Jane’s Addiction has had a tumultuous lifespan, but they’re up and at ’em again with new material as part of the Theatre of the Escapists Tour. Formed in 1985, Jane’s Addiction was an important group because they originated within the alternative rock movement of the nineties and garnered themselves mainstream attention and commercial success, pushing the unconventional genre into the public eye and serving as representatives for the “Alternative Nation.”
With their songs that break genre conventions and redefine alternative rock, it’s respected that Jane’s Addiction does not abide by music rules of any kind. Their live shows aren’t that token rock show, gritty and unrehearsed, but something rather theatrical and mesmerizing. Jane’s Addiction has laid down the groundwork for many bands that emerged during the alt rock revolution, like Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Nine Inch Nails and more. Jane’s Addiction took classic structures and musical paradigms and threw them out the window, and their rebellious attitude toward the mainstream inspired many other artists.
Following bassist Eric Avery’s departure from the group, Jane’s Addiction began working with Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen on new material, Dave Navarro later confirming that McKagen had officially joined the band. Front man Perry Farrell has had thoughts of making a follow-up to The Great Escape Artists while still touring in support of it. He wants to stick to the album’s theme of escapism and continue making new music. Even after all these years, Jane’s Addiction isn’t slowing down.
Austin will welcome Jane’s Addiction and opener The Duke Spirit to the Bass Concert Hall Saturday, May 12. If you don’t have tickets yet, don’t fret. Some amazing seats have been released last minute! So, click here to buy tickets. This show is going to be amazing and you won’t want to miss out!