DAVE NAVARRO: 'I Will Always Remain Dazzled By DARRELL's Playing'

Former JANE'S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro has posted the following message on his web site:

"I never met Darrell, but I will always remain dazzled by his playing.

"I cannot believe how sad the whole shooting incident is.

"Music is important. You know it means the world to me. But in the same breath, it is just music. So many bands break up, do new stuff, move on, sometimes get back together for a while and then keep moving, reunite, I mean, it just happens. Marriages end in divorce sometimes, boyfriends and girlfriends separate, business partners go separate ways.

"I was going to try to list all the bands I could think of that have parted over the years, but come on, that would take forever. As soon as I typed, THE BEATLES, I thought, 'Maybe I don't even have to go any further.'

"Darrell was just playing music.

"I have read that his death was due to the opinions of a disgruntled PANTERA fan. If there is any truth to that, it is just so sickening and pathetic and full of selfish hate on the part of the shooter. So full of self-importance and grandeur. As a music fan, it makes me sad. As a fellow artist it makes me sad. I mean, who did this guy think he was rocking out to when he listened to PANTERA? Was he really just a part-time supporter of Darrell? Could he find the distinction? What a fucked up world it must be to live in where one thinks that everything revolves around him and is about him and for or against him.

"So, Darrell got shot cause he wanted to make music. Because he was happy creating and playing. I am utterly saddened and disgusted. A devastating day for music and for those of us who consider ourselves fans, myself included, because, clearly, on some level, this guy thought we all had this in common. We consider ourselves fans of music.

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life---unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake..."

"Music, our song, our community is our voice. It is by the people for the people, of the people. It is progression, forward movement. The hate is backwards decay into death. We owe it to ourselves to be the representatives of who we really are. The healers. We owe it to the world, because clearly, the world needs to be shown sometimes."

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