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Dave Navarro

David Michael Navarro, born on June 7, 1967 in Santa Monica, California. With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia and modern rock, Dave Navarro became one of alternative's first true guitar heroes (with such notorious bands as Jane's Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Peppers). Navarro started playing guitar around the age of 12 and formed his first band South Dakota Railroad in junior high (where he also met future bandmate Eric Avery). In high school, he formed the band Dizaztre with Stephen Perkins on drums and Rico Quevedo on bass and vocals. Navarro joined the band Jane's Addiction in 1986 with Navarro playing guitar, Perry Farrell on vocals, Avery on bass, and Perkins on drums. The band became successful and became legendary in the alternative rock music scene. Personal tensions, however, led to their breakup in 1991. The Lollapalooza festival tour was created by Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction. During his Chili Pepper days Dave also guested along with Flea on Alanis Morrisette's 1996 Jagged Little Pill album. Because at that point he wanted to focus on his upcoming solo project, Spread, and was not interested in recording and touring with the Peppers, and also because the band's chemistry was not working well anymore, Navarro left the band in 1998. He kept working on the Spread album, which at first included Chad Smith from the Chili Peppers. Jane's Addiction also reunited for a few shows in 1997, 1999, and 2001 with Flea and then Martyn LeNoble replacing Avery on bass. Navarro also played bass and guitar in 1999 for the band Nancy Raygun with his then-girlfriend Monet Mazur. In 1998, Marilyn Manson asked Navarro to play a guitar solo for Manson's song "I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)" which appears on the record Mechanical Animals, to which Navarro agreed, earning himself credit for the solo in the album's liner notes. In 2002, Jane's Addiction again reunited and recorded a studio album, with Chris Chaney now playing bass. Following the release of Strays in 2003, Jane's Addiction again broke up in mid-2004, and Navarro has since formed a new band called The Panic Channel with Perkins and Chaney and singer Steve Isaacs. They are currently recording their debut album. In addition to his musical work, Navarro has briefly appeared in two movies, Floundering (1994) and Uptown Girls (2003). Navarro also wrote a movie review column entitled "Movies & Crap" for Bikini magazine with his cousin Johnny (although they referred to themselves as brothers in the column). He has written for Details, Nylon, Ray Gun, and Us Weekly magazines and co-written a photo book entitled Don't Try This at Home. And he has also made several appearances on the television series Celebrity Poker Showdown, playing no-limit Texas Hold 'Em in support of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Navarro appeared on Punk'd with his third wife Carmen Electra after they were both fooled by Ashton Kutcher during a hit and run chase. He appeared with Electra in an MTV reality series profiling the road towards their wedding. In 2005, Navarro served as co-host of the reality TV show Rock Star: INXS alongside Brooke Burke. During the competition to determine a new lead vocalist for INXS, the exposure and success of the show made Navarro's name much better known among mainstream music fans. Navarro is currently a member of The Panic Channel alongside Jane's Addiction alumni, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney. Singer Steve Issacs is also a part of this band. They have finished recording their debut album and fans are now awaiting release. Navarro is also currently a member of Camp Freddy - a band that plays rock covers for the sake of enjoyment. Visit Dave at www.6767.com