Dave Navarro: 'The Acoustic Guitar To Me Is An Entire Band Within Itself'

Dave Navarro took some time out from recording a new Jane's Addiction album to talk about the guitar.

Dave Navarro: 'The Acoustic Guitar To Me Is An Entire Band Within Itself'
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When we conjure Dave Navarro the first image that comes to mind is the bare-chested guitar hero shouldering some electric instrument and pounding out big rock riffs. But the acoustic guitar has long been an integral part of what Navarro does and dates back to the first live self-titled Jane's Addiction record and even includes Dave's own Trust No One solo album. So when Epiphone built him his own Dave Navarro Signature guitar it certainly made a lot of sense. The guitarist took some time out from recording a new Jane's Addiction record to talk about the guitar. Confronted with an onslaught of interviews, he proved to be a real trooper in answering the same questions ad nauseum. UG: Hopefully I won't be asking you the same questions you've been asked 18 times in a row. Dave Navarro: That would be amazing! I'm gonna try, man. It was interesting that your new Dave Navarro Signature Epiphone is an acoustic/electric. Do you use acoustic/electrics in the studio? Well, in the studio they're always all-acoustic guitars. One of the things that was pretty important to me with this guitar was I wanted something that I could use in a live setting that had electronics in it. It's a pretty vital part of Jane's Addiction and our performances and certainly closing out every set with Jane Says you want a pretty dependable acoustic guitar that sounds good and looks good and plays well and certainly one that you can control from the instrument itself. Because as you probably know getting acoustics to sound great in a festival setting without a soundcheck is no easy task. Or even in a small club with the monitor systems, I mean you have feedback issues and all kinds of potential problems and gremlins lurking within the electronics of the house. So it was pretty important for me to have an instrument that I could control because there's nothin' worse than being the guy sitting on stage that everybody's looking over at like going, What the hell is that noise? And you've just started the song and you've got five minutes of making that noise to get through. So this guitar offers you a solution when all else fails.

"In the studio they're always all-acoustic guitars."

What is that acoustic guitar tone you're looking for? Did it come from listening to Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page? What is the Dave Navarro acoustic guitar sound? I'm an electric guitar player, I love electric guitar, but the acoustic guitar to me is an entire band within itself. The acoustic guitar to me is its own [thing.] It's a percussive instrument; a lot of people don't really think of it that way but it is. It's a percussive instrument; your right arm is rhythmic; it creates the percussiveness built into what you're playing just about every time. And, uh, what's important to me is all those things you outlined. In a Zeppelin context, one of the things growing up listening to Jimmy Page was when he would break out the acoustic stuff, it would just come across as other worldly to me. And so certainly that's something that I look to achieve. You talk about Townshend and some of his rhythmic stuff and using it in the studio in creative ways to add punctuation to electric rhythm tracks. Or to add a top end or a kind of a shimmer behind a rhythm track, there's really no other way to do it other than to double with an acoustic part sometimes in a different register or a different voicing. Let those high strings ring out and kind of poke through. And though people may not think about it but the acoustic guitar has always been a big part of what Jane's Addiction does. Jane's Addiction has always celebrated the instrument whether it's a straight up acoustic song or whether it's a rock song that incorporates acoustics and goes into acoustic breaks. It's just such a great way to shift gears. Especially if you listen to something like and I hate to go back and date myself but if you go to Nothing's Shocking and listen to Ocean Size, which is probably one of our more aggressive songs, the thing starts with acoustic guitar and breaks down to acoustic guitar twice within the song. And it's just such a great tool for a dynamic gearshift within the studio that I love. There was also the Jane Says track from Nothing's Special which you touched on before as being the band's closer in concert. So the acoustic guitar has been a major part of what the band did from the outset. Was this an unspoken thing that you came in with your acoustic guitar and it just became part of Jane's' sound or was it a conscious choice to make that texture part of the sound? What's weird about Janes especially in the early days is that we would go through phases of gravitating towards stylistic choices that were definitely not in at the times when we were gravitating