Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro has defended his old bandmates over their controversial performance at the Super Bowl earlier this month, during which the group pretended to play their hit “Give It Away” to a pre-recorded instrumental track. According to Classic Rock, Navarro told Sway’s Universe, “It’s an NFL issue; it has nothing to do with them . . . the Super Bowl, in order to make their half-times go quickly with no technical problems, they insist. There were live elements, but it’s not really their fault. If you’ve seen that band live you know g****m well they’re amazing musicians.”
- Although Navarro was quick to defend the Chili Peppers, he admitted he’s still not on good terms with the band more than 15 years after his departure.
- He explained, “I’m not really on the greatest terms with those guys personally . . . It’s not a bubbling, deep-seated resentment issue. They do their thing, I do my thing. I don’t think it needs to be fixed. I don’t lay in bed at night looking at the ceiling with a tear in my eye going: ‘Why? Why won’t they call me?’ I’ve moved on.”
- Navarro joined the band in 1995 following the exit of guitarist John Frusciante. He played on and toured one album, 1996’s One Hot Minute, before leaving in 1998 and paving the way for Frusciante’s return.
- Navarro’s original and current band, Jane’s Addiction, will play three shows in Las Vegas this May, where they’ll perform their classic 1988 album Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety.