If you’re a Jane’s Addiction fan who lives within driving distance of Los Angeles, cancel your plans for tomorrow night. According to guitarist Dave Navarro’s Web site, the founding members of Jane’s — Navarro, frontman Perry Farrell, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins — will be reuniting once again for a “secret” gig Thursday night (October 23) at La Cita Bar in downtown L.A. for what will be the original group’s first full concert in more than a decade.
Back in April, Jane’s Addiction did reunite with Avery — who was the band’s sole reunion holdout for several years — for the first-ever U.S. NME Awards. The show marked the first time Avery performed with Jane’s since the band first split in 1991. The band was honored with the Godlike Genius Award during the ceremony at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Not that this one show is a sign of anything to come. Jane’s Addiction have reunited and broken up more times than Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson, after all. But it could signal a change in the members’ thinking, and perhaps could be the first of many shows. This summer, when MTV News asked Farrell about the prospect of getting back together with the original lineup for an upcoming Lollapalooza stint, he didn’t rule it out.
“Look, we are at each other’s throats almost every step of the way,” Farrell told us. “So the concept of it sounds unbelievable, right? Wow, man — that would be a trip. But then the reality of it starts to set in, and it becomes one of those things where — you know how somebody can just get under your skin and things can just become just unlivable? I go through that process, but let me tell you this. When I think about the party, and I think about the aftereffects, it may be worth it. It may be worth it. But don’t hold me to it. It’s one of those things, man. I have a fantastic life, and as much as I’d love to have Jane’s in my life, I know there’s a window. We should try, shouldn’t we? We’re all still able to kick ass. Musicians, we get good up until we get really old. Our career goes twice as long as an athlete’s, but not three times as long. There’s a certain age where, all of a sudden, your fingers aren’t flying, and you can’t jump off the riser anymore, and you can’t take your shirt off. So we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, we won’t be holding our breath — not for a full, bona fide Jane’s reunion, or for Farrell keeping his top on in the future. But wouldn’t it be great to have Jane’s back again? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.