Janes Addiction man Eric Avery, who was originally planning to join Nine Inch Nails as their new bassist on tour this summer, announced yesterday via Facebook that he is quitting the band.

The reasons of his departure? Being “overwhelmed” with the number of gigs he’d have to play, his statement reads. The musician says that he’ll now spend his time focusing on his film scoring work, staying near his home in Los Angeles.

The complete Facebook post reads:

“its with very mixed emotions i tell you all that im pulling out of NIN. i know. its been a tough call and i don’t know if its 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.”


NiN, fronted by Trent Reznor (pictured above), haven’t announced a replacement, but they are scheduled to play Fuji Rock Festival in Japan on 26 July, followed by Lollapalooza in August.

[via SPIN]