Jane’s Addiction To Reunite Again, But This Time It’s Sort Of For Real

Apr 16th, 2008 // 10 Comments

Janesaddiction.jpgOriginal Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery–who’s backed off from participating in his former band’s reunion shows and tours because he (perhaps rightly) saw them as little more than cash grabs–has decided to play a few songs with his old mates at next week’s invite-only, MySpace-streamed NME Awards USA. The band is picking up a “Godlike Genius Award” at the ceremony, no doubt in part because it new how to monetize that ’90s-nostalgia mine when Weiland was still trying to figure out whether or not making an album with Guns N’ Roses members was a good idea. Avery was, understandably, somewhat conflicted about even publicly mentioning that he was even considering doing the show, what with “maybe” meaning “yes” in the overheated gossipsphere that the NME helped create.

i have kept silent this past week about it because i was concerned that if it got out that i was even considering it, that in itself would have been considered an answer and i didnt want to set this in motion until i had really decided either way. so i am sorry for the lack of response to your questions on the blog here.

i went to do dave navarros internet tv show today thinking that i might get some clarity about all this from talking to him. i had only spoken to two other folks about this up to that point. i was really conflicted and i am still unsure that this is the right answer (if there is such a thing) but i am happy to be a part of honoring janes. i am humbled that we are being put into the company of the others who have received this honor from the nme. and finally, i must admit that it has felt really good so far in both heart and mind; just sounds like a cool night. amazing.

Aw, that’s sweet, right? Just be warned, Eric: If Perry tries to buttonhole you into a chat about flash mobs and Solutionists, it’s best to slowly back away. And then run.

ok [ericavery]


  1. TheContrarian

    Thank fucking God it’s Eric and not some stupid ringer.

  2. tigerpop

    Martyn LeNoble does not approve.

  3. Ned Raggett

    @TheContrarian: Seconded. Eric A was my hero for NOT getting involved in any of the reunions.

  4. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    Now if only we can him to be the ringer again on bass for some live Garbage acts all will be right with 1997….

  5. MC

    @Ned Raggett: Not that I know your opinion on the Pixies reunion, but I’ve been wondering lately why that reunion = sheer ecstasy, whereas Jane’s reunion = shameless money grab. (Other than the car commercial I suppose.)

  6. joshservo

    @MC: Here’s why. Because unlike the Pixies reunion, Jane’s has been half-assedly re-uniting and breaking up since…Jesus, it feels like since the Edison Canister was invented. The Pixies broke up, stayed broken up, just sort of magically reappeared, and then broke up again.

    Also, it seems as if Farell and Navarro have been engaged in an equally interminable race to see who can more efficiently squander their legacy and the goodwill of their fans. My vote’s for Navarro, with his guyliner and myriad reality shows, but you can never rule out Farell for his dogged instance on putting out the worst music possible.

    The Pixies, on the other hand, just got kind of tubby and/or bald. They did one new terrible song as opposed to Jane’s completely meh “Kettle Whistle,” and then they went back to eating and/or losing hair.

    The more apt analogy would have been the Breeders reunion, which to me is as shrugworthy as this here Jane’s re-re-renion.

  7. TheContrarian

    @joshservo: My money’s on Navarro for the Ultimate Legacy Squandering Douchebag Achievement Award.

    I fell asleep to cable TV one night and woke up at 4 AM to see him “hosting” the Adult Video Awards in a pair of big-eye sunglasses that were dated on the ZooTV tour.

    FYI, “Kettle Whistle” was a posthumous odds ‘n’ sods comp with one or two *new* songs. “Strays” was the lame-ass record of all new material from a handful of ears ago.

  8. tigerpop

    @joshservo: But…but…Mountain Battles is good!

  9. Ned Raggett

    @joshservo: then they went back to eating and/or losing hair.

    I could see Perry eating hair.

  10. Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett: FTW. Lulz of the day.

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