Dave Navarro Describes ‘Epic’ Heroin Relapse With Perry Farrell


Former Red Hot Chili Peppers and current Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro discussed the 1997 Jane’s Addiction reunion tour on his Dark Matter podcast on Wednesday. Alternative Nation transcribed some of his comments.

“And for me there was, the second I got into the room for the Jane’s Addiction rehearsal it was like, ‘This would be so much better on heroin.’

Immediately! It was like I walked in the door, oh my god, I’ve got to have heroin instead. Instead of mineral water, this is bullshit. So…”

“Me and Perry (Farrell) kind of stepped aside, (mumbles): ‘You’ve got a guy? You got a guy…’

At the time [Perry] was not sober, fucking twenty [years ago]. This was ’97. So, he and I get high and [Stephen] Perkins just sees it and is like, ‘Oh no, here we go again.’

And then we went on tour with Flea. And that was one of the most epic Jane’s Addiction tours. And one of the most exciting, one of the most decadent, drug-fueled- on my part. I’ve never been that open and out and blatant and obvious about it. And dangerous. And disgustingly, as well.

Still, kind of a great fucking tour. So anyway, we come back from that. And you know, Flea had a really traumatic experience on that because he loved the music, he loved playing with us, but he didn’t love that, you know. And he had a couple of guys to deal with. And I was definitely the worst.”