Jane’s Addiction a Rock/Heavy Metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1986 of the ashes of front-man Perry Farrell’s previous band, Psi-Com, over the years, Jane’s Addiction has often been compared to iconic ’70s rockers Led Zeppelin.
The band has been influenced by a number of genres, including Punk, Gothic Rock, Heavy Metal, Funk, Groove Metal and Psychedelic Rock. The front man "Perry Farrell" once described the band as a cross between Duke Ellington and Bad Brains. The band’s name refers to Jane Bainter, a now ex-heroin addict, who was a housemate of the band.
Having split up in 1991, but briefly returning to tour in 1997 and subsequently vanished shortly thereafter.
Although Jane’s Addiction only released three albums, two studio albums and one live, the effect they had on the world of Rock and Alternative music scenes was massive.
They became the poster children for a new wave of artful and thoughtful rockers who were eschewing the confinements of commercial rock music and stretching to express themselves both musically and theatrically. In their hey-day, Farrell created Lollapalooza, the alternative rock festival that revolutionized the North American concert promotion world by bringing together an ecclectic mix of musicians, exhibitors, and attractions for a high energy weekend of music and Alternative Lifestyles.
The band members followed other projects during the 1990s. Farrell and Perkins formed the band Porno For Pyros which had limited success, but had a huge underground/cult following.
Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, filling in for John Frusciante who had left the band to pursue his own solo projects, he lasted one album for Red Hot Chili Peppers, the 1995’s One Hot Minute, but a combination of poor sales and what was referred to as ‘creative differences’ ( this was possibly Navarro jokingly commenting that the Chili Peppers were “his band now”) resulted in Navarro being fired from the band shortly afterward.
Since the Break Up
Since the days of break ups, side projects and reforms, Jane’s Addiction have managed some other moments, including;-
- The official reunion in 2001, even though they did split up again in 2004.
- The 2003 extensive worldwide touring in support of Strays, including, a homecoming of sorts, a summer headliner slot in a reincarnated Lollapalooza US tour.
- April 2008 and the original lineup reunited for the first time for a performance at the "NME Godlike Genius" Award show.
- Navarro, Perkins, and Chaney have since formed a new band, The Panic Channel, with singer Steve Isaacs. They released their debut album (ONe) on August 15th 2006. Perry Farrell has also moved onto a new project entitled The Satellite Party and unveiled material at Lollapalooza 2005.
- In the late 2000's photos of Jane’s Addiction members, taken by Trent Reznor, appeared on the Nine Inch Nails official web site, leading to speculation that Reznor could be helping Jane’s Addiction record new material. Reznor subsequently posted a blog entry announcing that Jane’s Addiction would accompany Nine Inch Nails on their summer 2009 tour, which kicked off on May 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
- As of March 31, 2010, the long-rumored news became true: Duff McKagan is officially the fourth member and bassist of Jane’s Addiction, who are currently in the studio working on a new album. The news was reported by Dave Navarro on his Twitter page.
- 2013, they're supporting Alice in Chains on a large scale tour.
Maybe it is a short list, but they influenced so many.
1) Jane’s Addiction (1987)
2) Nothing's Shocking (1988)
3) Ritual de lo habitual (1990)
4) Strays (2003)
5) The Great Escape Artist (2011)
Members Name Check
- Perry Farrell – lead vocals (1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
- Dave Navarro – lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, piano (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
- Stephen Perkins – drums, percussion (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)
- Chris Chaney – bass (2002–2004, one-off appearances in 2009 & 2010, 2011–present)
- Eric Avery – bass (1985–1991, 2008–2010)
- Martyn LeNoble – bass (2000–2002)
- Duff McKagan – bass (March–September 2010)
- Matt Fanuka - guitar (1985)
- Chris Brinkman - guitar (1985-1986)
- Mark Pritchard - guitar (1986)
- Ed Dobrydnio - guitar (1986)
- Matt Chaikin - drums (1985-1986)
- Flea – bass (1997), trumpet (1987)