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CreationDavid Michael Navarro was born in Santa Monica, California on June 7, 1967 at 12:31pm.
HouseholdHis mother was Constance Colleen Hopkins and his father is "Mike" (James Raul) Navarro. His father's father came to America from Mexico (illegally) and settled in Los Angeles--the family originates from Spain. Dave has lived his entire life in LA--his parents divorced when he was young and so grew up with his mother in Bel Air. There are some things that affect us for the rest of our lives and for Dave that was the murder of his mother when he was a teenager. As for marital status, he has been married in a pagan ceremony and with a legal certificate in a Las Vegas quickie that became a quickie divorce. Dave wed once again in 2003 to Carmen Electra in a wedding proper. Growing up, Dave was an only child. As an adult, his father remarried and Dave gained a brother around October 1994 named Gabriel James. Another brother arrived around late 1999.
[Baby Gabe can be heard crying on the Red Hot Chili Pepper's album One Hot Minute. Dave used to carry a small tape recorder with him and would record things he found interesting. One day recorded his baby brother crying. On "One Big Mob" you can even hear Dave rewind the tape and play it over again. This may seem crude as far as recording techniques go, but some say it fits perfectly.]
TrainingDave started to learn piano when he was 6 or 7 years old. His parents divorced shortly thereafter and the result was a typical mother has custody of offspring while father has designated days. Dave didn't like piano playing very much and so the lessons only lasted about 2 or 3 years. When Dave was around 11 or 12, his father bought him an acoustic guitar at a garage sale. Dave's cousin Dan (of Lowen & Navarro) played guitar and showed Dave a few things. Around this time, while still new to the guitar, Dave was at a skateboard park and could hear what he recalls as being either Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" or "Purple Haze" over the PA system. The moment that he heard that song changed his life. It was then that he decided he wanted to create those kind of sounds--the spark of desire to become "a rock guy". Later he would realize that the sounds he loved where coming from the same instrument he was learning. It wasn't long before Dave started playing electric guitar. This is when he began to practice constantly, to the point where he became isolated from the rest of the world. While still in the infant stages or rock guitar, Dave played in his first band, South Dakota Railroad. They mainly did covers of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.
[Also during this period it can be noted that Dave attended John Thomas Dye Elementary School with Eric Avery and dated Eric's (Avery of Jane's Addiction) sister Rebecca in junior high school. While at Dye Elementary, Lisa Marie Presley was a couple grades below Dave and he recalls the large entourage that would drop her off.]
GrowthDave was at first influenced by the classic rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and then later Eddie Van Halen (for the skill), but in high school he began to listen to darker music. Briefly he listened to metal like Iron Maiden (for the speed--as you might recall he and Stephen Perkins were in a 'speed metal' band called Dizastre and then he moved on to more "intellectual" English music (for the sound). He learned from guitarists like Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Love and Rockets) and Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove) that guitar playing didn't have to focus on skill or the technical side, but rather on simplicity of sound. Without a lot of technique, Daniel Ash can play all sorts of hauntingly beautiful melodies. He is quite skilled at using an EBow and he is most likely the one to have influenced Dave on developing his own EBow skills.
Q: The Banshees was one of a number of bands to come out of England, in the late 70's and 80's, with guitarists who were technically limited but who were very good at creating space and textures. Did that influence you?
Dave: It was a tremendous influence on me, and some of my favorite music comes from bands with guitar players who are focussed more on sound than technique. What happened is, when I was very young I got into Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. As I got older, I wanted some more aggressive music. And I turned to speed metal, rather than punk, because, being a guitarist, I wanted aggression, but also impressive playing. I got burned out and got into bands like Bauhaus and the Banshees. What I do now is a combination of all those influences.
- San Diego Union-Tribune, April 11, 1996
HardshipOne night in March 1983, Dave's usual visit with his father got changed to another date. While he was staying at his father's place, his mother and her close friend were killed by the mother's jealous ex-boyfriend. Dave believes that he too would have been killed had he been home as usual and thinks there was divine intervention that night. This brutal event is said to be the cause of his unresolved "mother issues" and perhaps affection for those things dark, though he has thought about his own funeral since he was much younger. After the death of his mother, Dave then moved in with his father. Dave dealt with the lose through music and drugs and had trouble focusing in school.
