UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Dave Navarro, who co-stars with wife Carmen Electra in MTV's latest reality series, " 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave," has a secret to share about the TV craze that's made Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson far more famous than music ever did.
"There's no such thing as reality TV!" the Jane's Addiction guitarist revealed recently. "There isn't. There's what-it's-like-when-cameras-follow-you-around TV, because you're not
gonna be real with an eight-man crew in your house. It's just not gonna happen. So you end up getting the most realistic portrayal of your life with eight guys with cameras around."
Those making and marketing reality TV might disagree, but Navarro, whose "what it's like when cameras follow you" reality show premiered Wednesday, says the experience went more smoothly than he and his fiancee expected.
"It's been a lot of fun," he said. "I saw the first two episodes and it was very surreal to watch a slice of your own life formatted into a half-hour show. We had some reservations about doing it, but it seems cool."
Unlike "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" and "The Osbournes," " 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave" concerns only one facet of its subjects' lives. Cameras only followed Navarro and his "Baywatch" beauty during preparations for their November 22 nuptials.
"It's a trip getting used to the cameras following you around. But the cool thing is that it's a documented wedding diary," the rocker said. "Having said that, there were times they could've hit the road. But ultimately we made a better show."
MTV approached Navarro and Electra about covering their wedding after the couple made "Love Story," which documented their courtship. They'd been procrastinating about setting a date, so the show forced the issue.
"Thanks to MTV, we can give our kids a DVD package about how their parents met and wed," Navarro joked. "And maybe MTV can document our childbirth. I got some making-of home footage, then I think we're gonna do some kind of C-section delivery, so perhaps MTV can come in and shoot that.
"I know what I'm saying," he added. "Believe me, I'm a marketing genius."
Besides reality TV, Navarro said Jane's Addiction are contemplating a spring tour and releasing "The Riches" as the third single from Strays. However a Capitol Records spokesperson said the band is taking a needed break.
Navarro would like to see the band record another album if Jane's take the spring off from the road.
"Since we've been on tour a year with a solid lineup, we're a much tighter unit and the songwriting will go much more smoothly," he said. "For Strays, we basically got back together, went into the studio for nine months and wrote it there. That's an expensive and arduous way to make a record. This time I'd like to see us get together in a rehearsal room, write the songs top to bottom and then record them in four to six weeks."
Depending on what happens with the band, Navarro would also like to record another solo album soon. "I love doing solo records," he said. "It's a challenge and a lot of fun for me and something I certainly intend to do."
Then there's Navarro's other group, Camp Freddy, a cover band featuring Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch, the Cult's Billy Morrison and Scott Ford.
"We're playing a Maxim Super Bowl party in Houston," Navarro said. "You heard it here first."
For more on the show, check out the “'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave"site.