Almost two decades after Dave Navarro parted ways with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the guitarist reunited with RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis for a unique performance of Lou Reed’s 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side” at a charity concert in Los Angeles.
Reunion at Navarro and guitarist Billy Morrison’s annual Above Ground event at Fonda Theater, benefiting MusiCares, an evening of music also paying homage to Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks and Lou Reed’s Transformer. Initially, Navarro had Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins – who also plays in the NHC sideband with Navarro – and Billy Idol as special guests, but both canceled due to illness.
Needing another big surprise, which Navarro had promised for the event, Kiedis came on board for the special performance and semi-reunion.
Along with Morrison and the full band, Keidis and Navarro took to the stage together to perform a relaxed take on the Lou Reed Classic. The show marked the first time Navarro and Kiedis have performed together since 1997.
Navarro first joined RHCP in 1993, replacing longtime guitarist John Frusciante much to the chagrin of many fans, and ended up only recording on one album with the band, One hot minute in 1995.
After the performance, Navarro posted on Instagram about the very unexpected union.
“It’s been a very long time since I played with my brother Anthony,” Navarro wrote. “What a magical night. Thank you very much for coming and supporting [Above Ground] my friend.”
Frusciante recently joined RHCP, and the group is set for a world tour next year, while Navarro is expected to hit the road with Jane’s Addiction in May for Welcome to Rockville 2022.