towards them. I can say there was about a six-month window where Perry and I had this house like out in, god, I don't even know where it was but it was in some like really foresty suburb of LA. And we just kind of sat around and like cooked fish and smoked weed and made acoustic music and got really into some kind of bizarre hippie sub-culture. This sounds weird but the whole environment was kind of like if there was such a thing as a positive Manson family [laughs.] Instead of killing people we were writing songs. What was some of the music that came out of that period? There's a song called Slow Divers [from Kettle Whistle] which is arguably one of our more hippie-dippie numbers you can find and that song came out of there. And that was just him and me sittin' around the pool like I said, eatin' healthy clean food. I think we both kind of, that was the time we were like, OK, we're gonna get clean off of the heroin and only smoke weed and let's play acoustic music. It was a good time and even though we moved through that phase and didn't stay with that way of life, the experience stayed with us and it became an inherent part of the band. The use of acoustics for us is pretty important in terms of songwriting. I mean we spent a lot of time sitting around writing acoustically before we'd even pick up the electric stuff. A lot of Jane's music does get written acoustically first? Yeah; we spend time on the couch and Perry is singing out without a microphone; Stephen on bongos; acoustic bass and acoustic guitar. Really paying attention to the lyrics and the melody and paying attention to what each other is playing and then we'll adjust when we get up on the big stage. That has become a real important aspect for us as a band and I don't think that we would be where we're at and I don't think we would have the body of work we have without the acoustic. As you mentioned the acoustic has been a part of the Jane's repertoire since the beginning. It was there on I Would For You from the Jane's Addiction live album and it was even a part of your solo record, Trust No One, on a song like Rexall. Have you fine-tuned that process of recording acoustics in the studio? It's interesting. On the new record like I said earlier, I spent some with producer Rich Costey and I did some rhythm tracks that I thought were pretty aggressive and pretty cool sounding. But the voice of the chord structure that I was playing wasn't ringing out enough so I took the new Epiphone and miked it up and just doubled the rhythms to kind of get that sparkle and that top end; that right-hand articulation happening. And so I've been doing a lot of that in the studio. Have you gotten better at doing that? As far as recording with acoustics getting better? One of the things that I've come to love and an interesting thing is the intro of Ocean Size, the guitar I was using was so squeaky and the strings were so [noisy] that anytime you moved your hand, the squeak was so incredibly that I punched each chord.

"One of the things that was pretty important to me with this guitar was I wanted something that I could use in a live setting that had electronics in it."

Did you really? Yeah; each chord was punched on that guitar. But then in the same breath if you listen to Jane Says very carefully, you hear like this kind of jangling sound. And what that is is the bracelets I was wearing on my right hand getting picked up in the mic. But what I've come to love, I've come to love those tiny, nuancey imperfections tracking acoustic guitar. To me they lend a lot of character you know? You're so used to everything being perfect and chopped and Pro Tooled nowadays and there's so much copied and pasted parts happening, it's just the way music's being made. That when there's a moment like that, we leave it and now I'm really starting to enjoy the lack of forgiveness that you get when tracking with an acoustic. All the fret noises and the squeaks changing from chords? Now let's not get crazy [laughs.] Not all of it. Even if it's not something that interferes with the song, yeah, absolutely, we like to leave it. Cause it's an element, a character that's just unusual and my favorite records, that stuff's all over em. What are some of those records? Well the ones I grew up to. God, when I think about Pink Floyd for instance and Gilmour's use of acoustic. Especially if you listen to that album like Animals, is it Dogs that starts with the acoustic? Chinkachinka chink achinkachinnka [sings rhythm.] Yeah, I mean, where that song goes sonically is pretty unbelievable in terms of just like the sonic soundscapes that are being created there that are starting and being basically moved along by his right hand on acoustic guitar. You know? And that's a huge inspiration to me. And like I said, it depends on what's being played but someone could pick up an acoustic guitar and stay in the first position down there and play a song and it's like, OK, that's a cute little beach number you're playing. But once they really get like experimental with the voicings and the strings that