EducationDave attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, a private Catholic school. It was while he was in marching band that he met fellow triads player Stephen Perkins. Together they formed a short-lived 'speed metal' band called Dizastre in 1983 with Dave on lead guitar, Stephen on drums, Rico Quevedo on rhythm guitar [worked on Stephen's project Banyan's first album], a bassist, and a singer. They managed to play in local clubs for money but would spend all the money on alcohol though they were underage. Dave didn't do well in school--he and Stephen were well known for their drug use. Eventually Dave was kicked out for "bad grades, long hair, and questionable ties to the LA drug community" during 11th grade. He then enrolled in public school and he never really attended. Thus, his classmates were the class of 1985 and he was the one who didn't graduate. Later he did receive a General Education equivalency Degree. After the education rebellion, Dave eventually moved into his own apartment in Westwood. Incidentally, he lived there the entire length of his membership in Jane's Addiction. At one point, Dave briefly took a guitar class through Los Angeles City College.
Q: Did you learn theory?
Dave: No. I attempted to at one time, but I just didn't have the patience for it. As far as I was concerned at the time, theory meant that I wasn't able to simply "rock out." It was a lot like homework, you know what I mean? I didn't want to do homework. I wanted to play guitar to get away from that shit.
- Guitar One, April 1998
ConnectingDave introduced Stephen to Eric's sister and Stephen began to date her. The myth is that Eric met Perry Farrell through the now legendary "Jane" but they actually met through Carla Bozulich. Eric joined Perry's dwindling band Psi Com as a bassist for one hot minute. They then decided to play under the name of Jane's Addiction. Their drummer was a good friend of Eric's and was in another band at the same time. He decided to leave Jane's for the other. In need of a replacement, Eric's sister kept raving about her boyfriend and thus Eric brought along Stephen as the new drummer. They had a rotating guitarist slot and the one who was there with Stephen quickly left. Stephen then raved about his friend Dave and called him, asking if he would like to jam with Jane's Addiction. Dave had seen them live before and received a tape of theirs. He liked it enough to go to Perry's house and play with the three of them. Dave started fiddling around with a riff from "Mountain Song". Thus, Jane's Addiction as the world has come to know was born in early 1986.
[In 1986, Love and Rockets listened to a Jane's Addiction tape that their agent gave to them. They then invited them to open up for them in 1987 during their Earth Sun Moon tour. At one show, Love and Rockets joined Jane's Addiction on stage. In addition, all members of Love and Rockets contributed to Porno For Pyro's "Porpoise Head". Though originally from England, luckily for Dave all of the members of Love and Rockets currently reside in Los Angeles. Not only did Dave and Chad Smith of the Peppers work out at the same gym as Kevin Haskins of Love and Rockets (and Tones on Tail and Bauhaus, who also did programming for the song "So What" on Kettle Whistle), but Dave and Daniel Ash have also shared the same motorcycle mechanic. Dave has also guest played on a David J song and David J helped to write a song on Strays.]
To put it another way, Dave recalls that Dave and Stephen attended Jane's Addiction's first live show and were members for their second live show (March 21, 1986). However, Dave's memory is hazy about when he first joined the band and sometimes claims it was in 1985 and other times claims it was in 1986. The band had performed more than once by the time Dave and Stephen joined Jane's Addiction. The band had already started recording a demo tape to submit to labels with the previous guitarist by the time Dave joined. Dave used his own money to go into the studio to re-record the guitar parts and was really proud of the solos he created. (The demo version of "Mountain Song" can be heard on Kettle Whistle.) The band started a small local buzz and signed to the independent Triple X Records. They released a self-titled live album in 1987. Once the buzz around town intensified, there was a major label bidding war and Jane's signed with Warner Bros., releasing Nothing's Shocking in 1988.
[The 'alternative' music scene of Los Angeles at the time was a close-knit community and Jane's were friends were several other bands from playing together in the same venue circuit. Among their friends were Angelo Moore and Chris Dowd (Fishbone) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who contributed horns to "Idiots Rule" on Nothing's Shocking.]
SuccessThough there was inner turmoil, things seemed to go well for Jane's Addiction--drawing a large following in Los Angeles and eventually other major cities. They began to have a few hit singles and trickles of hype here and there, but a rift was created when the band signed to a major label and as time passed, the seams were splitting. The members went from bare tolerance to scrapping entire studio sessions. (This is what happened to the first session for Ritual de lo Habitual which was released in 1990.) The drug addiction was consuming much of their time. Perry got the idea to create a music festival, based on the Reading Festival, only it would travel across America. Jane's had become successful enough that the record label gave in to most of the members' requests for the newly created Lollapalooza in Summer 1991. The band requested to have on the bill other bands that had influenced them or that they respected. The lineup that first year was: Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice T & Body Count, The Butthole Surfers, and Rollins band.
