Eric Avery

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Eric Avery
Eric Avery and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, Chula Vista 2009.jpg
Eric Avery (left) and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEric Adam Avery
Born (1965-04-25) April 25, 1965 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, US
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, synthesizer, piano, vocals
Years active1985–present
LabelsWarner Bros., EMI/Capitol
Associated actsJane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Deconstruction, Polar Bear, Garbage, Alanis Morissette

Eric Adam Avery (born April 25, 1965) is an American musician. He is best known as the former bass guitarist and co-founding member of 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.

He began playing with Garbage in 2005, a role that he still keeps. He has recorded two studio albums with Garbage and a live DVD.

Briefly, he was also a member of Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Biography[edit]

Eric Avery was born in Los Angeles, California. His father is the actor Brian Avery, perhaps best known for playing Carl Smith (who Dustin Hoffman famously keeps from marrying Katharine Ross) in The Graduate.

Avery and Dave Navarro met as classmates at St. Paul the Apostle Grammar School in West Los Angeles, a Catholic parochial school founded by the Paulist Father. Eric went on to St. Monica High School of Santa Monica, California, and Dave Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Dave was classmates at Notre Dame with Stephen Perkins. Stephen met Eric's sister, Rebecca Avery, and they dated. Rebecca suggested that Eric and Perry Farrell audition Stephen as the drummer for Jane's Addiction after Perry and Eric cofounded the band.

Avery kept a fairly low profile after the first demise of Jane's Addiction, participating in the Deconstruction project with Navarro immediately after Jane's Addiction's breakup, but initially declining invitations for Jane's reunions. "I've asked him," said Farrell before 2001's Jubilee Tour, "but he says he wants no part of it. What else can you say but, Good luck to ya?"[1]

Avery has recorded tracks for, toured with and briefly dated Alanis Morissette, as well as creating another side project, Polar Bear, in 1994. He was once suggested as the replacement bassist for Tool by former Jane's Addiction and then-current Tool manager Ted Gardner. Eric declined the invitation, saying he wanted to concentrate on Polar Bear.

As seen in the film Some Kind of Monster, Avery auditioned for Metallica, after the departure of bassist Jason Newsted. The role didn't quite fit Avery and the band went with Ozzy Osbourne and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo. Avery toured with the band Garbage to promote 2005's Bleed Like Me.[2] Avery has also performed with Peter Murphy, on tour and on 2004's Unshattered.[3]

Avery worked briefly with the revived Smashing Pumpkins, but ultimately did not join the band. He was not paid for his work, but said the sessions were a lot of fun: "I went into [the Pumpkins] with the same mentality I took with me when I auditioned for Metallica – I expected to have a good story to tell my wife. I had no expectations. I had heard nothing but bad things about working with Billy, but I went, and I found it to be a really inspiring time."[2] Billy Corgan ended up playing bass on what would become 2007's Zeitgeist and hired Ginger Reyes for live performances.

In 2007, he contributed original music to the feature film documentary The 11th Hour. He also released his debut solo album Help Wanted in April 2008 through Dangerbird Records.

He finally performed with Jane's Addiction – for the first time since 1991 – at the NME Awards in 2008. Jane's played secret club shows in October and November 2008.[4] On March 19, 2009, at South by Southwest Music festival in Austin, the quartet performed a 45-minute set at an abandoned Safeway grocery store.

Jane's Addiction's official website was updated in February 2009 stating that there was to be another club show soon. Photos of Avery, Perkins and Navarro, taken by Trent Reznor, appeared on Nine Inch Nails' official site, which led to speculation that Reznor was helping Jane's record new material.[4] The relationship led to the booking of the "NIN/JA" (Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction) tour, on which Avery played, and which evoked the first Lollapalooza tour of 1991, starring Jane's and Nine Inch Nails.

On March 1, 2010, after a 10-date rescheduled tour in Australia, Avery stated on his Twitter page: "the janes addiction experiment is at an end." Rumors were already spreading around a few weeks before, as Duff McKagan was said to be the new bassist for Jane's, but Avery had kept his position for the remaining few dates of the 2009/2010 tour.

In February 2012, Justin Meldal-Johnsen commented on the talkbass.com forum that Avery would be joining Garbage on their upcoming tour.[5] In early May 2012 Garbage uploaded a video from their rehearsal, performing the song "Battle in Me", with Avery playing bass.[6] Avery has since performed in the two Garbage tours that followed, the band's 20th anniversary tour[7] and the one for the album Strange Little Birds, in which Avery plays bass in six tracks.[8]

Avery released his second solo album, entitled LIFE.TIME., on February 15, 2013.

On February 25, 2013, Trent Reznor named Avery as the new touring bassist of Nine Inch Nails. Avery was slated to perform in the Twenty Thirteen Tour from Summer 2013 into 2014, but announced his withdrawal on May 15, 2013, stating that after a year travelling with Garbage he did not feel like going on another extended tour.[9][10]

Style[edit]

A self-taught bassist, Avery has singled Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order as his major influence on bass playing,[11] 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." In Jane's Addiction, Avery stated that in the early phases the basslines would end up as a replacement rhythm guitar, "sort of built on that so Dave can riff on it and Stephen also can riff on it". On his solo career, Avery only played the bass at the final stages of Help Wanted, instead "focused on gadgets and keyboards and guitars and vocals and lyrics and other things like that". While playing with Garbage, Avery was for the first time "playing a more traditional bass role in a rock band" as his bass would only try to match Butch Vig's drumming.[12]

John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers stated on the Stadium Arcadium commentary that his guitar playing style is majorly influenced by Avery's spacious and heavily melodic playing.

Selected Discography[edit]

Jane's Addiction[edit]

Deconstruction[edit]

Garbage[edit]

Peter Murphy[edit]

Polar Bear[edit]

Solo career[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halbert, James (August 2001). "Nasy habits". Classic Rock. No. 30. p. 60.
  2. ^ a b "Jane's Addiction Ex-Bassist Eric Avery Recovers With Solo LP, Calls Billy Corgan 'Inspiring'". mtv.com. Viacom. May 2, 2007. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ "Unshattered Toursite". Petermurphy.info. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  4. ^ a b "Home : Jane's Addiction". Janesaddiction.com. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  5. ^ ""Garbage tour" JMJ Forum". Talkbass.com. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Garbage – "Battle in Me" rehearsal footage". Youtube.com. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Ex-Jane’s Addiction Bassist Eric Avery Returns As Garbage’s Bassist
  8. ^ Garbage Album Features Two Guest Bassists
  9. ^ "Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Eric Avery - Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Eric Avery: Reverse Engineering
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-30.

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