are resonating and ringing out, you really create an entirely new dimension that your best electric guitar player can't do. Along those same lines, your acoustic playing has really informed your electric playing in terms of your right-hand rhythmic approach to the electric and even down to the tones you create on electric that have a very clean, almost acoustic quality to them. Does that make sense? It does. In fact there's maybe a couple reasons for that: one, as I told you, a lot of the songs are written acoustically and the second, being the only guitar player in the band, I've gotta cover a lot of ground and I've got to fill up a lot of space sometimes. And sometimes I've got to leave a lot of space depending on the song so I've had to focus on the right hand more than the left in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear that in my soloing [laughs.] My left hand has the box sound but my right hand can do anything. You sometimes don't think of Jane's Addiction as a trio because there are so many guitar parts going on in a lot of the songs. Yeah, well, that's the thing is like live I've gotta be naked out there trying to do my best to cover all this stuff so you better bet that goddamn well that in the studio I'm gonna be puttin' 500 guitars on everything. But you know I feel like it's not my job to reproduce the record; the record is one thing and live is another and of my great escape clauses is listening to bootlegs of Zeppelin on an off night. And just go, Well, you know, see it's OK, Led Zeppelin they're doin' it so I guess it's not that big a deal. It's just kinda that Page school: this is the record and this is what I'm doin' in the studio and live it is what it is. And we're fuckin' rockin' it out anyway. Any feelings about the Live Voodoo DVD that came out a while ago? It's a bittersweet recording for me because it's the last recording that anybody can ever see with Eric Avery. It's nice to have that documented but it's also bittersweet because it's the last visual recording of the band with Eric Avery. To be honest with you, I haven't sat through the whole thing. I don't know. Once I get off tour with the band, the last thing I do is sit and home and watch the show back. I'm kinda ready to see something else. You know what I mean? I've got a season of Dexter to catch up on so the Live Voodoo DVD is probably pretty far down in my cue.

"I'm an electric guitar player, I love electric guitar, but the acoustic guitar to me is an entire band within itself."

How are the sessions going for the new Jane's album? The band hasn't recorded together since the Strays album back in 2003. Yeah, it's going really good. It's really hard to describe something that no one can hear. I understand. The best job I can do is to say that we are staying within the parameters of Jane's Addiction which are no parameters and each song is its own thing. At times you wonder if they're all gonna fit on the same record and then you think, But [with] Jane's Addiction they shouldn't feel like they should be on the same record. If one thing is that diverse from the last? Then we're doin' something right. And we're just experimenting a lot with different sounds and different instrumentation. And I'm actually kind of trying to approach my guitar playing on this record in a lot simpler of a way than I ever have. I think it's time. My favorite guitar players from the 80s are probably the simplest players around there and I'm pretty inspired by them right now. It must be an incredible honor for you to have Epiphone give you your own Signature guitar. I never honestly would have imagined [it.] When I heard, uh, what's that fuckin' Page acoustic thing? White Summer? White Summer exactly. I never would have imagined when I heard White Summer for the first time that someday I was gonna have my own acoustic Epiphone. Like, you know, this is a dream come true. I hope this wasn't a copy of every other interview you've done today. There's no secret why you guys are the number one site because you know how to ask the questions that people want to talk about. Thank you so much. Alright, buddy. Cheers. Interview by Steven Rosen Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2010

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    Tone Deaf
    DanielDrennan wrote: for the standard american, its not. And judging by his lack of proper grammer, he is a redneck. Give him some room for error.
    As much as I appreciate you pointing out his idiocy, I'd like for people to stop using redneck as a term for people that you want to call "stupid." Don't understand how that's the only hate that /doesn't/ get jumped all over. Make a racist comment? Your ass is gone. Make a sexist comment? Hold on tight, you're gonna get it. Make a derogatory comment towards a homosexual person? Omg, your f***ed. Make a derogatory comment about someone from the south? Well, hell. They probably can't read it anyways. Not cool, as I'm pretty sure myself (and most the people I know) are more intelligent than, and outclass most of the haters.
