NME.com reports that JANE'S ADDICTION closed out the NME Awards USA last night (Wednesday, April 23) with its first performance in 17 years for an enthralled crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
The newly reunited band brought the entire house to its feet for their set that included the classic tracks "Jane Says", "Mountain Song", "Ocean Size" and "Stop".
For last night's performance, bassist Eric Avery unearthed the guitar he used for the original JANE'S ADDICTION performances, which hadn't seen the light of day in nearly two decades.
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JANE'S ADDICTION was presented with the Godlike Genius Award at the inaugural U.S. NME Awards "in recognition of the fact that the band has done more than any other to introduce American alternative music to the mainstream," according to a press release.
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.
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.
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."
Watch fan-filmed video footage 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: