But the former Jane’s Addiction man admits he’s not sure if he’s made the right decision.
Trent Reznor announced in February he would be taking a “reinvented” version of NIN on the road, four years after he brought the curtain down on the previous incarnation’s career. The lineup includes King Crimson frontman Adrian Belew.
Avery says: “It’s with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I’m pulling out of Nine Inch Nails.
“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 Los Angeles, on film work in particular. As the tour dates kept growing I just got overwhelmed.”
The bassist had just returned from a year on the road with Garbage, and says he wasn’t happy with the concept of spending 18 months on the road with NIN.
He adds: “Fortunately my friend Trent understands all this, and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14.”
He tells his former bandmates: “Go get ‘em, gentlemen.”
Avery quit Jane’s Addiction in 2010 saying he’d made the move “with equal parts regret and relief.” He was replaced for a time by Duff McKagan, then by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, who appeared on 2011 album The Great Escape Artist. Avery released solo album Life.Time. earlier this year.
-Classic Rock magazine