    mickmarz
    jsspang wrote: mickmarz wrote: fahk all of you wanna-be hipsters with your stupid "fail" this -"fail" that - middle school dialogue- who the fahk do any of YOU posers get off talking about dave navarro like that. do you think for any minute that any of you can even come close to touching navarro in terms of style,tone,songwriting, or ANYTHING else? you can not- so shut your traps and go listen to ANY of the 1st 3 janes addiction albums and i dare any 1 of you no nothing beginners to come tell me different. system of the down? youre joking right? cmon- you are all so uninformed i am embarrassed for you. you come on here talking trash about someone who you obviously know nothing about - judge dave merely on his (albeit questionable) appearance and have probably never even heard the body of work he co-wrote with janes addiction!!!! get it together you morons cuz all you are doing is making total asses of your self when what you really should be doing is PRACTICING YOUR INSTRUMENT so that you could be a fraction as good as D.N. as you pathetic little know-nothings say with your limited vocabularies "EPIC FAIL" on each and every one of you who had anything bad to say about dave n. Great rant!!! I am sure 99.999% of the puds on this site listen not only metal, but the crappiest of metal at that. They are pobably so busy dream if the skankbags from evervescant and in this moment and such and listen to screamo bullshit that they didnt even know who navarro is until they posted his pic.
    EXACTLY. bunch of whiny little know-nothing pukes with their pants so low their entire ass is showing -no sense of style-musically or otherwise listening to limp bizkit and other b.s. thats just as bad talking trash about someone they know nothing about.ridiculous how ignorant and uninformed these people are musically.
    mickmarz
    respctguitrists wrote: @ 5 minutes alone You can actually spell "practicing", or the root word, "practice", with a "C". In fact, most of the world spells it this way, the Brits spell it with an "S". Take this free advice,...really know what you're speaking of,..before you speak,...it will prevent you from getting caught up in an embarrassing spot. This is intended as honest advice, not smack,..like I've been reading on here from a lot of people. Try to see the good, and try to give some positive feedback about "music and guitar",..that would be cool. Peace
    good advice but too late.that douchebag already publicly embarrassed himself with that ridiculous attempt at taking a shot at me. cmon-really? what is this english class?you couldnt come up with anything better than that?pathetic. and besides, as already noted- if you're gonna try to correct someone- it always helps if you are RIGHT when you do it.tool.
    jsspang
    I think it is funny that the UG community looks past his guitar playing to focus on another man's looks. Shows you the kind of person your typical navarro/jane's addiction hater is!
    omgbadman
    ...and it's the only band that can put up with your whiney, overemotional personality.
    Mainer
    decent music, underrated guitarist, kinda sounds like a douche though
    Tone Deaf
    And that was only talking about actual derogatory comments, not jokes. Jokes are great. I love jokes all in good fun. I hate my oppinion being discounted because I'm "obviously" some stupid hic like everyone else from the south.
    Kewpa
    5MinutesAlone wrote: F*** that Poser. Seriously UG? You dont have better news? Why don't you try to get an interview from Daron instead since SYSTEM is back now...?
    Seriously? Their guitarist is so uninspired and predictable. They're like Disturbed in that regard; they're talented folks, but their music will ultimately fail to influence future musicians in a positive, constructive way. While some are building up, SOAD is building sideways. Yes, this is my opinion. I hate SOAD, and sure, Navarro looks like a tool, but like they always say(and this particularly applies to musicians), never judge a book by it's cover.
    mickmarz
    Tone Deaf wrote: DanielDrennan wrote: for the standard american, its not. And judging by his lack of proper grammer, he is a redneck. Give him some room for error. As much as I appreciate you pointing out his idiocy, I'd like for people to stop using redneck as a term for people that you want to call "stupid." Don't understand how that's the only hate that /doesn't/ get jumped all over. Make a racist comment? Your ass is gone. Make a sexist comment? Hold on tight, you're gonna get it. Make a derogatory comment towards a homosexual person? Omg, your f***ed. Make a derogatory comment about someone from the south? Well, hell. They probably can't read it anyways. Not cool, as I'm pretty sure myself (and most the people I know) are more intelligent than, and outclass most of the haters.