"I loved it. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I got the opportunity to play with, basically, each band on the bill, and it was really cool. Ice-T came and sat in with us, and I played with Nine Inch Nails many times, and Living Colour and Siouxsie and the Banshees."
- San Diego Union-Tribune, April 11, 1996
When there were even just tiny rumors of this newly created Lollapalooza, it felt like every Jane's fan knew that they would break up as soon as the tour ended. Dave even announced that he would be resigning from the band at the end of the tour. The night before the tour launched however, Dave tried to end it all in his hotel room. A few days into the tour, Dave and Perry got into a fight that culminated into fists flying backstage. Tourmate Ice-T recalls one time that Dave was so furious, he threw all his guitar pedals into the audience.
[Lollapalooza created a traveling festival that was not just of and for music, as it had international food booths and political tables. The bands chosen to perform on the main stage were all bands that the members of Jane's were fans of. Though there was a second stage during the first year, things like the Jim Rose Circus came about later. Lollapallooza enabled a lot of different sounds and ideas to travel from people to people and city to city. For example, from the first year there was a second music stage with alternative rockers such as Hum and young bands like Mexico's Café Tacuba. The bands that performed often weren't familiar with their fellow touring bands' work and would hang out to listen to them perform--fast becoming fans and friends. There was also wife swapping among the groups. A few examples: Eric played bass on "Kiss Them For Me" with Siouxsie and the Banshees (Siouxsie said Eric's a great dancer!), Budgie (Banshee) played percussion on "Chip Away" (and also harmonica with the Butthole Surfers), Dave and Jane's violin player Morgan joined Siouxsie in the Banshees in covering "All Tomorrow's Parties" (Budgie thinks he and Siouxsie still have one of Dave's guitars), and other spousal abuse (including onstage pileups). Listen to a pre-Lolla clip of DJ Rodney on the Roq ask Siouxsie about Jane's Addiction and her response.]
After the Lollapalooza tour, Jane's played their last shows in September 1991. They did a few shows in New Zealand and Australia (where Dave and Perry got into a fight on stage) and then flew to Hawaii to play their final shows on September 25 and 26. This show is often noted by fans and the press for Stephen and Perry playing in the nude but there is a sweet side to the show as well. Knowing that it was the end, instead of fighting the members actually were friendly and wished each other the best of luck.
"At the last show, Perry (Farrell) came up to me and he gave me a kiss right on the face and said, 'Good luck, man. I love you,' and I said 'I love you too, man. Good luck,' and then we did the show."
- The University Reporter, January 1996
RenewalEric became disillusioned with the music industry after the Jane's Addiction experience, but still wanted to continue with music and asked Dave to join him in a project. They formed Deconstruction with Michael Murphy on drums and recorded only one album, Deconstruction, and one video, "LA Song". Deconstruction was never meant to be a lifelong project, merely a means to detoxify themselves from the bitter after-taste of Jane's Addiction. Due to disagreements, one of them being as to whether they should tour or not (Eric was against it, Dave was for it), Deconstruction deconstructed. It is also suggested that they only had license to use the name "Deconstruction" for one album as another party possessed the copyright. Though the band received little publicity at the time due to the one-off nature of the project, many of those who have listened to the album have fallen deeply in love with it as it reaffirms what they loved about Eric and Dave's respective musicianship.
CommitmentDave had been asked to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers to help them with their 1992 Lollapalooza tour after the departure of their guitarist John Frusciante, but Dave declined because he wanted to be part of a writing process and not just play old songs. Second, Dave had just toured Lollapalooza the previous year and didn't quite feel like doing it again. Third, he was committed to the Deconstruction project. Dave was sought by other bands, all of which he declined, including Guns 'N' Roses.
PersuasionFinally, though, the timing was right when the Red Hot Chili Peppers asked again the following year. Dave was at a jam session with Flea on bass, Stephen Perkins on drums, and Henry Rollins on vocals. Then the drummer switched to Chad Smith. Things were going well and the guys wondered what it would sound like if Anthony Kiedis sang instead. Dave realized what was about to happen and felt like he was being cornered into being asked to join the Peppers again. Sure enough, Dave became an official member on September 5, 1993. At first their musical sessions were awkward so they headed to Hawaii for one month of bonding and songwriting in 1994. Chad and Dave fast became close friends and would work on projects together such as making short film clips for their own amusement. While in the Peppers, Dave bought a baby grand piano and began to take lessons once again because he always envied those who could play classical pieces and read sheet music.
