Though seminal rock group Nirvana are set to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., one surviving member will be noticeably absent from the ceremony: former drummer Chad Channing.
Not the group's first drummer (that distinction goes to Aaron Burckhard, and drummers Dale Crover and Dave Foster also joined for brief stints), Channing appeared on their debut full-length, Bleach, and maintained the second-longest drum tenure next to best-known and final drummer Dave Grohl.
Although he wasn't named in the nomination, it was believed as recently as last week that Chad might be included in the induction, with former bandmmate Krist Novoselic even lobbying in his favor. It was just reveled, however, that, although Channing has apparently been extended an invitation to attend, only Nirvana's most famous lineup of Grohl, Novoselic, and the late Kurt Cobain are slated to be honored.
Channing was informed of his snub via text message, shortly after conducting an interview with Radio.com, where he expressed excitement at the prospect of being included.
Below, you can watch of early performance of “Lithium” with Chad on drums:
Like his successor, Channing has stepped out from behind the drum set in his post-Nirvana work, most recently assuming the role of bassist and frontman for the band Before Cars:
It's not unusual for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to induct only specific incarnations of groups, however in the case of Chad Channing, it appears that even his former bandmmate was under the assumption that he might be honored in some capacity. 2014 marks Nirvana's first year of eligibility for induction, since 25 years has passed since their 1989 debut, an album Chad was an important part of.