    was my "idiocy" pointed out at sometime and i didnt realize? cuz what i thought happened was that someone tried to give me unsolicited advice about my grasp on the english language when it is clear that(and probably BECAUSE)this person is struggling with it himself based on his incorrect advice- and the incorrectly referred to me as a "redneck" which also does not apply to my situation. but apparently was the best he could come with. looks like he actually went 0 for 2 to me.
    mojosarmy
    Excellent interview. You did a great job getting him to relax and talk about what drives his playing. Well done!
    snidgie
    I can't take this guy seriously at all anymore after 'rockstar' and that stupid show with Carmen Electra .
    yaronbeery
    it's really weird that it's a bloody guitar oriented site and people here have a problem with his looks. most of the nay sayers didn't talk about his playing at all. and saying "poser" doesn't cover it, sorry. the guy co wrote great song and his band is considered to be very influential and unique, partly because of his playing. i bet that most of the negatives here don't know about his work with camp freddy of spirits in the sky, so i'd rather read more educated post in a serious site like this.
    jsspang
    mickmarz wrote: fahk all of you wanna-be hipsters with your stupid "fail" this -"fail" that - middle school dialogue- who the fahk do any of YOU posers get off talking about dave navarro like that. do you think for any minute that any of you can even come close to touching navarro in terms of style,tone,songwriting, or ANYTHING else? you can not- so shut your traps and go listen to ANY of the 1st 3 janes addiction albums and i dare any 1 of you no nothing beginners to come tell me different. system of the down? youre joking right? cmon- you are all so uninformed i am embarrassed for you. you come on here talking trash about someone who you obviously know nothing about - judge dave merely on his (albeit questionable) appearance and have probably never even heard the body of work he co-wrote with janes addiction!!!! get it together you morons cuz all you are doing is making total asses of your self when what you really should be doing is PRACTICING YOUR INSTRUMENT so that you could be a fraction as good as D.N. as you pathetic little know-nothings say with your limited vocabularies "EPIC FAIL" on each and every one of you who had anything bad to say about dave n.
    Great rant!!! I am sure 99.999% of the puds on this site listen not only metal, but the crappiest of metal at that. They are pobably so busy dream if the skankbags from evervescant and in this moment and such and listen to screamo bullshit that they didnt even know who navarro is until they posted his pic.
    respctguitrists
    To all the "postive" commenters: Thanks for the info, ideas, and interesting insights you bring. I hope to see more "musical", and "guitar-related" commentary here in the future. I'm new to guitar, and have playing for about a year now. I was inspired to play after losing my brother to cancer. He was a very good guitarist, also self-taught. I played drums for 20 years, and somehow never managed to jam with my brother, it just never happened. So Now I play, and I love guitar! I hope ALL the commenters on here enjoy the guitar as much as I do. Peace
    respctguitrists
    And to all the unnecessary negative commenters: C'mon,...Dave Navarro is a guy who can play guitar, and while whether or not he's the "most accomplished" guitarist is debatable, whether or not he's an accomplished "professional musician" is not! He's accomplished what all aspiring guitar players dream of doing, being in a band, making the big time, and getting paid,..and very well. He's done it,..and I've "heard" of him. You should probably be asking him for advice, not bad-mouthing him. Live and learn, Peace
    mickmarz
    mojosarmy wrote: Excellent interview. You did a great job getting him to relax and talk about what drives his playing. Well done!
    agreed. except for 2 things-when the interviewer said "nothing's special" instead of "nothing's shocking" and when he said jane's is a TRIO. (?) since when?
    SLonergan
    mickmarz wrote: mojosarmy wrote: Excellent interview. You did a great job getting him to relax and talk about what drives his playing. Well done! agreed. except for 2 things-when the interviewer said "nothing's special" instead of "nothing's shocking" and when he said jane's is a TRIO. (?) since when?
    Since Duff McKagan left, and hasn't been replaced yet.
