Kerrang April 1998

Navarro Quits Chili Peppers

‘Creative differences’ force guitarist out of multi-platinum band

Red Hot Chili peppers have been left stunned by guitarist Dave Navarro’s decision to quit the band.  After weeks of speculation, rumours that the guitarist had quit were confirmed last week in a statement from Navarro which reads: “The only way I can describe the parting of ways is as follows- when I was 17, the time has come for me to leave the comfort and safety of the nest; thus turning to a new chapter in my life. As sad as this experience was for me, I found it to be equally as exciting. I knew then that, in my absence, the love my father had for me would be no different than my love for him.

“The only difference I can see in this case is that my father would never have suggested some of the costumes I wore with the band. On a serious note, I will miss the band very much. I know in my heart that the friendships we’ve established will remain forever.”
For their part, the Chilis seem equally determined to maintain amicable relations with their departed guitarist. “This is a completely mutual parting based on creative differences,” insists vocalist Anthony Kiedis, whilst bassist Flea adds: “We had fun and love the guy. We just felt the time was right to pursue other interests. I was honoured to play with Dave for the time that I did. He is an epic and beautiful musician and human being. I’m sure that we will do something together again in the future.”

Kiedis and Flea are currently writing material for the next Chili Peppers album, which is now unlikely to be finished in time for a release this year. The band have yet to announce when they will hold auditions to find a suitable replacement for Navarro. But whoever comes in will, amazingly, be the eighth guitarist they’ve had in just 15 years!

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