Q: Dave, what do you feel you've brought to the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Dave: I think that everything that encompasses who I am and who I've been in my life has been brought to this band in an amicable way. I think that I come from a slightly different place, musically speaking. These guys are percussive and sharp edged, to use an expression that Flea has come up with, and I'm into melodic and ethereal sounds. And I think that the combination has really worked and given birth to something really new.
- iMusic 1995
Though they had already played a shwo as a rehearsal, it is often credited that Dave's first gig with the Red Hot Chili Peppers was at the second Woodstock in August 1994. He was so nervous that he didn't know if he could play that day. In true Peppers' fashion, they wore costumes with a gigantic working light bulb atop their heads. The light bulb suits were incredibly uncomfortable and Dave couldn't see nor hear. Dave claims that this helped to diminish his fear as he had to focus on playing the song right instead of worrying about his debut as a Pepper in front of such a large crowd. The Peppers soon realized the costumes were a bad idea for stage performance, removed them, and rocked, or should I say funked? For their encore, all of members wore another costume. This time the costume was much manageable as each member dressed as Jimi Hendrix in tribute to the first Woodstock in 1969.
[In December 2000, I saw the light bulb costumes on display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am not sure if they are still there. Of interest to rock music fans, the Casino also has poker chips of bands, including Jane's Addiction.]
AdaptingPerhaps it is odd that a guitarist mainly known for his rock style joined a band mainly known for their funk style. There are fans of both bands who have mixed reviews of the combination. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Music evolves as the people who create it evolve. After the release of the One Hot Minute in 1995 and subsequent touring throughout 1996, the Peppers would talk of how much better they were getting along musically, that they had finally found their groove, and were excited to record the next album with Dave. However, there seemed to be much talk and little show. The band cancelled several concerts and even make-up shows due to motorcycle accidents and substance abuse. Their only live performance of 1997 was in July at the Fuji Rock Festival at the base of Mt. Fuji. The band had to cut their performance short due to a typhoon's fury, though not before first holding out as long as possible and risking electrocution as their equipment became soaked.
[It is ironic that Dave's time with the Peppers are earmarked by playing large festivals that were ruined by rain. Perhaps the heavens were voicing their opinion regarding Dave's Peppership.]
Unfortunately we will never know what the Peppers' second album with Dave would have been like as on April 3, 1998, it was officially announced that Dave had left the Chili Peppers. Dave was going to pursue Spread full time, a side project he had begun with Chad Smith, and possibly due a nano-scale tour, that is, until Chad backed out of Spread. Dave and Chad had recorded studio sessions with various musicians including Flea and Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson). After Chad left Spread, Dave continued to perfect the songs and recorded in New York with Mark Plati. A few years down the road, Spread became Dave's solo project and the songs were released under his own name as his debut album. As so many projects have occured concurrently in Dave's career, it must be mentioned that another factor to Dave leaving the Peppers was the recent semi-reunion of Jane's Addiction at the time.
RecurrenceJane's Addiction got back together in 1997 but as Eric did not participate, they called it a 'relapse' and not a reunion. Dave and Flea had been playing Porno For Pyros, most notably recording the song "Hard Charger" for the movie Howard Stern's Private Parts and the recurrence of Jane's was a natural extension of this, as was Flea's participation in the recording two songs for the rarities compilation Kettle Whistle and the subsequent tour. They also made several television appearances, mostly on MTV, mostly. A film crew accompanied the tour and a film entitled Three Days was released that chronicals the tour and the band members just after the tour. With Flea having a deeper understanding of Dave's history musically after participating in the Relapse, it is a shame that a second Peppers album with Dave was not recorded, although one could say that the circle was now complete.
There was a 3/4 Relapse reunion when Dave teamed up with Stephen and Flea again to perform Jane's Addiction songs (instrumental) for Drum Day LA on December 4, 1999 at the House of Blues.
There was a second relapse/reunion in 2001 with Martyn Le Noble (Porno For Pyros) on bass. They performed on April 26 at Santa Barbara and on April 28 at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. Then in October-November, they did the Jubilee tour across America.
AssistanceIn 1999, Dave helped out the band Nancy Raygun, (formerly known as Swallow), by filling in as bassist for a few shows. Monet sang (his girlfriend at the time), Jay played guitar, and Steve played the drums. During cover songs, Dave would switch to guitar and Jay would play bass. The band played only a handful of shows and planned on recording some demos with Dave producing. Their show on September 4 at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles was apparently one of Dave's last involvements with the band.