    DanielDrennan
    5MinutesAlone wrote: mickmarz wrote: fahk all of you wanna-be hipsters with your stupid "fail" this -"fail" that - middle school dialogue- who the fahk do any of YOU posers get off talking about dave navarro like that. do you think for any minute that any of you can even come close to touching navarro in terms of style,tone,songwriting, or ANYTHING else? you can not- so shut your traps and go listen to ANY of the 1st 3 janes addiction albums and i dare any 1 of you no nothing beginners to come tell me different. system of the down? youre joking right? cmon- you are all so uninformed i am embarrassed for you. you come on here talking trash about someone who you obviously know nothing about - judge dave merely on his (albeit questionable) appearance and have probably never even heard the body of work he co-wrote with janes addiction!!!! get it together you morons cuz all you are doing is making total asses of your self when what you really should be doing is PRACTICING YOUR INSTRUMENT so that you could be a fraction as good as D.N. as you pathetic little know-nothings say with your limited vocabularies "EPIC FAIL" on each and every one of you who had anything bad to say about dave n. How hard did he suck on ur dick for u to say that? btw 'PRACTISING' is spelt with an S when its used as a verb...
    for the standard american, its not. And judging by his lack of proper grammer, he is a redneck. Give him some room for error.
    rebornmaster9
    Sea Ragoo wrote: guy looks like what would happen if jafar and a vegas magician ****ed
    sad thing is, its probably true
    kirk_jr
    yo he needs 2 quit dressing like a girl. 'UG get me a paul gilbert interview
    Dravynn
    dave navarro isnt even close to being one the top guitar players, not by a looooong shot, BUT that doesnt mean he isnt good at what he does
    Im_Broken
    TheHawkdaddy wrote: So basically nobody likes Dave because he wears makeup is what I'm seeing. The guy is a better player than most of the metal posers we hear about today. Try listening to the band rather than look at them.
    i agree, but he doesnt play better tyhan metal "posers" what the shit. Karl Sanders, i choose you! Karl uses Drop A! Its super effective! Dave Navarro faints!
    mickmarz
    Pippers wrote: Love Janes, thanks for the interview. If people are trying to be the fashion police, you got bigger offenders out there than this guy.
    BINGO! couldnt have said it better myself (though i DID try)
    eljono123
    link no1 wrote: 5MinutesAlone wrote: F*** that Poser. Seriously UG? You dont have better news? Why don't you try to get an interview from Daron instead since SYSTEM is back now...? you come here and basicly say this guy fails, then talk about SOAD...they are more fail than the rest of the world produces in one normal day
    ^ Agree. soad = fail
    shaofu0424
    "Perry and I had this house like out in, god, I dont even know where it was but it was in some like really foresty suburb of LA. And we just kind of sat around and like cooked fish and smoked weed and made acoustic music and got really into some kind of bizarre hippie sub-culture." this sounds like athens, ga... just like it in fact... mr navarro, thanks for providing wonderful entertainment and a few beautiful experiences in my life... i will always appreciate summertime rolls... but the redneck thing is mildly offensive... my elocution is impeccable and believe me when i say that i am truly a cunning linguist... ... (in a "redneck" accent) sides, y'all know us web-toes got six fingers on the fretboard anyway... (dave plays the dueling banjo theme here on an acoustic)...
    BIGD2
    Love him or hate him.....what does he do for a living compared to most of us? Yeah thought so..
    Pippers
    Love Janes, thanks for the interview. If people are trying to be the fashion police, you got bigger offenders out there than this guy.
    rahabaha
    I don't think you should judge Dave just on his look on stage. IMO he looks cool, and his guitar skills aren't bad.
    Yoda_is_real
    Dynamight wrote: I have a hard time taking seriously a man who wears eyeliner and mascara.
    Syd Barrett Wore it, I take him seriously.
