Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Stephen Perkins have formed a new band with Skycycle vocalist Steve Isaacs. The as-yet-unnamed group has penned three songs and has begun recording with producer Danny Saber, who worked with Navarro on his 2001 Capitol solo debut, “Trust No One.”
Speculation has been rampant that this spells the end of Jane’s Addiction, which has been inactive since completing touring and promotion for its 2003 Capitol reunion album, “Strays.”
“I am not replacing [Jane’s Addiction vocalist] Perry [Farrell],” Isaacs wrote on his official Web site. “Even writing that like it were possible is crazy to me. Dave, Stephen, and Chris and I are just taking some time to do what is the most fun thing in the world to do — make music and write songs.”
Navarro was more specific in a Web post of his own this week, when he proclaimed, “The deal is that [the reunion] simply didn’t work out. Sometimes things just don’t work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now. We really don’t know. We do know that we really gave it everything we had this time and we actually made a really great record after so many years of silence.”
“Sometimes the best creative relationships are the most combustible and they aren’t meant to last forever,” he continued. Both Capitol and Jane’s Addiction’s management declined further comment on Navarro’s post.
“I don’t know what the future of Jane’s Addiction is, but I do know from being in a band for five years, that you yearn to play with other people and see what making NEW music sounds like,” Isaacs said. “Life is beautiful, magical, and way too short, and to spend time not making music makes you die a little bit inside. I know about that, too.”
The news comes just days after the Farrell-reared Lollapalooza tour cancelled its entire summer run due to poor ticket sales.
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