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Former Nirvana Drummer Chad Channing Will Not Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Over the weekend, it was reported that former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing, who manned the kit for the band’s debut album, ‘Bleach,’ would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. However, according to a new message sent by the Rock Hall, Channing will not be included in Nirvana’s induction.

Apparently, some confusion was bouncing around online, as Future Rock Legends reported that Channing would join the classic Nirvana trio as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. However, as it turns out, the drummer was merely invited to the ceremony, but not as an inductee. The Rock Hall sent a message to Nirvana’s management clarifying the situation. It read, “Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn’t being inducted… It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.”

The news of Channing’s snub from the Rock Hall is unfortunate for numerous reasons. Firstly, the drummer performed on ‘Bleach,’ which includes Nirvana classics such as ‘About a Girl,’ ‘School,’ ‘Love Buzz’ and many others. The album has since sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S. alone and is still being spun by Nirvana fans worldwide. Channing also contributed to the legendary ‘Nevermind’ album, recording part of the drum track on ‘Polly.’

It’s also unfortunate that Channing’s own excitement for an induction has been swatted down. “When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me!” Channing told in an interview before he was informed he wasn’t being inducted. “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!”

Perhaps Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will at least invite Channing up onstage with them when they make their induction speeches.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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