SpreadingDuring Pepper downtime, Dave and Chad started a side project in 1997 known as Swallow. As there was already a group by that name, they changed the name to Spread. Some of the Spread songs had roots in a soundtrack Dave and Chad had worked on for a friend and the EP Rhimorse, an unreleased collection of songs Dave worked on in late 1995 while healing from his divorce. The Spread songs were to be released as an album entitled Unicorns & Rainbows: The Pelican. Dave adopted the unicorn as a symbol of the Spread project. The happy imagery of unicorns and rainbows was to be a stark contrast to the contents of the album. Immediately after the Jane's Relapse tour, Dave took the Spread album to his label Warner Bros., but they rejected it and said it needed more work. When Dave left the Peppers in 1998, Chad decided to leave Spread and fully commit to the Peppers. There were several recording sessions and label changes (Warner Bros. to Sony Music under the Work imprint to Capitol Records). At the time, Dave wanted to create his own record label imprint/company named Spread Entertainment, Inc. The company was to release anything Dave was interested in, not just music. Also, Dave was heavily involved with his web site 6767.com whenever he had little to no label support. He recorded videos and released clips of them along with the music on his site. He would also post volumes of Q&A from the fans and some short stories. It was arguably the coolest web site at the time by a major recording artist.
[The soundtrack was for Ugly Meets the People, a film by Robert Sobul. Dave subsequently lost the soundtrack for the film. Rhimorse was recorded at Dave's house in about one week. It was to be given away for free at local record stores. At the last minute, however Dave backed out of the idea as he felt some of the material might be harmful to his ex-wife since the divorce had been the fuel for the project. The two have made their peace and while he no longer thinks the material is harmful, Rhimorse has never properly been released though some of the songs were reworked for his album Trust No One.]
Spread's debut album was supposed to be an enhanced disc that included clips of Against the Sky, a film Dave had been working. The film was a documentary of sorts of the crazy things that were going on in Dave's life at the time along with original music and self-made music videos for the Spread songs. All of this was to originally premiere online.
Throughout the course of 6767.com, Dave had several projects he proposed or started that never reached the end goal. These included:
- the Spread album -- eventually released as Dave's solo debut, Trust No One, on June 19, 2001
- some sort of tour for the album -- Dave played a few shows on the East Coast when Trust No One was released but never played his side of the country
- Spread Entertainment's first release was supposed to be a reissue of Lou Reed's Man Metal Machine
- a DVD of Against the Sky
- a musical collaboration between Dave and the fans (proceeds to go to a charity of the fans' choice)
- live web cams throughout his house with Q&A sessions for the promotion of the debut album a week before it's release or the week of it's release
- in conjunction with the album, a photo booth book was to be released, which was actually a documentation of things that went on in Dave's house for a one year period where every person who stepped into the house had their photo taken in Dave's photo booth -- the book went through several title changes and was eventually released as Don't Try This at Home on October 5, 2004
SoloAs part of the promotion for Trust No One, Dave appeared on various radio and tv shows. His record label also posted interview clips of Dave commenting on every song on the album. Two singles were released, each with a music video. "Rexall" was released on May 18 and "Hungry" was released in September. These are the first two tracks of the album so perhaps the label was a bit lazy in picking which songs should be singles.
Songs from the Spread days that were released: "Rexall", "Hungry" (originally titled "Starving", "Sunny Day", "Mourning Son", "Everything", "Not For Nothing", "Avoiding the Angel" (originally titled "Angel"), " Very Little Daylight", "Venus In Furs (originally by the Velvet Underground)", "Slow Motion Sickness", "The Bed" (available on the Japan release, originally by Lou Reed), "Somebody Else" (available on the Japan release and European single of "Rexall"), and Easy Girl" (available on the European single of "Rexall").
Songs from the Spread days that didn't get released: "Cry Myself to Sleep" (a clip was put on 6767.com and as part of an online article), "Whore" (a clip was put on 6767.com), "Morning Sun", "5 Years Gone" (a clip was put on 6767.com), "Barnyard Dump", "Gentle Guy", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (originally by Cream), "Sparks" (originally by The Who), "Everything (Machine Gun)", and various clips (samples and jams) that stitched the songs together.
