JANE'S ADDICTION appear to have split up again, according to an online statement posted jointly by bandmates Dave Navarro (guitar), Stephen Perkins (drums) and Chris Chaney (bass).
"We know we can't avoid this anymore so we will give it our best shot," the statement reads. "What's the deal? The deal is that it simply didn't work out. Sometimes things just don't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now. We really don't know. We do know that we really gave it everything we had this time and we actually made a really great record after so many years of silence. That was definitely a great thing and we are all proud of it. We were able to do a lot of shows and travel and see the world again. We had some amazing times. Why didn't it work out? So many reasons. Some of them over 15 years old, some of them new and none of them worth mentioning. Maybe we are just a volatile combination. Maybe that is why we were so great. The bottom line is that we are all extremely creative and motivated people and I know we will all continue to create and work on many different projects.
"After 20 years, just like in any relationship, you have your highs and lows and some amazing memories that can never be replaced. We were able to create great music together, and for that... We feel blessed. But sometimes relationships don't work, no matter how much time or energy you put into them... and at that point... you realize it is healthier to go your separate ways than to keep trying to recreate the magic of the early years. Sometimes people grow apart in the relationship, it is nobody's fault really... just a fact of life... an inevitable creative dissolution. Sometimes the best creative relationships are the most combustible and they aren't meant to last forever.
"We know this doesn't answer all of your questions, but hopefully it answers some of them. We would personally like to say, "thank you" for all of the love and support you have shown us over the years, we greatly appreciate it and we love you."
In a separate post, Navarro reveals that the three musicians have begun collaborating with a singer named Steve Isaacs. "Steve, or 'Spooky' as we call him to differentiate between the Steve (s) problem, is a terrific guy and very talented singer who used to be in a band called SKYCYCLE," Navarro writes. "Due to the bleak nature of the industry, he was unable to release the great record he made for MCA. I first met him in 1991 at an MTV awards show. I later met him while he was performing as 'Tommy' when Pete Townsend took his rock opera on Broadway. Steve killed it man, it was truly amazing. Fortunately I was able to get reacquainted with him this year (he was a pivotal coach for me at the 'Celebrity Poker Showdown' thing... where, I really should have listened to him) and the music just started flowing. We have all had such a great time. We have been writing and recording demos for a couple of weeks with my dear friend Danny Saber at the console."
JANE'S ADDICTION's first new studio album since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual", "Strays" was released in July 2003 and has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The CD was produced by Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, KISS, LOU REED) at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M Studios) in Los Angeles and features founding members Navarro, Perkins and Perry Farrell (vocals).