Soundgarden Star Almost Joined Nirvana

(hennemusic) In a new interview, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd reveals that he almost joined his fellow Seattle band Nirvana as their lead guitar player.

"Well, I was supposed to play lead guitar for them. But they stayed a three piece," Shepherd tells Denver Westword's Backbeat. "I knew them before they were a band, too. Chad [Channing] never told Kurt [Cobain] that I played guitar, even though the first time Kurt and I met, we were at a party in Olympia, and we were the two loners on the end of the couch, and there was a guitar there.

"I would always find a guitar at a party because I didn't like parties much. So I would find the guitar and space off by myself, you know? Kurt was the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night, an acoustic that was there."

"Then our paths went different ways. Chad, my old friend, we were in a band together, and I was the singer for a band," he said.

Shepherd continued to connect with future Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, sharing the same stages and shows; along the way, he provided the link to the band securing drummer Channing, two years before they brought in Dave Grohl. more on this story

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