b. David Michael Navarro, 7 June 1967, Santa Monica, California, USA. Guitarist Navarro rose to fame on the alternative
rock circuit with his work for two of the scene's most talented but self-destructive bands, Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Navarro was playing in speed metal band Disaster with drummer Stephen Perkins before they joined singer Perry Farrell in his new venture, Jane's Addiction. His work on landmark albums such as Nothing's Shocking (1988) and Ritual De Lo
Habitual (1990) challenged the stylistic limitations of rock guitar, drawing on heavy metal, psychedelic rock and punk to
create a daring accompaniment to Farrell's tortured vocals. Navarro's tense relationship with Farrell, in addition to the
band's well-publicized fondness for narcotics, led to their eventual implosion in 1992. Navarro subsequently collaborated
with former Jane's Addiction bass player Eric Avery and drummer Mike Murphy on the experimental Deconstruction project, and
became an in-demand session player for both alternative and mainstream artists. He turned down a job offer from Guns N' Roses
and joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in time to participate in the recording of 1995's One Hot Minute. In 1997, Navarro recorded
some new tracks and took part in a brief tour with the re-formed Jane's Addiction. He left the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1998
to concentrate on his Spread project, which over the course of three years mutated into his solo debut, Trust No One. That
album was followed by Don't Try This At Home, an entertaining and often shocking journal of a year in Navarro's life as documented
by the photo booth installed in his house in the Hollywood Hills.
Birth Name: David Michael Navarro
Date of Birth: 06/07/1967
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Current Bands: Jane's Addiction, Solo
Other Bands: South Dakota Railroad, Dizastre, Deconstruction,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Honeymoon Stitch, Brain Taco, Ruined Eye, Nancy Raygun
Other Projects: Bikini Magazine, 6767.com,
Ugly Meets the People
Movie Roles: Soul Kiss - As Himself, The Gift - As Himself, Floundaring - Drug Kid, Three Days -
Publishing Title: Embryotic Music
Dave Navarro, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, is the son of Constance
Colleen Hopkins and James Raul Navarro. Dave's parents divorced when he was seven and Dave went to live with his mother. In
1983, Dave's mother and aunt were murdered. The man responsible for this was a former boyfriend of his mother. This tragic
event has clearly had a great affect on Dave's life. Thankfully, the man responsible for this horrendous crime was arrested
and convicted of the crime. He was captured thanks to help from the television program America's Most Wanted. Dave was a key
witness in the prosecution of this man.
Music has always been a major part of Dave's life. The music of Jimi Hendrix
is credited as being the beginning inspiration point for Dave's passion for the guitar. His cousin Dan Navarro, now of Lowen
& Navarro, helped Dave learn the basics. Dave's first band, South Dakota Railroad, was a classic rock cover band.
academic life was not one of much success. However, while in marching band, he met and befriended Stephen Perkins. Together,
they formed a speed metal band called Dizastre with some classmates. Dizastre managed to have enough success to play a few
L.A. clubs, however the project was fairly short lived.
Stephen Perkins is responsible for brining Dave into Jane's
Addiction. Shortly after Steve joined, the band's current guitarist left to be part of a different band. Steve raved about
Dave and got him an audition. Dave played a riff that would eventually be a part of Mountain Song, with that, he was in.
Addiction brought on a series of highs and lows for Dave. He was an integral part of what became an immensely popular band.
Jane's Addiction had a record deal and was touring the country. However, the stressful lifestyle took its toll on him. It
is no secret that Dave has used drugs and his tenure in Jane's Addiction was during some of the heaviest drug use of his life.
It would be these drug problems that would lead to the band's demise. During this time, Dave was trying to remove the use
of heavy drugs from his life, but they were always accessible, making it extremely hard to deal with his addiction.
after the demise of Jane's Addiction, Dave joined former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery in his new project called Deconstruction.
This project ended up only lasting one album. Dave had ambitions of touring with Deconstruction where Eric Avery did not.
