Six-string skilled guitarist Dave Navarro was most recognized while playing guitar for alternative rock band Jane's Addiction (1987-1991) and California-based rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers (1993-1998). He is currently a member of super group The Panic Channel, alongside former Jane's Addiction’s Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney, as well as Steve Issacs. They have finished recording their debut album, (ONe). Their debut (double) single, “Teahouse of the Spirits / Why Cry,” was released exclusively on iTunes in May 2006.
In 2004, Navarro costarred with Carmen Electra on MTV reality show “Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave.” In 2005, he co-hosted the reality TV show “Rock Star: INXS” alongside Brooke Burke and is now working on its new season, “Rock Star: Supernova.”
5' 9" tall and of Mexican descent Navarro has been married three times and divorced twice. On July 17, 2006, Dave and his wife, Carmen Electra announced their shocking break up.
Childhood and Family:
In Santa Monica, California, David Michael Navarro was born on June 7, 1967 to parents James Raul “Mike” Navarro and Constance Colleen Hopkins. His paternal grandfather was an illegal Mexican immigrant who became an orphan after the Mexican Civil War. When Dave was 7, his parents divorced, and he spent most of his time with his Anglophone mother, a former model and once appeared on the television show "Let's Make A Deal." In March 1983, Dave’s mother was murdered by her former boyfriend. The murderer was finally arrested thanks to the help of America's Most Wanted. Navarro has two half-siblings on his father's side: a brother called Gabriel James (born October 1994) and a sister who was born in 1998. Dave attended Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California.
Dave Navarro has been married three times and divorced twice. In 1990, he married Tanja in a pagan ceremony and in 1994, he married Rhian in a civil ceremony. In summer 2001, Navarro became engaged to model and actress Carmen Electra (born on April 20, 1972) and they exchanged wedding vows two years later on November 22, 2003. On July 17, 2006, Navarro and Electra announced their shocking separation to Star Magazine. On the next morning of the announcement, Dave posted a message on his blog which read: "I just want to say thanx for all of your love and support. I'm sure that you can understand that I wish to keep all personal matters private."
Rock Star: Supernova
After hearing to a Jimmy Hendrix song at a skating park, Dave Navarro decided to become a professional guitarist. He picked up his first guitar at age 12 and formed his first band South Dakota Railroad in junior high, where he also met future bandmate Eric Avery. He then formed the band Dizaztre in high school, with Stephen Perkins on drums and Rico Quevedo on bass and vocals.
In 1986, Navarro signed up with the band Jane's Addiction. He was on guitar, Perry Farrell on vocals, Avery on bass and Perkins on drums. With Jane's Addiction, Navarro released three studio albums, Nothing's Shocking (1988), Ritual de lo Habitual (1990; spawned #1 hit singles "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing") and Strays (2003; produced #1 hit "Just Because"), one band-titled live album (1987) and two compilations, Live and Rare (1988) and Kettle Whistle (1997). Jane's Addiction was a successful and became legendary in the alternative-rock music world. But personal tensions led to their break up in 1991. Perry Farrell created the Lollapalooza festival as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction.
Following the disband of Jane's Addiction, Navarro formed Deconstruction with Avery on vocals/bass and Michael Murphy on drums. The band was short-lived, only releasing one self-titled album (1994) before splitting. Afterward, Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) in 1993, replacing the band’s former guitarist John Frusciante. With RHCP, Navarro only recorded one album, One Hot Minute. Released on September 12, 1995, RHCP's sixth album spawned the hit singles "My Friends," "Warped" and "Aeroplane." The album itself fared well on the charts. It received double platinum and sold more than 2 million copies in the United States. Meanwhile, Navarro also appeared with Flea on Alanis Morrisette's 1996 album Jagged Little Pill.
In 1998, Navarro left RHCP. That same year, Marilyn Manson asked Navarro to play a guitar solo for his song "I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)," which was featured on Manson’s third full-length album, Mechanical Animals. Navarro also worked for Michelle Branch’s second album, Hotel Paper, and played guitar in her first single "Are You Happy Now?" as well as played bass and guitar for the band Nancy Raygun with his then-girlfriend Monet Mazur in 1999.
Navarro released a solo studio album, Trust No One, in 2001. As for Jane's Addiction, the band reunited for several performances in 1997, 1999 and 2001, with Flea and then Martyn LeNoble substituting Avery on bass. They reunited again in 2002 and recorded a studio album, Strays, with Chris Chaney now playing bass. The album, released on July 22, 2003, spawned the singles "Just Because" (nominated a Grammy in 2004) and "True Nature." The album’s track "Superhero" was featured during the opening credits of the HBO series “Entourage.”
In mid-2004, Jane's Addiction split again. Navarro then contributed his guitar skill on Canadian hip-hop group Dead Celebrity Status’ debut album, Blood Music, on their lead single "We Fall, We Fall." Alongside former Jane's Addiction's Perkins and Chaney and singer Steve Isaacs, Navarro later formed a new band called The Panic Channel. They have recently completed recording and mixing their debut album entitled (ONe). In May 2006, their debut (double) single, “Teahouse of the Spirits / Why Cry,” was released exclusively on iTunes.
Adding to his music career, Navarro has also appeared in movies. He could be seen in 1994 films Sexual Intent and Floundering. In 2003, he appeared in director Boaz Yakin's drama comedy Uptown Girls, starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning.
Additionally, Navarro, alongside his cousin Johnny, penned a movie review column entitled "Movies & Crap" for Bikini magazine. He also has written for such magazines as Details, Nylon, Ray Gun and Us Weekly, as well as co-written a photo book entitled Don't Try This at Home. TV viewers could also saw Navarro appeared on the series “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” in which he played no-limit Texas Hold 'Em in support of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
In 2004, Navarro’s wedding with Carmen Electra was documented on the MTV reality show “Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave.” The couple was also “Punk’d” by Ashton Kutcher that same year. In 2005, he co-hosted the reality TV show “Rock Star: INXS” alongside Brooke Burke. He is now working on a new season of Rock Star called “Rock Star: Supernova,” premiered in North America on July 5, 2006. The show also features former Guns N' Roses’ guitarist Gilby Clarke, ex-Metallica’s bassist Jason Newsted and Motley Crue’s drummer Tommy Lee. They are forming the new band Supernova and will pick the lead vocalist in a talent search competition. Navarro has also launched an Internet radio station called Spread Radio Live.