Unfortunately for fans, the chance this time around to see a full Jane’s Addiction reunion has fallen short. The band, which is currently out on the road with Smashing Pumpkins, is missing its iconic guitarist Dave Navarro, who’s been sidelined by a case of long covid.
Subbing for Navarro is good friend Troy Van Leeuwen — best known for his work with Failure, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Eagles Of Death Metal.
Navarro posted on a message to fans on social media, which reads in part:
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.
I am personally gutted as our original bass player has returned, Eric Avery. We wanted to bring you the original line up but that will have to wait until I am recovered.
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 breeding everything to make it a fabulous show! Go get em guys. I can get to a show one night and watch my own band for the first time.
Thank you for understanding,