Dave Navarro – Does Rock’n’Roll Kill Brain Cells?

Testing musicians’ memories after a lifetime of abuse. This Week: Dave Navarro

Question 1
Can you remember all the acts you’ve ever recorded with?

“RHCP, Panic Channel, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Sun 60s, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Tommy Lee, Donovan, Dead Celebrity Status, Guns N’Roses, Shwayze, Tommy Lee, LL Cool J, David J from Bauhaus, Porno For Pyros, Janet Jackson… I think I did pretty good on this.”

Question 2
In 2007 you directed your first adult movie, Broken. Who was the pornographic actress who starred in it?

“It was Sasha Grey. It’s about a girl who’s in an abusive relationship, and she goes on a journey of self-discovery, and at the end of it all, she basically fucks him up the ass with a shotgun. Not to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet…”
Question 3
There’s a chapter in your autobiography Don’t Try This At Home entitled ‘Ten Ways To Tie Off’. What page does this chapter start on?

“I have absolutely no idea. I know that one of the weirdest ways was probably using one of Twiggy Ramirez [Marilyn Manson guitarist]’s dreadlocks while it was still in his head. He didn’t mind at all.”
Incorrect. It starts on page 101

Question 4
What was the first Number One single you played guitar on?

“Was it ‘You Oughta Know’ by Alanis Morisette?”
Incorrect. It was ‘My Friends’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Question 5
Your band Jane’s Addiction founded the legendary touring alt.rock festival Lollapalooza. Can you remember where the first ever date was?

“Phoenix, Arizona. Due to a combination of chemicals, no sleep and stress, Perry [Farrell, JA’s singer] and I got into an altercation during which we destroyed most of our equipment and our set was cut short.”
Question 6
In 2006 you were attacked by a fan who wanted a picture of his sister with you. But where were you?

“At my Rokbar restaurant, Hollywood Boulevard. The guy became a little unravelled, throwing bottles and breaking things. We had to eject him in the end. He was only Mark Chapman-lite.”
Question 7
How many bass players have you had?

“Four – Eric Avery, Flea, Martyn LeNoble, Chris Chaney. And we’re gonna add to it!”

Question 8
What reason did Anthony Kiedis give for firing you from the Chili Peppers in 1998?

“A couple of reasons. One was my drug use at the time. The other was musical differences. Anthony says it was because I tripped and fell over an amp while on drugs. I say that he was on more drugs than me at that point. We both had a loose relationship with reality. Who do you want to believe?”
Half a mark, then
Question 9
What were you wearing when you took to the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Woodstock 1994?

“A silver lightbulb headdress and suit. We had these things designed, but they weren’t ready ’til the day of the concert, so we couldn’t practise in them and work out just how awkward they were. It it was the most uncomfortable thing ever.”

Question 10
Can you remember the date of Perry Farrell’s birthday?

“I want to say March 30? It’s March 29! Dammit! I’d say that when it’s a close friend, there’s a 24-hour grace window.”
Half a mark, then

Total Score: 7/10
“That’s good! Listen, regardless of substance abuse, if you asked anybody 10 questions that spanned the course of their career, seven out of 10 is pretty good.”