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Dave Navarro to sit out Jane's Addiction tour; confirms new music in the works

The guitarist, who has been battling long Covid symptoms, will be replaced by Queens of the Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuwen

Jane's Addiction will launch their joint tour with Smashing Pumpkins, Spirits on Fire, on October 2 in Dallas. But for. The first time ever, they’ll be doing it without guitarist Dave Navarro, who has bowed out of the run of dates due to his continued battle with long Covid.

In a statement released to Jane’s Addiction and his own social media accounts, Navarro wrote:

“To all of the @janesaddiction fans attending the Jane’s/ @smashingpumpkins “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. @ericaveryinsta 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 @troyvanleeuwen 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 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 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.”

Smashing Pumpkins, meanwhile, recently announced a new album, the 33-track “rock opera in three parts,” ATUM. You can listen to the first single, "Beguiled," here.