The band was dissolved amicably, and Eric and Dave saw it as full closure on their Jane's Addiction experience at that time.
was a turning point for Dave. The music he played was a different sound than what he had played with his time in Jane's Addiction.
There were more musical layers in addition to working with samples and other sounds. This also marked the first time Dave's
vocals were a major part of the band. Neither he nor Eric were known for their vocals in Jane's Addiction, yet the two, especially
Avery, made their vocal presence clear.
Dave's skills as a guitarist are quite evident. He has worked with numerous
other artists and has been a highly sought after by bands looking for a guitarist. When Jane's Addiction broke up, Dave was
asked to join Guns 'N Roses by Axl Rose; Dave declined the invitation. Dave was also asked by the Red Hot Chili Peppers twice
to join their band. Initially he declined, but the second time he jumped on board.
Dave's first major performance with
the Peppers was at Woodstock 94. He was extremely nervous and to make the situation that much more uncomfortable, he had to
perform in a giant light bulb suit. Dave hated the suit, and thankfully he only had to perform in it for a short time as the
entire band shed these suits early in the performance.
Dave brought a different element to the Chili Peppers. The only
album he appeared on was On Hot Minute which was met with a mixed reaction by fans and critics a like. The biggest thing working
against the album was the fact that it was quite different than the band's previous work, and it was the highly anticipated
follow up to the bands breakout mega success Blood Sugar Sex Magick. Dave's tenure with the Chili Peppers was brief as he
left in 1998 to pursue his solo project.
Before leaving the Chili Peppers, Dave had a brush with his past. Red Hot
Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Dave were invited to play with Porno For Pyros on a track called Hard Charger for the Howard
Stern biographical movie Private Parts. What followed was a series of live dates where three fourths of Jane's Addiction were
back together performing both Porno For Pyros songs and Jane's Addiction songs. This caught everyone's attention, and the
Jane's Addiction relapse was soon announced.
Relapse was probably a very appropriate word for Dave. It was the first
time that he had made music with both Stephen Perkins and Perry Farrell since he was a part of Jane's Addiction. It was also
the first time in a while that Dave was using heroin. However, from all accounts, even with the bad, it was a good experience
for all those involved, and one that left the door open for later collaborations.
Dave recently announced his engagement
to Carmen Electra, former Playboy model and actress. If he and Carmen do wed, it will be the third time for Dave. Dave's first
marriage was to a woman named Tanya (or Tanja depending on who you ask) in 1990 in a pagan ceremony. The two received matching
In 1994, Dave entered his second marriage, one that would be ended in less than a year. This time
it was to a woman named Rhian. The separation was not a smooth one, and Dave used the emotion that was inside him at that
time to record the Rhimorse demos, songs that have never been officially released, yet managed to make their way outside Dave's
house, even though he said they would never leave it. Initially he intended to give it away at local record stores in Los
Angeles, but rethought it as he felt some of the parts might be hurtful to his ex-wife. Remnants of these songs did progress
into the Spread project and have since been released officially.
After leaving the Chili Peppers, Dave decided to concentrate
on his solo project; then called Spread. Chad Smith of the Peppers was part of this project initially, but had to leave due
to his inability to devote more time into the project. He and fellow Pepper Flea can be heard on the Spread demos. Dave would
later rerecord their work for whatever reason he saw fit before the songs were officially released. Due to conflict with an
existing band, the name Spread was dropped, and the project was simply put out under Dave's name.
Dave has also written
an, as of late, unreleased book titled Don't Try This At Home. Initially, the book shared the same name as his solo album,
but it was changed right before the book original release date. This oft-delayed book has finally been shelved with no set
release date due to concerns over some of the books content. The concept of this book is a year in the life of Dave, with
visitors to his house being captured in the photo booth he keeps in his house. The book is coauthored by Neil Strauss, who
also co-wrote Marilyn Manson's autobiography. Dave has said he is currently too busy to deal with this book, and will decide
what to do with it when he has the time.
Dave is now concentrating on his solo career, performing live and making guest
appearances to promote his debut album Trust No One. With plans in place for more Jane's Addiction tour dates, the future
seems quite bright for Dave.