This Day In Music 25.04.2016
Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery, turns 51 today, happy birthday!
Eric Adam Avery was born in Los Angeles, California, on April 25, 1965.
He is probably best known as one of the co-founders of the Alternative-metal band Jane's Addiction. Avery played in Jane's Addiction initially from the beginning in 1985 to its first end 1991, and rejoined the group in 2008 before departing again in 2010.
Jane's Addiction – Jane Says (from Jane's Addiction, 1987)
Avery embarked on a number of projects after the breakup of the band in 1991, such as co-founding Deconstruction with fellow Jane's Addiction alum Dave Navarro and starting his own band, Polar Bear, in 1994. After auditioning for a spot in Metallica following the departure of former bassist Jason Newsted, Avery began concentrating on a solo career. His debut album, “Help Wanted”, was released in April 2008 and a second in 2013 called “Life.Time.”
Eric Avery – Belly Of An Insect
Polar Bear – Water (from Chewing Gum, 1996's EP)
On February 25, 2013, Trent Reznor named Avery as the new touring bassist of Nine Inch Nails.
Avery has singled Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order as his major influence on bass playing, considering that British bassists were deeper with the instrument as "American rock bass is Kick drum, it's just kick drum and then the root note of what the guitar player is doing."
Reflecting on his life, Avery recalls misunderstanding Jane’s Addiction’s early financial success for proof that if you follow your creative intuition that others will too. He states, “As a band, we did many things that would be perceived as bad business ideas, but we made money anyway. One of the enduring strengths of our diminishing legacy is that we were, during that first run many years ago, truly what people thought we were — free creative spirits. We could have made considerably more money if this had not been the case.”
Read Avery’s entire June 2015's piece at The Talkhouse.