After Spirits On Fire tour, following a 10-year hiatus, Jane’s Addiction didn’t want to stop
Alternative rock staples Jane’s Addiction recently completed their seven-week tour Spirits On Fire, supporting Smashing Pumpkins. This was the band’s first tour in many years with founding bassist Eric Avery, which delighted Jane’s Addiction fans. The only big minus to the shows was the absence of lead guitarist Dave Navarro, who is suffering from long haul COVID-19.
“At first, there was a lot of weight on my shoulders. This was our return tour right after COVID, and we didn’t have Dave,” frontman Perry Farrell told Alternative Press. “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.”
Just two weeks before the tour kicked off, the band managed to get Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age to fill in for Navarro. Even though the shows turned out to be physically hard on the musicians, especially Farrell, who injured his back, the band didn’t get less excited about making music together again.
“I had one of the best tours of my life. I just love at the end of the show seeing how many happy people there were. We got to them, and that’s the best feeling in the world,” shares Farrell. “It was a shared sense of [camaraderie], which translated into us really feeling like a band again,” adds Avery. “This time out, there was a real connection between the people onstage that I haven’t felt since 1986. We were all pulling in the same direction, and it was surprising in many ways. I think it’s really important for us to write new material.”
Having finished the tour, the band booked the studio in Hollywood and called producers James Ford and Pete Robinson. According to the source, Jane’s Addiction now have three new songs only awaiting guitar tracks. They still don’t know who will do the guitar parts but sent an invitation to Navarro, Van Leeuwen, Ash and Klinghoffer to make contributions to the songs.
“I don’t know who will end up recording the guitar tracks, but I’d love to see Dave, Troy, Josh and Daniel contribute — all the guys on the tour that really stuck it out,” says the frontman.
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