JANE'S ADDICTION's Classic Lineup Reunites For First Concert In 14 Years

May 24, 2024

Guitarist Dave Navarro rejoined his JANE'S ADDICTION bandmates Thursday night (May 23) during their intimate concert at London, England's Bush Hall.

Fan-filmed video of the show, which marked JANE'S ADDICTION'S first performance with its classic lineup in over 14 years, can be seen below.

JANE'S ADDICTION's setlist for the London gig included a new song called "Imminent Redemption". Navarro, singer Perry Farrell, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery – who had left the band in 2010 but returned in 2022 — also played another new track, "True Love", which they had premiered last year. They also opened with "Kettle Whistle", marking JANE'S ADDICTION's first performance of the song with Navarro since 2001.

"True Love" was reportedly written by Farrell, Avery and Perkins, with assistance from touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Navarro sat out JANE'S ADDICTION's 2022 and 2023 shows due to his battle with long COVID. He was replaced at last year's gigs by Klinghoffer, a former member of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS who also records with Eddie Vedder and performs with PEARL JAM. 2022 saw QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Troy Van Leeuwen step in for Navarro.

The fall 2022 "Spirit On Fire" tour marked the first JANE'S ADDICTION run of shows in more than a decade to feature returning Avery. Prior to that, Avery last played with the band for a short stint in the 2000s before departing again in 2010.

In the fall of 2022, Farrell told Alternative Press that it wasn't easy finding a temporary replacement for Navarro. "At first, there was a lot of weight on my shoulders," he said. "This was our return tour right after COVID, and we didn't have Dave. JANE'S is a unique band, and you can't just grab any guitar player and they'll pick it up. That's Dave Navarro we're talking about — those are big shoes to fill."

When it was first announced that Van Leeuwen would fill in for Navarro for the fall 2022 tour, Dave said in a statement: "He is a great guy and I am honored to have him help make this tour happen. Though I am saddened to not make this tour, I am focused on making a full recovery and rejoining the guys when I am able. I truly wish the band well on this tour and I am confident they will bring everything to make it a fabulous show! Go get 'em, guys!"

London, we’re playing a secret show at Bush Hall on the 23rd of May, ahead of our European tour. Limited tickets...

Posted by Jane's Addiction on Friday, May 10, 2024

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