Well that was fast. The reformed Nine Inch Nails haven’t even played a show yet, and they’ve already lost a band member. This time around, it’s former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery.
Avery (who has also been touring with Garbage this past year) revealed via Facebook that he was stepping away from Nine Inch Nails, stating that he became “overwhelmed” as the tour started to grow (now including Lollapalooza and Budweiser Made In America festival appearances). Here’s exactly what he had to say about his sudden departure:
“It’s with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I’m pulling out of NIN. 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 la, 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.”
While Nine Inch Nails has yet to officially address Avery’s split, Trent Reznor did retweet the bassist’s post about his decision via Twitter. No word on who will replace Avery on bass, though considering their first date isn’t till July Naeba, Japan, NIN certainly have time.