Dave Navarro

Born: June 7, 1967
Santa Monica, CA, USA

Dave Navarro grew up in a culturally diverse world. Expressing some interest in music, Dave began learning the piano at the young age of seven. He didn't really like the piano, however, and when him mom and dad divorced, he lost interest in it all together. At the age of eleven, however, he began showing a keen interest in the guitar. Hearing Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Chile for the first time was a major influence on Navarro, as he began practicing more and more. As the story usually goes, many artists experience a life-defining moment that changes them for the rest of their lives. Dave Navarro is no exception. His mother and aunt were murdered right in front of him at the tender age of 15, by his mother's jealous ex-boyfriend. After this, Dave went to live with his father in Los Angeles. Seeking some sort of relief from the nightmarish pain he was experiencing, he dove headfirst into music and the L.A. drug scene. Forming various bands that experimented with different sounds, Navarro seemed in search of something to fill the painful voids in his life. Kicked out of private school for drug use and other disruptions, Navarro eventually decided to get his own apartment. Through several chance meetings, Dave met Perry Farrell, and together they formed what would become Jane's Addiction. At the head of the 80's alternative scene, Jane's Addiction cultivated an underground following that was loyal even during their hiatius after 1991, and is still loyal today. Drug problems and disagreements filled the band, though, and they broke up after a serious fistfight between Dave and lead singer Perry Farrell. This was at the end of the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991, and Navarro was extremely exhausted and unravelling emotionally. On the last night of the tour, he went to his hotel room and tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide. Getting out of the band appeared to be what Navarro needed, however, and he soon picked up steam again. After a rest period, Dave joined supergroup the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993. After a smash hit album, One Hot Minute, Navarro was in the spotlight more than ever. But, his affiliation with the Peppers didn't last, either, due to writing differences. This wasn't a nasty breakup at all - the creative energy just didn't jive. Navarro did do a reunion with the members of Jane's Addiction, and put out another successful album, much to the bliss of fans and critics everywhere.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter

1990's Alternative 1980's Alternative

Bands That Dave Navarro Has Played For:
Jane's Addiction (1986-1991) Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dave Navarro Has Worked With:
Flea Anthony Kiedis Chad Smith Alanis Morissette Siouxsie Sioux Perry Farrell

Dave Navarro Was Influenced By:
Jimi Hendrix Robert Smith
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Works Consulted:
Allmusic Guide to Rock Musicians