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Jane’s Addiction Guitarist Dave Navarro To Sit Out Upcoming Tour With The Smashing Pumpkins Amid Long COVID Battle


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Jane’s Addiction‘s forthcoming fall tour with fellow alternative rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins will take place without their guitarist Dave Navarro. A statement from Navarro himself issued tonight (September 29th) outlined his continued struggles with long COVID-19 symptoms.

Earlier this spring the aforementioned musician/TV personality revealed that he first tested positive for COVID-19 back in December of 2021 and has been battling lingering symptoms since. He publicly commented on the matter this past May, after the band were forced to withdraw from a festival appearance due to his health woes.

Navarro‘s latest statement on the matter can be read below:

“To all of the Jane’s Addiction fans attending the Jane’s / The Smashing PumpkinsSpirits 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 line up 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 focussed 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

The band’s aforementioned tour with The Smashing Pumpkins will find Poppy in the opening slot and run as follows:

10/02 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
10/03 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10/05 Austin, TX – Moody Center
10/07 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
10/08 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Casino
10/10 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
10/11 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
10/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
10/14 Belmont, Park, NBY – UBS Arena
10/16 Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/18 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
10/19 New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10/22 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena (feat. Meg Myers) (no Poppy)
10/24 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
10/26 Montreal, QC – Bell Center
10/27 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
10/29 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (feat. Meg Myers) (no Poppy)
10/30 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
11/01 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
11/02 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
11/04 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
11/05 Chicago, IL – United Center
11/07 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
11/09 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
11/11 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
11/12 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
11/13 Portland, OR – Moda Center
11/15 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
11/16 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
11/18 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

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