Dave Navarro Announces His Replacement For Jane’s Addiction’s Tour With Smashing Pumpkins

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro shared a statement through the band’s official Twitter account and named the musician who would replace him in their upcoming tour with Smashing Pumpkins.

Dave Navarro first revealed in May that he had been dealing with the long-term effects of COVID-19. He explained that he had been sick since December and didn’t know how long it would take to get better. His poor health condition had caused Jane’s Addiction to cancel its appearance at Welcome to Rockville in May. It looks like the musician hasn’t managed to pull himself together yet, although months have passed since his illness.

The guitarist revealed on social media that he wouldn’t join Jane’s Addiction in the band’s forthcoming tour with Smashing Pumpkins. The two bands had announced in May 2022 that they would team up for the Spirits on Fire tour. The 32-show journey will kick off in Dallas on October 2 and end in Los Angeles on November 19. Navarro explained that he was very sorry he wouldn’t be able to share the stage with his bandmates due to his long-term struggle with COVID.

Although he had hoped he would recover by October, it doesn’t look like his fatigue will allow him to hit the road. He wanted the fans to watch the original lineup, but he said they’ll have to save their excitement for the next time. However, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen will replace Navarro, and the guitarist is fully confident that his band will deliver amazing gigs. Furthermore, he noted that he’ll use this time to create new material for the band.

Dave Navarro’s statement regarding his absence from Jane’s Addiction’s tour:

“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. 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 lineup, but that will have to wait until I am recovered. 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 & The Damned, just to name a few.

He is a great guy, and I am honored to have him help make this tour happen. 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.”

You can check out the tweet below.