also said he expects to be present at the induction ceremony, though he won’t be performing (via SPIN).
Channing was Nirvana’s drummer from 1988 to 1990 and it’s his drumming on the band’s seminal debut, Bleach. He recorded a few tracks for the classic Nevermind, but was replaced by Grohl after amicably splitting from the band over creative differences. However, the album version of “Polly” retains Channing’s original drum part. His name also appears on Nirvana’s original contract with Sub Pop Records.
The Hall of Fame’s decision to include Channing has sparked some controversy with KISS fans. Only that band’s original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss is getting inducted, leaving long-time drummer Eric “The Fox” Carr out. Carr played with KISS from 1980, the beginning of the band’s makeup-less phase, until his death in 1991. The RRHOF’s biography on KISS skips over this period; the Nirvana bio makes a point to mention Channing.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 10th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.