A half-hour Q&A on guitarist Dave Navarro’s Twitter page inevitably focused on the two bands he’s played in — Jane’s Addiction vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers! — as well as his new TV show “Ink Master” (which premiered overnight on Spike), and a series of musical favorites from Pink Floyd to Guns n’ Roses to Van Halen to Rush to Metallica.
We took one hot minute to pick out the highlights …
What is your favorite song to play live?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on tour?
I don’t have enough characters here
How old where you when your first started playing guitar?
Red Hot Chili Peppers or Jane’s Addiction?
What is your favorite Jane’s Addiction album?
‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’
What is the most exciting thing about getting ready for the new tour?
Playing new songs!
Who’s your favorite band?
What’s your favorite Floyd album?
‘Animals’ or ‘The Wall’
What was the last concert you attended as a fan?
What do think of John Frusciante?
One of my favorites
Did you listen to Rush?
Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth?
Dave Mustaine or James Hetfield?
Who is your favorite guitarist?
Old Guns n’ Roses or new Guns n’ Roses?
How good is the writing in ‘Ink Master’?
It looks great. As though T.S. Eliot was reborn
Here are our recent thoughts on both Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Click through the titles for complete reviews …
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – I’M WITH YOU (2011): Though they often play with a familiar steely aggression, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem nevertheless to be rounding the corner into middle age. I’m With You, the band’s first project since the 2006 double-album Stadium Arcadium, is often focused on departures — of youth and of old friends, perhaps a direct reaction to the exit of guitarist John Frusciante. The longest layover in band history, clearly, gave them time to think. Still, this being the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and thunderous bassist Flea being, well, thunderous on the bass, you’d expect most of these ideas to be buried deep in the group’s trademark whomping frat-boy funk, right? Not so fast. This Rick Rubin-produced efforts ends up as the most layered, complex offering in a Peppers’ catalog dating back almost three decades.
JANE’S ADDICTION – THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST (2011): I’d guess the question that pops up in most people’s heads when they hear the name “Jane’s Addiction” and then the phrase “new album” is more like “still around?” To that end, the album is being paired with an 11-track live album, only one track of which is sourced from the batch of songs from the new material — aside from “Superhero,” the theme from the HBO series Entourage and previous album Strays, the rest is classic Jane’s, to give you an idea of who they’re hoping to snare with this set.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – GREATEST HITS (2003): The Chili Peppers is one of those bands that I resisted. They were getting airplay from Mother’s Milk (“Higher Ground”, no doubt) and I just did not get it. Then Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out. This was the Peppers’ London Calling, their Dark Side Of The Moon (and hopefully not their Frampton Comes Alive). The funk was undeniable: killer guitar riffs and powerful in-the-pocket drumming, all anchored by Flea’s kinetic and soulful bass. So one day at work I’m listening to BSSM and a co-worker asks me if I’ve heard the ‘real’ Chili Peppers. He offers up his LP copies of Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Freaky Styley. Cripes, this stuff is nuts!