The reunited original lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION will perform tomorrow night (Thursday, October 23) at La Cita Bar (336 South Hill Street) in downtown Los Angeles. The evening will be hosted by JANE'S ADDICTION's friend, artist Shepard Fairey, and will mark the original group's first full concert in years.
In an August 2008 interview with Altitude, singer Perry Farrell was asked about the possibility of a full-fledged JANE'S ADDICTION reunion. "There's as much likelihood of that happening as there being commercial space flights," Farrell replied.
Regarding JANE'S ADDICTION's four-song reunion performance with bassist Eric Avery which took place on April 23, 2008 at the NME Awards USA at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, Farrell said, "It was both fun and horrible. It's like having a girlfriend that you have always been in love with and you'll always be in love with but you don't quite get along with. You're still in love with her and every time you get together, you end up throwing food at each other."
A short clip of Farrell talking to Altitude about JANE'S ADDICTION in August 2008 can be viewed below.
JANE'S ADDICTION was presented with the Godlike Genius Award at the inaugural U.S. NME Awards "in recognition of the fact that the band has done more than any other to introduce American alternative music to the mainstream," according to a press release.
Avery did not participate in the band's 1997 and 2001 reunions, with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea, Chris Chaney and Martyn LeNoble all taking turns in the lineup.
Regarding his reasons for agreeing to take part in the JANE'S ADDICTION reunion at the NME Awards, Avery said in a statement, "I've chosen to reject the prospects of reuniting in the past for personal and philosophical reasons. I have always considered reunions to be a way to make a quick buck, and it sells short my own experience of it the first time around. The reason I started to even consider this is because it's honoring the past instead of trying to recreate it."