Los Angeles-based Jane’s Addiction will bring its brand of ‘80s alternative rock to Riot Fest on Friday, September 2. Formed in 1985, the band will perform with core members Perry Farrel on vocals, Dave Navarro on guitar, and Stephen Perkins on drums.
Emerging from Southern California’s goth and glam rock scenes of the early ‘80s, Jane’s Addiction’s music was influenced by post-punk, ‘70s heavy metal, progressive rock and psychedelic rock. In turn, as a pioneer alternative rock band, Jane’s Addiction is credited with influencing artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Incubis, and Strapping Young Lad.
The band’s 1987 debut album, called simply Jane’s Addiction, was recorded live at The Roxy in Los Angeles. This initial effort was followed by the studio album Nothing’s Shocking the following year. Later albums include Ritual de lo Habitual in 1990, compilation album Kettle Whistle in 1997, Strays in 2001, and The Great Escape Artist in 2011.
The band had several breakups during its long 30-plus year history, with Dave Navarro and original bassist Eric Avery leaving the band the first time in 1991. Both would return, but Avery’s reinstatement was relatively brief, while Navarro has been a fairly constant member of the lineup since its inception. Jane’s Addiction recently began playing concerts again after a two-year hiatus.