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Before there was alternative rock in the 1990s definition (a.k.a. grunge), Los Angeles originals Jane’s Addiction were forcefully merging the realms of art rock and glam rock, heavy metal and punk, mainstream and underground with their volatile fusions of musical style and substance. Formed in 1985 by vocalist Perry Farrell and bassist Eric Avery, Jane’s Addiction took its name from Farrell’s then roommate before solidifying its classic lineup with the arrival of drummer Stephen Perkins and guitar hero-in-waiting Dave Navarro. Together, the foursome took the L.A. club scene by storm and eventually settled a bidding war by signing with Warner Bros. for a historic advance. But first the band insisted on releasing their eponymous debut album (recorded live at the Roxy, on the Strip, for under $4,000) through Triple X Records, before their attentions turned to preparing their eclectic sophomore breakthrough, Nothing’s Shocking. This sold modestly throughout 1988, becoming a critically acclaimed sleeper hit, until it earned a surprise Grammy nomination for best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, on the same controversial ballot that saw Jethro Tull defeating Metallica for the gold hardware. But the changing tides of musical fashions and Jane’s Addiction’s would soon creative daring converged with uncanny timing in 1990, when their third opus, Ritual de lo Habitual seemed to capture the musical zeitgeist of the emerging Generation X, as the band headlined the first ever Lollapalooza festival, conceived by Farrell. Shockingly, Jane’s Addiction also preemptively announced their breakup around this time, and astutely left their ardent following clamoring for more. Farrell and Perkins soon formed Porno for Pyros while Navarro eventually replaced John Frusciante in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But the allure of financial rewards and the mending of personal fences eventually revived Jane’s Addiction (with Chili Peppers bassist Flea subbing for Avery) for 1997’s “Relapse” tour and Kettle Whistle live LP. This set the tone for occasional third millennium reunions (including a brief return by Avery between 2008-10) that have produced two studio albums in 2003’s Strays and 2011’s Escape Artist, as well as several arena-packing tours. Jane’s Addiction may now clearly inhabit the musical mainstream, but their cutting edge aesthetics will always provide an unbreakable thread back to their underground origins.

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Jane’s Addiction to Play ‘Sterling Spoon’ Anniversary Tour With Dinosaur Jr. + Living Colour

Jane's Addiction will hit the road for the 'Sterling Spoon' anniversary tour, celebrating the 25th anniversaries of 'Ritual de lo Habitual' and Lollapalooza.

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Ethan Miller / Karl Walter / Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Jane’s Addiction, At the Drive-In, Deftones + More to Rock 2016 Shaky Knees Festival

Jane's Addiction, At the Drive-In and Deftones are among the big names playing the 2016 Shaky Knees Festival.

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Aftershock Day 2: Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones + More Close the Fest

Day 2 of Aftershock had more of an alternative feel, with Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Deftones leading the way.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Dave Navarro Produces ‘Mourning Son’ Documentary About His Mother’s Murder

Dave Navarro has created a film called 'Mourning Son' about his mother's murder and how it affected him that's coming to Video on Demand in December.

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Foo Fighters Perform Jane’s Addiction Tracks With Perry Farrell, Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’ With Jack Black

While playing the legendary Forum, Foo Fighters invited out Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell to jam 'Had a Dad' and 'Been Caught Stealing.'

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Ex-Jane’s Addiction Bassist Eric Avery: We Could Have Made More Money, But We Were Free Spirits

Former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery has penned a thoughtful piece on the idea of an artist 'selling out.'

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Perry Farrell Recalls Getting High With Kurt Cobain

Perry Farrell shares his recollections of meeting Kurt Cobain and his thoughts on 'Montage of Heck.'

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Linkin Park, Halestorm, Jane’s Addiction + More to Play 2015 Summerfest

Linkin Park, Halestorm and Jane's Addiction are among the many acts heading to Milwaukee this summer for the annual Summerfest event.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro Designs Guitar Strap Sex Toy

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has come up with perhaps the most innovative guitar strap ever.

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Foo Fighters Welcome Perry Farrell + Joe Walsh at Los Angeles Performance

Foo Fighters welcomed both Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Joe Walsh for collaborations during their performance at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater.

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