Dave Navarro pulls out of Jane's Addiction tour due to battle with Long Covid

2 October 2022, 10:00

Dave Navarro performs in 2021
Dave Navarro has pulled out of Jane's Addiction's tour dates due to illness. Picture: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

By Jenny Mensah

The guitarist has shared a statement, which revealed he will not be attending his tour due to his "continued battle with Long Covid".

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Dave Navarro has pulled out of Jane's Addiction's forthcoming tour as he continues to battle long COVID-19.

The 55-year-old rocker has been unwell since December after dealing with lingering symptoms of the virus and says he's too "fatigued" to embark on the 32-date Spirits On Fire tour with Smashing Pumpkins, which kicks off next month.

The news is particularly gutting to Navarro as the tour would have witnessed the original lineup of the rock band, with the return of bassist Eric Avery.

Taking to the band's official Twitter, he wrote: "To all of the Jane's Addiction fans attending the Jane's/ Smashing Pumpkins 'Spirits On Fire' tour, I am sorry to have to say that I will not be attending due to my continued battle with Long Covid that I have been dealing with since last December."

He continued: "I had hoped for a full recovery by October but I am still very fatigued and will not be able to join this leg. I am personally gutted as our original bass player has returned, Eric Avery. We wanted to bring you the original line up but that will have to wait until I am recovered."

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The rocker - who revealed he will be replaced by Queens of the Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuwen - says he will spend his time working on new music and he hopes to be able to attend one of the gigs to see his band play.

He wrote: "While the band is touring, I will be working on some new Jane's material in the studio here in LA. In the meantime, the great Troy Van Leeuwen will be filling in for me. He has been in such bands as Queens of the Stone Age, Failure, A Perfect Circle, Eagles Of Death Metal and The Dammed just to name a few. He is a great guy and I am honoured to have him help make this tour happen."

The 55-year-old rocker added: "Though I am saddened to not make this tour I am focused on making a full recovery and re-joining the guys when I am able.

"I truly wish the band well on this tour and I am confident they will bring everything to make it a fabulous show! Go get em guys! Maybe I can get to a show one night and watch my own band for the first time ever.

"Thank you for understanding, Dave Navarro".

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