“I always thought that things just sort of fall in place for a reason.”
Early Nirvana drummer Chad Channing – who was a member of the fold between 1988 and 1990, and performed on the band’s 1989 studio debut “Bleach” – was asked by Kaaos TV if he has any regrets about leaving the group just before they exploded with 1991’s “Nevermind,” to which he 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 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’ve 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.
“And I met Dave for the first time too. I found out what a really nice guy Dave is. So it was really cool meeting him too.
“I hold no regrets, I certainly have no ill will. It’s just part of the business sometimes. And sometimes you maybe feel like moving on or maybe doing different things. There could be all sorts of different reasons. But 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.”
Asked to single out his favorite “Bleach” songs, Channing replied:
“I was always a fan of ‘Swap Meet.’ It’s probably my favorite song off the record. And I also liked playing ‘Sifting.’ Those are probably a couple of my favorites off the record.”
Asked on what it feels like to play Nirvana tunes live in concert these days as part of Nirvana Experience, the drummer replied:
“It’s interesting because I don’t think I actually played those songs in probably 30 years. It’s like brushing off the dust a little bit, but it’s been kind of fun actually. I didn’t really know what to expect.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, I remember this. This was pretty fun!’ So it’s been interesting and cool.
“It does [bring back memories] in some ways. There’s a little bit there that just kind of brings back some memories. So in some ways it does.”