Jane’s Addiction featured in this month’s Music Connection

Jane’s Addiction is featured in this month’s issue of Music Connection.  The band discusses a number of things surrounding the development of their forthcoming album, The Great Escape Artist, including getting back together with Eric Avery, Trent Reznor and Duff McKagan’s brief stint in the band.  It’s an interesting read.  You can check out the entire issue online for free at MusicConection.com.

NME: Dave Sitek joins Jane’s Addiction for new album

NME is reporting that Dave Sitek is playing bass on Jane’s Addiction’s upcoming new album:

Dave Sitek joins Jane’s Addiction for new album
TV On The Radio man replaces Duff McKagan on four-string duties

January 4, 2011

TV On The Radio mainman and producer Dave Sitek is to help write and play bass on ‘s new album.

Sitek replaces former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, the band confirmed to Spinner. McKagan had been due to play on the follow up to 2003’s ‘Strays’. He left during the early stages of recording, citing “creative differences”.

It seems unlikely that Sitek will tour with the band, however. When Jane’s Addiction played a New Year’s Eve show in Aspen, Colorado, Chris Chaney, a former full-time member of the band, played bass.

Aside from the revolving doors of potential bass players, little is known about the forthcoming Jane’s Addiction album. The only comment about the record from frontman Perry Farrell has been to say that he and his bandmates are “fully immersed in the process of making modern music. It has been a great experience thus far, and the results have so much potential”.

Muse and Glasvegas producer Rich Costey has been confirmed to produce the album.

Sitek has produced albums for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and most recently Holly Miranda. He is also a founding member of TV On The Radio, and released his own solo album under the Maximum Balloon name last September.

Another New Bassist Already Lined Up?

As we reported yesterday, Duff McKagan has left Jane’s Addiction.  Duff spent the last month recording a new album with his band Loaded, and maybe the rest of the guys knew what was coming.  Today Perry posted the following on his Facebook page:

I met with an inspiring fellow tonight. Someone whom I admire for his creativity, and off beat genius. We listened to passionate music together. I found myself aroused… I can’t tell you who he is. He recommended we listen to Henrik Gorecki The 3rd symphony w/ Dawn Upshaw singing. It overcame me…

Does the band already have someone in mind to fill this important vacancy in the band?  It sounds like it:

I love Rich Costey. We are about to add a new collaborator to our team that I met with tonight. This person is a genius, and an getting lasix innovator. I will tell more in 10 days time…

Duff McKagan Leaves Jane’s Addiction

Duff McKagan, who joined Jane’s Addiction six months ago, has left the band apparently to focus on his band Loaded. Yesterday, Perry posted the following on Twitter:

Jane’s wishes Duff much luck with his band Loaded. What a fun time we all had working together. Look out for his record and tour this fall.

The following is from NME:

Duff McKagan has left Jane’s Addiction after spending six months as part of the band.

The departure of the bassist, who was in Guns N’ Roses from 1985 to 1998, was announced via an email from the band to fans, reports ABC News.

“We wanted to thank Duff for helping us write songs for our new record,” the band wrote. “We love the songs we worked on with him – and the gigs were a blast – but musically we were all headed in different directions. From here Duff is off to work on his own stuff so we wish him gabapentin all the best.”

McKagan had worked on Jane’s Addiction’s forthcoming new album, which will be their first in seven years, and had played some shows with them.

McKagan joined the set-up when he replaced Eric Avery, who left Jane’s Addiction last March.

Cinco de Mayo Jane’s Addiciton Style (Pt. 2)

This is part 2 in a 4 part article series about our trip out to L.A. to see Jane’s Addiction. Sorry for the delay in posting this.  Look for part 3 sometime tomorrow.

Mike and I were introduced to the guy who runs The Bardot, a nice guy who gets us some free drinks. He mentions that he wants to help get the hardcore Jane’s fans into the VIP section right up by the stage and mentions the possibility of us getting to pull a few fans that we know into the VIP section.  Unfortunately that didn’t pan out, and I am guessing it was in the end due to the VIP section being pretty full with the regular guests.  We’d really hoped to get Barton in there with us, as he is pretty much as old school of a Jane’s fan as you can get. He was still able to secure a spot right up by Duff. So in the end it all worked out. Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Jane’s Addiction Style (Pt. 1)

This is part 1 in a 4 part article series about our trip out to L.A. to see Jane’s Addiction.  We’re posting one part per day over the next four days.

How do two guys who live near the Great Lakes get out to Los Angeles to see Jane’s Addiction?  By going to North Carolina of course!  Well, that’s at least what Mike and I did.  We met up at the airport in Charlotte, NC for our flight to LAX.  Thanks to a little bit of seat switching, Mike and I were able to sit together.  We were both groggy from lack of sleep, but we were excited at what the day would bring.   We had five and a half hours to talk Jane’s and make our plans for our two-day adventure in L.A.  Of course not all our plans would work out, but neither of us is complaining.  This was the start of an amazing journey.
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Jane’s Addiction at Guitar Center in 3D

Thursday evening, Jane’s Addiction recorded an appearance for the upcoming TV series Guitar Center Sessions, a high-definition 3D television series for DirecTV.  This included the band performing a handful of songs and doing a Q&A with the show’s host.  The band discussed their roots, their past break ups, the addition of Duff McKagan, writing new songs, and much more.   The live performances included semi-acoustic versions of Ain’t No Right, Been Caught Stealing, Jane Says, and the introduction of a new song titled Broken People.  If that weren’t enough, after the band finished playing Been Caught Stealing, Dave asked Perry “do you remember this one…” and broke into the classic song City, which Perry joined right in on.  This marks the first time since 1988 that the guys performed this song.

This session was an extremely intimate performance in front of approximately 30 people, and to our own amazement, included JanesAddiction.org’s own Mike and myself .  After the performance, we were able to watch the playback in 3D, which was truly amazing.  We’re not sure when this episode will air, but as soon as we know, we will let you know.

Cinco de Mayo at the Bardot in Hollywood

According to the Consequence of Sound, Wednesday’s surprise Jane’s Addiction show will be taking place at the Bardot in Hollywood.  The 21+ ages show is free, but will be limited in attendance to the first 100 fans in line.  Perry Farrell confirmed this via Twitter and Facebook early this morning.  This will be a short, 5 song set by the band, and the live debut of Duff McKagan as a member of Jane’s Addiction.

The Bardot is located at 1737 Vine St. in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA.  Doors open at 10pm PDT.

Jane's Addiction - May 5, 2010

Jane's Addiction - May 5, 2010