Navarro’s rant at Avery for quitting NIN
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has slated ex-bandmate Eric Avery for leaving Nine Inch Nails ahead of a world tour.
The bassist last week announced he’d felt “overwhelmed” by the commitment required to be part of Trent Reznor’s “reinvented” outfit, and as a result would not be taking part. He was replaced by former NIN man Robin Finck.
Now Navarro has used the development to have a dig at Avery, who bowed out of Jane’s Addiction for the second time in 2010 and later appeared in a 17-part YouTube interview citing his reasons for quitting.
Speaking on his online radio show Dark Matter, Navarro says: “I’m looking forward to the 12-hour YouTube session of him dishing the dirt.” He puts on a spoof voice to say: “Once again I am mesmerised by my inability to follow through with anything.”
He continues: “This guy has constantly talked shit about me, Stephen and Perry, and quit our band twice to ‘pursue all these really intense solo creative artistic outputs’ – all these different mediums he’s going to get into.
“Where is it? Where’s all the shit he’s doing? I don’t know.”
Navarro says he wouldn’t be speaking out if Avery hadn’t made a “feature-length film talking shit about all three of us.” He recites the bassists’ recent career, saying he quit Jane’s, was fired by Garbage before being re-hired, then joined and left NIN.
“What the fuck is the problem here?” the guitarist demands. “Me, Perk and Perry and manager to put everything aside for 30 years. The guy’s entitled to do whatever the fuck he wants to do – it’s fine, but keep your fucking mouth shut.
“You can quit every band in the world. Whataver. Where’s this body of solo work? Where’s all this film scoring? He’s really good at commenting on other people that do really great work and take chances. He’s the first guy to tell you how great Walt Whitman is, how great Picasso is. At the end of the day he doesn’t fucking do a thing on his own or follow through with his work. I’m not buying it. Quit reading books and write one, dude.”
Navarro says it’s not just the YouTube interview that upset him, alleging that Avery “talks shit” to people that Jane’s Addiction have to work with. He insists: “I don’t wish him any harm. But if you you’re going to fucking open your mouth about the inner workings of something that’s been very, very good to you for a lot of years, then not follow through on anything else, you’ve got it coming – sorry.”