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Nine Inch Nails Lose Bassist Eric Avery

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Nine Inch Nails have just lost their new bassist. Eric Avery, who formerly played the four-string for Jane’s Addiction, has left Nine Inch Nails after feeling “overwhelmed” by the band’s upcoming tour schedule.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor made the announcement of Avery’s involvement with the band in February of this year, but just as quickly as Avery joined Nine Inch Nails, he’s pulled out of NIN’s touring plans, leaving a vacancy in the group’s lineup. Avery broke the news publicly via his personal Facebook account, making it clear that his decision is a bittersweet one.

Avery writes, “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 L.A., 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.”

Nine Inch Nails fans are now anxiously awaiting news of Avery’s replacement. Stay tuned for further updates regarding Nine Inch Nails and their bassist situation.

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