Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins laughs when he notes that, “When we commit to a record, we know it’s going to take a long time to make it right.”
“The Great Escape Artist,” which came out in October, is the group’s first set of all-new material since “Strays” in 2003. It’s also the product of several years of work that saw Perkins, frontman Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro work with nine inch nails’ Trent Reznor and former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagen (who co-wrote three songs) before hunkering down with producer Rich Costey and aide-de-camp Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio to bring the project to completion.
But Navarro says the group’s albums only tell part of its story.
“If you were a Jane’s Addiction fan it may look like the fourth album, but to each and every one of us as individual artists it’s however many albums in our careers that we’re on,” explains Navarro, 44. “We’ve all made a number of records outside of Jane’s Addiction. I’ve done solo records. I’ve done Panic Channel, the (Red Hot) Chili Peppers. Perry’s done a number of records, so has Stephen.
“It’s not like any of us have been dormant in between Jane’s Addictions records, you know?”
With that in mind, Perkins says the group is already thinking about a quicker turnaround for its fifth album.
“We had a discussion on the flight home from the Super Bowl about, ‘OK, new music — do we visit it while we’re touring? Do some stuff on the bus and in sound check and go that route, or do we wait till the tour’s over and take a break and then go head-first?’” says Perkins, 44.
“But we ARE talking about music, so that’s important. But if we’re going to do it, we want to make sure everyone’s got the time to put into it, so we’ll see. It’s not easy getting to that point.”
Jane’s Addiction and Black Box Revelation perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $59.50, $45 and $39.50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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