From the beginning, JANES ADDICTION has thrown the most unique parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality with theatrical flair onstage. 2012 sees the band--whove always outrageously combined electricity, sex and danger--return in support of their acclaimed album THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST (Capitol Records), which features the now-buzzing-at-radio track Underground. Starting February 22, this special run of North American showscalled Theatre of the Escapists--will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theatres. The alternative rock pioneers--frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bassare poised to deliver an immersive theatrical experience as only they can. Tickets go on sale January 14, with a pre-sale set for 10:00 EST this Wednesday, January 11. There will be a special package on JanesAddiction.com where fans can pair up their presale ticket with a high-quality lithograph. The lithograph will be signed by the band and sold only at the JanesAddiction.com presale.
We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show, says FARRELL. Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.
2011 was a milestone year for JANES ADDICTION, marking the release of their first studio album in eight years, the Rich Costey-produced album, THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST. Spin, writing about one of the albums tracks, noted that frontman Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro both put in stunning performances...it sounds like a band re-vitalized (August 3, 2011), while USA Today said the album finds core members Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins conjuring the feral drive and mystical haze of those early works with a fresh kick to the band's electro-rock meld (10/17/11). The album features Irresistible Force, the transfixing Top Ten alternative rock hit that Rolling Stone called an art metal freak show set on some distant planet (August 3, 2011). Their new single, Underground is currently climbing the alternative and rock radio charts. It features some of NAVARROs best guitar work, according to the Wall Street Journal, which took note of the way he excels with terse fills long before he solos at the song's fade. The publication added: As always, Stephen Perkins proves to be one of rock's great drummers, and his interplay with Mr. Navarro, his high-school marching-band buddy, is one of the disc's savory treats (October 11, 2011).
Also in 2011, JANES ADDICTION headlined major events such as the Splendor in the Grass in Australia, the launch of Lollapalooza Chile, Gathering of the Vibes, and the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas.
In June, JANES were inducted into Guitar Centers RockWalk by Rage Against The Machines Tom Morello. Morello made it clear that the alt-rock pioneers led the way: Nirvana often gets credit for being the first alternative band to break through, the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the 80s. Thats just not true. It was Janes Addiction.
In August, at Lollapaloozas 20th Anniversary in Chicago, in front of 80,000 fans, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters recounted the first time he saw JANES ADDICTION in 1991 in Los Angeles: that day me and Kurt went down and we sat at the audience and we thought: Oh my god, music is f%%%kin changing. Theres 20,000 people here. To see bands that are actually f%%%kin cool. WTF. How did that happen! So Id like to thank Perry for changing musicthank you Perry Well this one goes out to you Perry, cause if it werent for you, I swear to god, we wouldnt f%%%kin be here right now. And when I say: We. I mean: F%%%kin We. Am I right! Am I Right!
Onstage, JANES ADDICTION hold nothing back. They reminded everyone there were rock gods to be prayed to, and then defied them with feverish grace, noted Billboard (August 13, 2011check date) of their NYC show at Terminal 5. Writing about their Los Angeles performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, ArtistDirect.com (October 5, 2011) said: Jane's Addiction stood triumphant for the entire show. It was one of those magical gigs where every element simply worked. On stage, Jane's Addiction display the kind of mystique that's belonged to the likes of Led Zeppelin and few others. However, they're one of a kind.
Jane's Addiction is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band's original line-up featured Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), Eric Avery (bass) and Stephen Perkins (drums). After breaking up in 1991, Jane's Addiction briefly reunited in 1997 and again in 2001, both times with Avery declining to participate. In 2008, the band's "classic" line-up, featuring Avery, reunited and embarked on a world tour. Avery subsequently left the band in early 2010 as the group began work on new material. To date, they have released 3 studio albums (with a 4th due on September 27, 2011).
Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an alternative rock showcase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the "Alternative Nation." The band was ranked 35th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list.
Source: Wikipedia.org, 2011