JANE’S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro recently spoke about how he nearly became a member of GUNS N’ ROSES after Izzy Stradlin left the band over 20 years ago.
Speaking with the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, Dave said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Axl really wanted me to join the band. And we talked nearly every day about ideas and the way the band could work with me in it. [But] at that time in my life, I was just simply not present enough to do it. I had an audition with the band that I actually didn’t show up to because I was immersed in my drug addiction and I just simply couldn’t show up in that shape. But it happened the way it happened. I went on to go and be in the [RED HOT] CHILI PEPPERS. And, oddly enough, [CHILI PEPPERS bassist] Flea ended up joining JANE’S ADDICTION for a tour, and [GUNS N’ ROSES bassist] Duff [McKagan] ended up joining JANE’S ADDICTION for a tour. So at this age now, it’s all water under the bridge and we’re all part of this collective musical family and we all played together a myriad of times. But the degrees of separation with those guys and us are way less than six.”
Dave Navarro may have never officially joined GUNS N’ ROSES, however he did play on the group’s song “Oh My God”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1999 movie “End Of Days”.
Dave Navarro is currently promoting the third “Above Ground” benefit concert, set to take place on December 20 at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California with all proceeds going to MusiCares.