Eric Avery Quits Nine Inch Nails

Eric Avery

I sometimes get the feeling Eric Avery’s talent and skill is a crippling burden on him. I mean, it seems like he hates being in bands, that he hates the life of a working musician because he never quite hangs, does he?

For years, he refused to reunite with Jane’s Addiction. When he finally did, he lasted months. He was also in the short lived Polarbear, and released just one record with Deconstruction — an amazing record that maybe should never have had a follow-up, but whatever.

Now, he’s out of Nine Inch Nails because he just came back from playing with Garbage for over a year, and doesn’t want to head back out. He wants to stay at home, and I respect that. I like to stay home too. But I don’t have Eric’s natural gift. When I pick up a bass, I do so jokingly.

“It’s with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I’m pulling out of NIN,” he writes.

“I know. It’s been a tough call and I don’t know if it’s the right one. But I really want to focus on my musical life here in L.A., on film work in particular.

“As the tour dates kept growing… I just got overwhelmed. I just got home from a year of heavy travel with Garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that Nails demands… fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. Go get ‘em gentlemen.”

Eric, if you read this: Jane’s Addiction is one of my all-time favorite bands, and you, one of my favorite bassists. I love your work. I just wish you didn’t have such an aversion to it.

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