Nine Inch Nails lose bassist Avery

ericAveryNine Inch Nails have lost bassist Eric Avery before the revamped band even started touring.

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

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