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Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd Nearly Joined Nirvana

Soundgarden' Bassist Ben Shepherd Nearly Joined Nirvana -

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has revealed how close he came to being Nirvana's lead guitarist.

In a new interview Shepherd explains how he met Kurt Cobain at a party before replacing Hiro Yamamoto in Soundgarden.

Shepherd tells Westword (via Classic Rock Magazine):

"The first time Kurt and I met we were the two loners on the end of the couch. There was a guitar there - I would always find a guitar at a party because I didn't like parties much. So I'd find the guitar and space off by myself.

"Kurt was the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night. I was supposed to play lead guitar for him, but they stead a three-piece."

Shepherd spent time on the road with Nirvana, although he says:

"I didn't really roadie with them; I just went on tour with them. We did all that shit - it was a blast to get out. Then our paths went different ways."

In related news Soundgarden will play a series of dates in the UK this coming September in support of their comeback album, 'King Animal.'

Soundgarden UK Tour

13/09 - O2 Apollo Manchester
14/09 - O2 Academy Birmingham
16/09 - The O2 Dublin
18/09 - 02 Academy Brixton
19/09 - 02 Academy Brixton




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