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Soungarden’s Ben Shepherd Reveals He Almost Joined Nirvana

Image courtesy of Paul Lorkowski (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Paul Lorkowski (via ABC News Radio)

Nirvana almost had Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd as their lead guitarist. Shepherd says that he made an impression on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain at a party one night, which led to him being considered for a role in the group.

“I was supposed to play lead guitar for [Nirvana]...but they stayed a three-piece,” he tells Denver’s Westword . “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. Kurt was the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night.”

Shepherd adds that while he didn’t join Nirvana, he did spend some time with the band after his friend, drummer Chad Channing , became a Nirvana member in 1988.  “I just went on tour with them,” he explains. “It was a blast to get out.”

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