In the late 80’s, Dave Navarro formed Jane’s Addiction with Perry Farrell. The widely imitated and influential band was the first successful alternative rock act, and in its five-year career released three platinum-selling albums, was nominated for three Grammy Awards and started the Lollapalooza tour. After the group broke up, Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he performed at Woodstock ’95 and released the platinum-selling One Hot Minute album. In addition, he has played guitar on albums by Alanis Morissette, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Donovan, Porno for Pyros, 4 Non Blondes, Sun 60 and his cousin’s band, Lowen and Navarro. He has remixed music for Janet Jackson, Jamiroquai and Traci Lords. He also released an album for Warner Brothers with Eric Avery (of Jane’s Addiction) as Deconstruction. In 1998, he reunited with Jane’s Addiction for a successful tour and album. He recently co-produced a documentary film, “Three Days,” about the tour and is currently on the road for Jane’s reunion number two.
His music has appeared in the films “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” “Basketball Diaries,” “Alien Nation” and “Howard Stern’s Private Parts,” which featured two songs, one a collaboration with L.L. Cool J and the other with Porno for Pyros. He has appeared several times on the covers of Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Guitar Player and other magazines, and seems to be a favorite on MTV.
In addition to music, Navarro has worked as a model — appearing on Gap television commercials, in a Calvin Klein print campaign and in an Anna Sui runway show. As a writer, he has had columns in Details, US, Bikini and Raygun magazines. As an actor, he appeared in the film “Floundering.” He has directed several short films and videos, which will appear in some form on a future CD release. And his photographs, paintings and sculptures have been featured in several gallery shows and auctions.