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Dave Navarro, Life and Legacy of ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Guitarist

Dave Navarro is an American guitarist and singer who is popular for playing with rock band Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Navarro who is considered the most creative guitarist has released a solo album “Trust No One” in the year 2001. He also owns an entertainment company and hosts a radio show that is aired every week.

Here is everything you need to know about the famous guitarist Dave Navarro including his early life, career, personal life, and more. Keep scrolling!

Dave Navarro – Early Life

David Michael Navarro was born in the year 1967 in Santa Monica, CA. Navarro was the only child of his parents. Gabriel Navarro, Dave’s grandfather immigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles.

Dave’s parents separated when he was just seven years old. He moved with his mother to reside in Bel Air. As per the custody arrangement Dave had designated days in a year to spend time with his father.

Dave Navarro – Jane’s Addiction

In 1986, Navarro joined the rock band Jane’s Addiction as the lead guitarist. Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins is a childhood friend of Navarro. The band was successful in the initial days however it was short-lived.

They used to perform at small local venues and released a demo tape which was recorded again with Dave’s guitar. The band later signed with Triple X Records and released a self-titled live album in the year 1987. As the band became popular they signed with Warner Bros and their album “Nothing’s Shocking” was released in the year 1988.

Jane’s Addiction band had a fan following that was just restricted in the region of Los Angeles whereas in other cities there is not much hype about the band. Because of issues like internal turmoil, drug usage started creating issues among band members.

They somehow managed to release one more album, Ritual de lo Habitual in the year 1990 however the band started disintegrating. Band vocalist Perry Farrell got an amazing idea to create a music festival that would perform across various cities in the US, dubbing it Lollapalooza.

Dave Navarro – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Navarro was initially asked by Red Hot Chilli Peppers to tour along with them in 1992 which was denied by him. He was feeling burned out and also rejected many offers like the one from the metal band, Guns ‘N’ Roses. He wanted to primarily focus on creation.

In 1993, Navarro officially joined the rock band “Red Hot Chili Peppers”. The band traveled to Hawaii for 30 days so that they can spend time together and simultaneously work on songwriting in 1994. Chad Smith and Navarro became great friends

In 1994, Red Hot Chili Peppers participated in the second Woodstock and later released their album “One Hot Minute” in 1995. Even though there was assurance from the band that everything is ok and all band members are getting along well but the fact of the matter was that cracks started appearing and the band members were getting more involved in drug abuse. In 1998, Dave decided to quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Spread Entertainment

Dave and Chad Smith planned to set up Spread Entertainment in 1997. They worked on some songs and released an album titled “Unicorns & Rainbows: The Pelican”.

But things did not go as planned as Warner Bros rejected the album. Chad decided to go ahead with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Dave started his own portal 6767.com and he used to interact with fans via Q&A sessions. Dave opted for an image of a unicorn head with a capital S as the logo for Spread Entertainment.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol

Dave was not hesitant to talk about his problems of drug addiction. He was very depressed and filled with grief after the demise of his mother and other problems he had during his education years.

He started taking drugs and alcohol to relieve himself of pain. During the initial years of Jane’s Addiction, the band used to discuss their addictions in public forums.

Dave got himself admitted into rehab in 1991 in an attempt to get sober. He also changed his diet to vegan and used to exercise regularly.

During the “Relapse” tour, Dave started taking drugs again and he was in terrible shape. Family and well-wishers were very concerned about his condition and badly wanted him to return to rehab.

Dave Navarro’s Signature Symbols and Numbers

Dave is known for his signature symbols and numbers. He has mapped out tattoos all over his body.

His portal 6767.com concept coincided with his birth date, June 7th, 1967. Also, the sum of 13 (6+7) is the birthday of his grandfather and father.

When he set up Spread Entertainment, the logo consisted of a unicorn head surrounded by a capital “S”. He used to collect unicorns in the form of figurines and stuffed versions.

Dave Navarro – Personal Life

Navarro and Tania Goddard performed a handfasting ceremony as per rituals in 1990 but it was not recognized as a legal marriage. As part of the ceremony, Tania and Dave made cuts in their palms and joined them together. The couple separated after a few years.

Dave married Rhian Gittins in Las Vegas in 1994 however the marriage was annulled in just five days. It was a big setback for Dave and he expressed his pain into a self-pressed EP, entitled “Rhimorse”.

The album was never released but many of its songs were reworked on his 2001 solo album “Trust No One”.

Later, Dave started dating singer/actress Carmen Electra and married her in a lavish ceremony in 2003. Even this marriage did not last long and he filed for divorce in 2007.

The 54-year-old Jane’s Addiction guitarist also grabbed the headlines a few years back for dating political analyst and Fox Commentator Andrea Tantaros.

Going by one of the posts shared by Dave on his Instagram handle, he is currently in a relationship with actress Vanessa DuBasso.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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