Foo Fighters rhythm guitarist Pat Smear joined NHC – the new group formed by Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, and Jane’s Addiction guitarist and bassist Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney – during their show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night (23 November).
New fan footage shows the group opening their set with I know a place – an original that has not yet received an official studio release – before offering interpretations of their four singles to date – Feed the cruel, Better move forward, Devil you know and Lazy eyes – plus a host of other new originals, ending with a cover of David Bowie Ziggy stardust.
The group teased the addition of Smear to their lineup for the Troubadour show in a series of Instagram posts earlier this week, which show Hawkins, Navarro, Chaney and Smear practicing in the group’s rehearsal space – which is newly decorated with electric guitars, group framed photos and other musical memorabilia.
While Pat Smear joined NHC at the Troubadour – and during their October 2 show at the Ohana Festival Encore weekend in Dana Point, Calif .– Rolling stone report that he has already told the group a “no sweet” to go on future tours.
Hawkins, Navarro and Chaney announced the formation of NHC in September, kicking off with two first singles: Feed the cruel and Better move forward. The tracks showcased the trio’s versatility from the start, with the former being the most powerful of the pair and the latter indulging in more down-tempo arrangements.
The band doubled down with two new tracks earlier this month – Devil you know and Lazy eyes – a cathartic, wah-laced ballad and a more intense proggy number, respectively.
Hawkins and Navarro first met at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995, where Alanis Morissette and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – the musos’ respective gigs at the time – both performed. The momentum to start NHC came when the trio – joined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor – delivered a rendition of Man in the box at last year’s Alice in Chains MoPOP Founders Award virtual celebration.
The band – minus Corey Taylor – reportedly reunited at Hawkins to jam ahead of the performance, during which they began work on new original tracks based on some of Hawkins’ pre-recorded demos. Although Navarro says, “What we got is nothing like these demos.”
Outside of the realm of NHC and Jane’s Addiction, Dave Navarro has recently been active on social media. Earlier this month, the guitarist reached out to a YouTube guitar teacher to correct his lesson in Jane’s Addiction. been caught stealing, telling Matt from Let’s Play All, “It’s actually easier than doing it.”