    NIN1993
    megaluisdeth wrote: Dave Navarro tone sucks when he is playing with Dave Mustaine. He sucks and that's final!
    all you people say whatever you want but
    Mainer wrote: decent music, underrated guitarist, kinda sounds like a douche though
    wow you just said the opposite as everyone else
    respctguitrists
    @ 5 minutes alone You can actually spell "practicing", or the root word, "practice", with a "C". In fact, most of the world spells it this way, the Brits spell it with an "S". Take this free advice,...really know what you're speaking of,..before you speak,...it will prevent you from getting caught up in an embarrassing spot. This is intended as honest advice, not smack,..like I've been reading on here from a lot of people. Try to see the good, and try to give some positive feedback about "music and guitar",..that would be cool. Peace
    mickmarz
    ok- i will be the first to correct myself here- i meant to say "WHERE the **** do you get off..." and "WHO the hell do you think you are!?" only i was tripping over my own words after reading how many 8th grade nu-metallers were talking trash about someone who they should be showing a lot more respect to.and i couldnt find any way to edit my post. (plus i was pretty buzzed )
    yaronbeery
    very underrated player. his work is really diverse and has a lot of elements to it. he's very energetic and emotional player. i love "three days", "jane says", "just because" to name just a few. cheers dave, looking forward to the next jane's album.
    skippy_moogoose
    I remember seeing Janes Addiction in 09 at T in the park,just to be front row for NIN, never before or since have I seen a bigger joke, two old men touching themselves and posing like they were somehow still young and in any way attractive, talking shit and then both the ryhythm section looking so embarrased, the bassist (since departed again I believe) was actually sidling off stage for most of it, and looked painfully at Dave whenever he was posing/touching himself,read: ALL THE TIME Douchebag, full on (Imo)
    biff022
    For having such a small catalog of recordings, Jane's Addiction are/were one of the best ever. Popular radio-friendly hit's with integrity (Been Caught Stealing and Jane Says), straight ahead power chord bashing rockers (Mountain Song), and progressive Floyd and Zep like soundscapes (Three Days, ...Then She Did). Anyone bashing Navarro as a player is clueless. Yea, he's made some bad hair, girlfriend, and social choices, but he's an integral part of the best band to come out of the late 80's by a mile. Yes, better than GnR. But... he gets too much credit within Jane's itself. Those songs were written on the bass, or at least built on basslines.
    vai's disciple
    Solid S/hit wrote: Check out his "spread TV" thing or whatever it is called. This guy is a horrible player. He's down to earth and a nice person however. His interview with Mustaine was great, and he is very respectful and open to learn.
    lmao it was hysterical when mustaine showed him spider chords and he couldnt play them
    TheHawkdaddy
    So basically nobody likes Dave because he wears makeup is what I'm seeing. The guy is a better player than most of the metal posers we hear about today. Try listening to the band rather than look at them.
    link no1
    5MinutesAlone wrote: F*** that Poser. Seriously UG? You dont have better news? Why don't you try to get an interview from Daron instead since SYSTEM is back now...?
    you come here and basicly say this guy fails, then talk about SOAD...they are more fail than the rest of the world produces in one normal day
    Seattle'sFinest
    skippy_moogoose wrote: I remember seeing Janes Addiction in 09 at T in the park,just to be front row for NIN, never before or since have I seen a bigger joke, two old men touching themselves and posing like they were somehow still young and in any way attractive, talking shit and then both the ryhythm section looking so embarrased, the bassist (since departed again I believe) was actually sidling off stage for most of it, and looked painfully at Dave whenever he was posing/touching himself,read: ALL THE TIME Douchebag, full on (Imo)
    I agree with this comment
    NoInnerKind
    Sea Ragoo wrote: guy looks like what would happen if jafar and a vegas magician ****ed
    Hahahahahahahahahaha. Yes. +100000 and a giant bag of cookies. Best comment I've read in a long time.
    kumamilesbear
    He's not a bad player. He may have the fashion sense of a 16-year-old scenester and the tattoos of a drunk douche-bag, but he's a humble person if you listen and read and watch interviews with him, and his ability to play really isn't bad at all. I've seen when he interviews others on his spreadtv thing, and he has an open mind and really wants to learn from the people that he loves.
    nin28
    Dave Navarro isn't a bad guitarist is he now somebody listen to 3 days, 1 of the best solos ever, takes a special kind of mind to create that ...check that, pretty much all his solos, iv seen him live too and hes brilliant
    DrPooh
    Nothings special I really hope he didn't say that in the interview, what a fail..