JANE'S ADDICTION will reunite with founding bassist Eric Avery at the inaugural U.S. NME Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles, marking the first time that the band's original lineup will be together since 1991. The quartet will be presented with the Godlike Genius Award and perform three songs at the event. 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.
In a brand new posting on his web site, JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro writes, "Yesterday, April 15, 2008, was a pretty spectacular day. After pre-taping an episode of SpreadTV [Navarro's Internet TV show] with Eric Avery, which will air on Thursday, Eric informed me that he will be joining JANE'S ADDICTION on the 23rd for the NME Awards! That means that one week from today, the original JANE'S lineup will be performing together for the first time in 17 years. We have decided to do a handful of songs at the event which will be honoring the band. Eric's bass lines and writing contributions are such an integral part of the JANE'S sound that the night would feel somewhat incomplete without his presence. We couldn't be happier about his decision to join us. Since Eric's departure in 1991, we have gone on to work with Flea, Martyn Le Noble and Chris Chaney. I would like to recognize them and thank them for their musicianship and support throughout the years. I consider them all as part of the JANE'S family and legacy.
Dave continues, "[Tuesday] night, Perry [Farrell, JANE'S ADDICTION frontman] performed at Tom Morello's Axis of Justice show at The Troubadour in Hollywood with Carl and Etty from SATELLITE PARTY. Tom had put together an incredible collection of artists for the evening including Pete Yorn, Slash, Steve Vai, Jerry Cantrell, Davey Havok and Stewart Copeland. Around 8:00pm I got a text from Perry that read, 'Dave... Get down here. Flea is on his way and wants to jam!' Of course, I accepted the invitation and immediately rolled over to joined Perry, Flea and Travis Barker for an impromptu 'Mountain Song'. So much fun and for such a great cause. Plus, it gave Perry and I an opportunity to perform again in front of a public audience before hitting the awards show next Wednesday.
"I have had the good fortune throughout my years as a guitarist to share the stage with some unbelievable talents, but there is no one in the world that I feel more comfortable and at home with musically than Perry Farrell. Playing with Flea again was pretty incredible too. If I am not mistaken, I haven't played with Flea since the 1997 JANE'S tour. Both Perry and Flea have had an enormous influence on my approach to guitar playing in their own different ways. It was pretty cool to share a musical moment with them again. Perk [drummer Stephen Perkins] was up north with his band BANYAN last night and was missed, but Travis was kind enough to fill in and did a great job."
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."
A press release stated that JANE'S ADDICTION is being given the award "in recognition of the fact that the band has done more than any other to introduce American alternative music to the mainstream."
Past recipients of the Godlike Genius Award, usually a highlight of the U.K. NME Awards, include U2, PAUL MCCARTNEY, THE CLASH, NEW ORDER, PRIMAL SCREAM and others.
The awards ceremony will feature live performances and 19 different awards, with the event being streamed live at this location.
Watch fan-filmed video footage (two different cameras) of JANE'S ADDICTION's "Mountain Song" being performed on April 15, 2008 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Flea and Travis Barker: