Jane's Addiction -Today's History Lesson

Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney. Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain both mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States.

Founded by Farrell and original bass guitarist Eric Avery following the disintegration of Farrell's previous band Psi Com, Jane's Addiction's first release was a self-titled live album, Jane's Addiction (1987), which caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records. The band's first two studio albums, Nothing's Shocking (1988) and Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), were released to widespread critical acclaim, and an increasing cult fanbase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the "Alternative Nation". The band's initial farewell tour, in 1991, launched the first Lollapalooza, which has since become a perennial alternative rock festival.

The band briefly reunited in 1997, with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers replacing Avery on bass guitar. In 2001, a second reunion took place, with Martyn LeNoble—and later Chris Chaney—occupying the role of bass guitarist. In 2003, the band released its third studio album, Strays, before dissolving again the following year. In 2008, the band's original line-up reunited and embarked on a world tour. Eric Avery, however, subsequently left the band in early 2010 as the group began working on new material. The band released its fourth studio album The Great Escape Artist in 2011, with Chaney returning to the band for its recording and subsequent tour, and featured the TV on the Radio's multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek. In 2016, Jane's Addiction were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Band Members


  • Perry Farrell – lead vocals, guitar, programming, keyboards, piano (1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)

Born Peretz Bernstein; March 29, 1959 an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the frontman of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Farrell continues to produce Lollapalooza with partners William Morris Agency and C3 Presents. Farrell has also led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party.

  • Dave Navarro – guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)

  • Stephen Perkins – drums, percussion, steel pan (1986–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)

  • Chris Chaney – bass (2002–2004, 2011–present)


  • Chris Brinkman – guitar (1985–1986)

  • Matt Chaikin – drums (1985–1986)

  • Eric Avery – bass, acoustic guitar (1985–1991, 2008–2010)

  • Flea – bass (1997), trumpet (1988, 1997)

  • Martyn LeNoble – bass (2001–2002)

  • Duff McKagan – bass (2010)

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