Jane's Addiction

What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Page 6

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Jane's Addiction - What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Page 6
By Chris GramlichJane's Addiction plays the KROQ Christmas show in L.A. Before going on, Fiona Apple fan Dave leaves a message for Fiona on her dressing room mirror written with his own blood. The message? "Fiona, have fun. Love, DN."

The "relapsed" Jane's completes a limited tour before once again calling it quits, rumoured to be due to ongoing drug abuse problems with Dave. "All I can tell you is that my own personal experience with drug addiction has done nothing but made it difficult to do the things that I loved, Jane's Addiction being one of them," asserts Dave.

"Been Caught Stealing" is selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

Porno For Pyros plays the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC, a benefit for Greenpeace in L.A. and contributes the track "Tonight" to the MOM 2 benefit album for the environmentalist Surfrider foundation.

Perry and Porno For Pyros return to the Lollapalooza fold in an attempt to salvage it, featuring a line-up that includes Korn, Tricky, Tool and the Prodigy, among others. However, despite Perry's return and the selection of the artists on the bill, it will be Lollapalooza's last year.

Stephen Perkins and Mike Watt release an album under the moniker Banyan. They also release a seven-inch on Kill Rock Stars under the name Li'l Pit.

Rolling Stone Magazine names Nothing's Shocking one of the 200 top records from the '50s to the '90s, although it is oddly absent from their top 100 albums of the '80s list from '89. Ritual De Lo Habitual doesn't make the top 200 cut.

1998

Dave leaves amicably from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Perry disbands Porno For Pyros.

Perry Farrell wins a temporary restraining order to stop internet sales of a home sex video where he's also allegedly filmed taking drugs. Farrell seeks $90 million in damages as well as an injunction to keep the video off the internet. The company, Spy 7, who had offered the video for free to new members, complies, erasing all mention of the video from their site. Rumours are that no video ever existed, as no attempt to release the video legally was ever made and no film clips were ever leaked online.

Dave Navarro, at the height of battling his substance abuse problems after being clean for years, attends a party at the Playboy mansion and is subsequently banned from ever returning, when he writes on a wall with his own blood after shooting heroin during an orgy. Despite cleaning it up, the incident is caught on tape, although the tape has never been released. Dave is escorted off the premises and asked to never return.

After seven years, breaking underground music to the mainstream and making alternative a section in every record store, Lollapalooza is cancelled after it is unable to secure a headliner. Jane's Addiction were rumoured to headline but split-up, and no suitable replacement could be found or would confirm. "It wasn't that hard to walk away," comments Perry. "There wasn't a lot left there, it would be like picking over the bones at Thanksgiving; the turkey was eaten. At least it was useful, I got a lot out of it, it's never a bad idea to take a Sabbath rest, and that's what I did, I rested on the seventh one."

Perry Farrell's son, Yobel Ari Farrell, is born. The mother, Christine Cagle, is shown on the cover of Porno For Pyro's Good God's Urge album.

Dave is asked once again to join Guns 'n' Roses, this time to replace the departed Slash. He is also asked by Trent Reznor to record with Nine Inch Nails. He declines both invites.

1999

Perry releases Rev. Despite its presentation as a Perry Farrell solo album, it is a glorified greatest hits package of both his Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros days. The one original, "Rev," featuring Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante, is an electronic rock song while his cover of Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love" receives a drum 'n' bass treatment, signalling Perry's increasing immersion into electronic music and culture.

Rolling Stone names Ritual De Lo Habitual one of the most important albums of the '90s.

The Three Days documentary is premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. It's written and directed by Kevon Ford and Carter B. Smith and documents the Jane's "Relapse" tour of '97. It is yet to be released on home video, presumably due to its content, which supposedly shows both the good and the ugly side of the tour.

Banyan releases its second album, Anytime At All.
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