Bassist Eric Avery, who has now twice quit Jane’s Addiction, has decided to open up for the first time about his experience on last year’s reunion tour by submitting to a series of video interviews conducted by long-running fan site Xiola.org — the first of which was posted today, and can be seen here.
On his blog today, Avery writes that, in the past, he’s held his tongue when discussing his experience with “Janes’ Addiction 1.0.” But “this time around, as I left, I decided not to let all the half-truths, mischaracterizations and misunderstandings to go unaddressed.” With this project, Avery writes, “I now take a large step, personally, toward placing Jane’s back into a box and putting it back onto its shelf in the hall closet.”
The first installment of what apparently will be a weekly series — a 14-minute segment filmed this past Monday — features Avery discussing his decision to finally reunite with Jane’s Addiction for an NME awards show in early 2008. He takes a couple swipes at Perry Farrell (“He’s not an entirely reliable source”), and describes the band’s initial rehearsals: “It was a pretty complicated emotional experience … Perry’s just always an awkward guy to be around, so that was weird and awkward. It was good to see Steve (Perkins) and Dave (Navarro), they’re sort of like my kid brothers in a way.”
As for the rest of the Jane’s Addiction, the band has not yet announced a replacement for Avery’s replacement, ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. The group, however, is slated to play Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks event in Los Angeles on Sunday, and has booked New Year’s gigs Dec. 30 and 31 at the Belly Up in Aspen, Colo., where it played last New Year’s Eve with Strays-era bassist Chris Chaney.
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