Guitarist Dave Navarro (THE PANIC CHANNEL, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION) launched an online TV show earlier in the year on ManiaTV.com called "Spread Entertainment" that finds him taking to the role of interviewer.
In a new posting on his web site, Navarro has issued the following update on the current status of the program:
"'Spread Entertainment' is finally moving studios! We are currently in the process of getting into our permanent home here in L.A. We are upgrading the set, the vibe and the look of the show... while keeping the same old 'whatever' attitude. Since we will be set up for good, we won't have to break down the gear after every show which will mean less audio and video glitches on our end. That, combined with the new ManiaTV site, [and] everything will be running smooth and clear for all platforms.
"This week we are doing our first-ever 'best of' show. It's hard to believe that we have done over 25 shows so far. We will be running our favorite clips of past guests, performances and street pieces. Next Thursday we should be up and ready to go at the new venue! I am trying to figure out how to do the new program. Should it still be live? Should we have an audience? Since we have the new place, we may be able to do some live, some recorded and some with a live audience. This may offer a more flexible environment and allow us to book guests and have audiences at different times so we can work around schedules. 5:00 p.m. makes it hard to book people sometimes as it is in the middle of L.A. rush hour."
Speaking to Spinner.com back in June, Navarro explained what prompted "Spread Entertainment". "It came from a combination of places: Going back and looking at 'Playboy After Dark', where Hugh Hefner hosted parties that were on television and he had different friends and artists hanging around, having cocktails and sharing stories," he said. "It was a party environment but a very loose structure. And I've always admired that way of presenting a show. Then, when I was a guest on Tom Green's Internet show, I was introduced to the ability of having content streaming live on the Internet. That was really inspiring just on a technological level. So me and my partner, Todd Newman, got together and started talking with the people over at ManiaTV.com and kind of created this combination of the two schools — a talk show meets 'Playboy After Dark'."
Asked how he is enjoying being on the other side, as the interviewer, Navarro said, "It's a lot of fun. The good news is I've decided that I don't want to be the guy who approaches people when they're out enjoying themselves. It's not comfortable for me — I hate it when it's done to me. The idea is that if people want to be a part of the evening and they want to come down, it's a live environment, there's cocktails being served, waitresses, music — it's a real loose forum. And as far as being an interviewer, I don't walk in with a list of questions, I don't try and dig up gossip, and I don't try and get in areas people don't want to talk about. It's more of a loose conversation as it flows."
Watch the "Spread Entertainment" report from the the Black Tooth Bash on May 17, 2007 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California (where a number of the musicians performed in honor of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott):