It turns out Nirvana‘s original drummer, Chad Channing, best known for his appearance on the legendary grunge outfit’s debut album, Bleach, will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the band’s “classic” lineup, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic.
Confusion first arose when Rock Hall blog Future Rock Legends reported that Channing would join the surviving members as an inductee, however, a new message sent by Rock Hall staff to Nirvana’s management has made it clear that Channing was merely invited to the ceremony.
According to Loudwire, the Rock Hall’s message to Nirvana brass read, “Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn’t being inducted… It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.” Even Channing himself was under the impression that he was being inducted, expressing excitement in an interview.
“When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me!” Channing told Radio.com before being informed of the mixup. “So much of my excitement￼ about it is for her! She’s pretty awesome! My little boy is too young to understand though. So yeah, it does feel pretty good!”
Channing played an important role in the history of one of the most influential bands of the ’90s, playing drums on several of their most famous songs, including About a Girl, School, Love Buzz, and even contributing to the band’s breakthrough 1991 album Nevermind, on the track Polly.