Jane’s Addiction were part of the new wave of bands that came out of Los Angeles in the mid 1980s that weren’t quite sure where they belonged. Were they punk? Hard rock? Metal? Alternative? They were a little bit of all these things, which helped make them one of the most influential groups of the era. In frontman Perry Farrell they had a singer who wasn’t shy about letting his freakiness flow; in Dave Navarro they had a guitarist who bridged Sunset Strip’s glam-metal style with punk bite and metallic energy. Jane’s debut album, ‘Nothings Shocking,’ remains an essential work from the period, a powerhouse set of stinging rockers that never lets up. On their follow-up record, ‘Ritual de lo Habitual,’ they expanded into multi-suite epics that explored the psychedelic shades of their music. It all eventually became too much for the group, which has broken up and reunited a few times since.
Selected Discography: ‘Nothings Shocking’ (1988), ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ (1990)
Chicago is the center of the music universe this week, at least where U.S. music fans are concerned, as Lollapalooza gets its annual spotlight. While they weren't part of the actual Lollapalooza lineup, Jane's Addiction did make an appearance in Chicago Saturday night.
One of the oldest men on California's death row has been given new life. John Riccardi, who was convicted in the 1983 killing of Dave Navarro's mother Connie, was taken off of a list of inmates scheduled for execution after a judge determined he was denied a fair trial.
Jane's Addiction brought great songs and an extremely impressive stage show to Detroit's beautiful Fillmore this past Friday (Feb. 24). The set came complete with dazzling light and video displays, a gigantic sculpture and three live dancers hanging from the ceiling in oversized dresses.
The best Jane's Addiction songs reveal a side of the band that classic rock fans might not know. Jane’s is rightly recognized as a cornerstone of 1990s alternative boom. But more precisely, Jane’s was the last great, larger-than-life classic roc
Jane's Addiction end an eight year absence from the record making game with 'The Great Escape Artist,' an album surprisingly light on guitars that instead finds the band dabbling in electronic-influenced alternative rock.
Dave Navarro is not a shredder. No, seriously. The Jane's Addiction guitarist will tell you that much. In fact, he did say just that. He has revealed that he'd rather write music on guitar instead of working on scales or technique and trying to improve his shreddability.
Not sure if the new Jane's Addiction album is worth your time and money? Give it a listen before deciding. The band has just opened up 'The Great Escape Artist' for streaming at iTunes. It will remain a free stream -- no strings attached -- until the album's release date on Oct. 18.
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