Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro gave an interview to Appetite For Distortion in which he revealed the way Jane’s Addiction helped him recover from the murder of his mother.
Dave Navarro joined Jane’s Addiction in 1986 after the band’s drummer and his childhood friend Stephen Perkins recommended him to vocalist Perry Farrell. With Navarro’s addition, Jane’s Addiction became successful and popular in the music scene. In the following years, the band broke up and reunited several times, and is currently active in the scene.
Back in March 1983, before Navarro joined Jane’s Addiction, his aunt and mother were murdered by her ex-boyfriend, John Riccardi. He was later arrested in 1991 after being featured on the television series ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ As it turned out later on, Navarro was going to stay with his mother that day, but he went to stay with his father at the last minute.
Following the heartbreaking murder of his mother, Navarro released a documentary titled ‘Mourning Son’ in 2015. In the documentary, the guitarist detailed his mother’s murder, his fall into drug addiction and explained the pain he had to endure in the following years since his mother’s death.
In an interview by Appetite For Distortion, Dave Navarro talked about the struggles he had after his mother’s death. The guitarist stated that he suffered from depression and PTSD his whole life, and he was lucky to join Jane’s Addiction as the band helped him to set goals for himself for the future. However, Navarro then admitted no external thing can fix a deep-rooted trauma like his.
During the interview, Dave Navarro said the following:
“I’ve suffered from depression my whole life. I lost my mother to murder at 15, so I have a deeply rooted history of trauma and PTSD. I was lucky enough to join a band at 17, Jane’s Addiction, and there were all these finish lines in my head like, ‘Once we get a record deal, I’m going to be OK.’
‘Once we get a gold record, we’re going to be OK.’ ‘Once I make a certain amount of money, we’re going to be OK.’ ‘Once we get a certain level of visibility, or I get a certain girl, or once I make it here, I’m going to be OK.’ I’m here to tell you that there’s no external thing that is going to fix the deep-rooted problem of trauma. It’s not about, like, ‘Well he had everything, why was he depressed?'”
You can watch the full interview below.