["Morning Sun" is often mislabeled in the fan community as "Mourning Son (Reprise)" on a bootleg copy of Unicorns & Rainbows: The Pelican, whose song versions were either leaked from the end of 1997 or from roughly the first quarter of 1998--around the the time of the Relapse, Dave was shocked when an interviewer said he had heard a copy of the album. I believe that "Everything (Machine Gun)" was simply titled "Everything", however I wanted to note the version difference. This other version of the song has a part of "Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix in the break. I am not sure if "Barnyard Dump" and "Gentle Guy" are original/alternate titles to released songs or the rarest songs of the Spread era.]
Déjà VuIn 2002, Jane's Addiction returned to the studio to record another album. Once again Le Noble was fired by Perry and Chris Chaney became the bassist. They played at major festivals throughout the world in the summer. Strays (originally to be titled Hypersonic) the album was released in 2003 and that summer Lollapalooza was revived with Jane's Addiction once again headlining. This was dubbed the "wired" Lollapalooza due to interactive video games and cellphone quizes. The lineup of bands included other former Lollapalooza alumni. At this time, the members of Jane's Addiction claimed that Strays was their best album yet and that Janes is here to stay but there were those that could read inbetween the lines and smell the usual new release press hype. Once again, things dissolved after the Lollapalooza tour and the reformed Jane's Addiction broke up.
ExpansionIn 2002, Dave joined Billy Morrison's side project called Camp Freddy. It consists of a core group of musicians that do covers of famous rock songs with rotating guest singers and musicians. This is essentially a celebrity party band, (rock star karaoke if you will), and their shows tend to be exclusively for Hollywood friends. They have played outside of Los Angeles and on television. An album of covers was supposed to be released in Fall 2002 but that has been delayed as they are still recording guest singers for a few songs.
During this time, Dave appeared on tv several times on various programs, sometimes with his well-known wife, Carmen Electra. Their marriage preparation and ceremony in November 2003 was documented in the MTV show Till Death Do Us Part. Dave continued to work with Camp Freddy, played with a Jimi Hendrix tribute band in concert, and guested with several well known artists: Moby video appearance, David J song recording, Michael Jackson live guitarist, Christina Aguilera song/live appearance, Mariah Carey song/video appearance, P. Diddy video/live appearance, Usher live guitarist, and Michelle Branch song appearance. Dave and Billy Morrison from Camp Freddy co-host their own weekly radio show called "Camp Freddy Radio".
ResurrectionIn 2004, Dave resurrected 6767.com and is very active with his site once again. Dave's photobooth book, Don't Try This At Home, co-written with Neil Strauss, finally sees the light of day and was released on October 5, 2004. The project originally took course between June 1998 and June 1999 and was set to be released 1 or 2 years later to coincide with the release of his solo debut album. After all was said and done, Dave realized he needed much more distance from the time documented in the book before it could be released. The book is a snapshot into Dave's addiction hell and he has since cleaned up his life. The afterward section shows just how different life can be after hitting rock bottom. All book sale proceeds benefit Musician's Assistance Program (MAP), a program that helped Dave to sober up.
RegenerationFrom the ashes of the reformed Jane's Addiction, the phoenix rising in 2004 is The Panic Channel. The Panic Channel consists of Steve Isaacs (ex-Skycycle) on vocals/guitar, Dave on guitar, Chris Chaney on bass, Stephen Perkins on drums. The Panic Channel debuted with a secret gig at The Dragonfly in Hollywood on September 21 using the name The Drapes. They then entered the studio to record an EP while continuing to play gigs all shop for a record deal, all while Dave was also engaged with other projects such as Camp Freddy shows and co-hosting the tv show Rock Star: INXS in 2005. The band signed with Capitol Records and released their debut album (ONe) on August 15, 2006. Songs that they had been playing live and releasing over the internet that did not make it to the album were: Afterworld (Elisam), Ashes, Go On (this was available as an internet download), The Loophole (this was available as an internet download), Punish Me (jam the band did at their first show, might have become a full song with a different title), Someone Else, Start of Darkness, Unholy Ghost.
The Panic Channel channel played several shows and even opened up for Rockstar Supernova after Dave hosted the second season of the tv show Rock Star: Supernova in 2006. Then came the announcements that Chris had left the band to concentrate on family life and Steve was moving to New York. Proclaiming the music industry to be dead and his own band scattered, Dave focused on other projects such as continuing to co-host "Camp Freddy Radio" weekly, his own internet radio show "Spread Radio Live", then ditching "Spread Radio Live" in favor of his online talk show "Spread Entertainment". He also started collaborating with DJ Skribble for live mash-ups and hosting parties.