LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The original lineup of Jane’s Addiction will perform for the second time this year on Thursday amid signs that the pioneering alternative rock band might solidify reunion plans after a 17-year hiatus.
The group will play about 10 songs at the tiny La Cita bar in downtown Los Angeles, bass player Eric Avery and guitarist Dave Navarro said on their respective blogs. The 390-capacity venue is reportedly sold out of the $5 tickets.
It will mark the band’s first gig since it performed at the inaugural NME Awards in Los Angeles six months ago. That was Avery’s first show with Navarro, singer Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins since the band originally broke up in 1991. Avery declined to participate in subsequent reunions, but is now indicating he is more amenable to the idea.
"We never know what the future has in store for us; especially with this band," Avery said on his blog (ericavery.blogspot.net) "But, at least right now Jane's Addiction has a future that one would have to call somewhat promising. We are a great band."
Jane’s Addiction emerged from the Los Angeles rock underground in the 1980s, distinguishing itself from other post-punk groups with Farrell’s sexually ambiguous stagecraft and the musicians’ deft ear for melodic tunes. They recorded just three albums and scored radio play with such songs as “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says.”
But drug-fueled friction led to the band’s demise and the original lineup played its last gig in Hawaii in 1991. The band reunited in 1997 with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea coming aboard as the first of several substitutes for Avery. The last show before the NME Awards set was in December 2003 when the band cut short a tour amid a flare-up of internal tensions.
Reporting by Dean Goodman