Chris Chaney (born 1970) was the bass player in the last incarnation of Jane's Addiction, after Flea and Eric Avery, as well as a member of Alanis Morissette's touring and recording band from 1995 to 2002. He was formerly in The Panic Channel, formed with Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins, also formerly of Jane's Addiction and Steve Isaacs on vocals; and is currently in Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, formed by Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, who he played with while touring with Alanis Morissette, both of their first major "pop" gigs.
Chris was raised in a self-proclaimed "musically rich neighbourhood" where members of The Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana lived in close proximity. The Mill Valley native (or "stoner-ville" as Chaney calls it) also lived just blocks away from pop-culture mecca, where some of the "Ewok Village" scenes were filmed for various Star Wars production such as Return of the Jedi and several made-for-TV movies. He attended Tamalpais High School, in Mill Valley, California, the same high school that the late rapper Tupac Shakur attended briefly the year after Chaney graduated.
"I grew up in a dream place compared to L.A. where I live now," says Chaney. "It doesn’t have the natural beauty you know it’s got the smog and the big dry desert valley. I mean I still love it but sometimes you grow up and you don’t realize how lucky you are. I was spoiled rotten in a natural kind of way."
Upon graduation of High School Chris moved to Boston and spent 2 and 1/2 years studying at the famed Berklee School Of Music before moving to Los Angeles to primarily play jazz, where he first made a name for himself playing at famed The Baked Potato and R&B in the house band at Dragonfly, in which he comments "That was an amazing, educational gig. We played everything from Aretha to Soundgarden, and we backed 20 singers a night," It was with some trepidation that Chris took his first tour with Alanis Morissette in 1996: "“Taking the Alanis job was a hard decision. The ball was really starting to roll for me in L.A.; I had a variety of gigs, and I was playing almost every night. Lots of guys were saying, ‘You’re finally playing jazz at the Baked Potato, and you’re going to leave that behind to play pop music?’ But I’ve always loved playing any music that I think is good. I liked Alanis, I liked her songs, and I liked the band—so I took the gig.”
Chaney should not be confused with Chris Cheney, lead singer/guitarist of the Australian band The Living End.
In late 2007, Chaney played bass on the studio version of Japanese pop-star Ayumi Hamasaki's song "Together When".