Ongoing History Daily: Nirvana’s drummers

Trivia question: How many guys have played drums in Nirvana since the group took that name in 1987?  Let’s count. 

First was Aaron Burckhard.  By the end of that year, it was Dale Crover.  He was the guy on the demo that got Nirvana their deal with Sub Pop records. 

He was followed by Dave Foster, who lasted a few months before being replaced by Chad Channing late in the spring of 1988.  That’s four. 

Chad stuck it out almost two years before he was edged out. 

Dan Peters of Mudhoney joined up briefly in the fall of 1990 before Dave Grohl got the job as drummer number six.  Good question for a bar bet.

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