As they gear up for the late summer release of "The Great Escape Artist" (Capitol Records) their first studio album in eight years alternative rock pioneers JANE'S ADDICTION were inducted yesterday (June 1) into the historic Guitar Center RockWalk in Hollywood, California with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello giving the induction speech.
"They're a band that could have happened nowhere else and a band that sounds like the city in which they were formed," Morello said. "You can hear the violence, the drugs, the beauty, the ocean, the hope, smog, fear and redemptive power of our city in JANE'S music."
Check out photos from the induction at FilmMagic.com. Video footage from the event can be seen below.
Guitar Center RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock 'n' roll, blues and R&B. JANE'S ADDICTION's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other accomplished musicians and innovators including Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, VAN HALEN, AC/DC, Bonnie Raitt, AEROSMITH, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, RUN-D.M.C. and QUEEN, among numerous others.
In other news, JANE'S ADDICTION rocked the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this past Saturday night (May 28) when they performed at a party in honor of Tim Burton for the opening of "Tim Burton", a 700-work retrospective of the esteemed director's career. (JANE'S ADDICTION, big fans of Burton, asked if they could play in his honor when they heard about the event, and he loved the idea.)
Firing up their pre-single teaser song "End To The Lies" as well as their classics "Mountain Song", "Ted Just Admit It", "Jane Says" and (at Burton's request) "Stop", the band Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney played outdoors in the LACMA plaza, in front of a mural that was a set piece from the Burton film "Ed Wood" and Farrell performed in the Mad Hatter costume that Johnny Depp wore in another Burton film "Alice In Wonderland". Watching the packed show near the front of the stage was Burton, whom the band brought up at the end to toast his special night in front of some 700 attendees, including actors from Burton films.
JANE'S ADDICTION's new album, "The Great Escape Artist", will be released late summer through Capitol Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rich Costey (MUSE, FRANZ FERDINAND, INTERPOL), with TV ON THE RADIO's Dave Sitek on the team. Sitek, best known for his production work on TV ON THE RADIO, YEAH YEAH YEAHS and THE FOALS, is writing, programming, and playing bass on the album.
"The Great Escape Artist" marks the band's fourth studio album since 1988 and its first since 2003's "Strays". A video for the new song "End To The Lies" was released last week. Other tracks set to appear on the CD include "Irresistible Force", which guitarist Dave Navarro described to Reuters as having "some magic captured on it," and "Splash a Little Water", which he termed "kinda ambient and cinematic."