In keeping with leader Perry Farrell's notorious penchant for changing his mind day-to-day, it was announced Thursday afternoon that the name of the Jane's Addiction reunion album has been changed.
As has the record's release date. The tour schedule. And the number of new songs planned for the LP.
Originally slated to be called It's My Party, the upcoming album from the reconstituted, or as Farrell calls it, "relapsed" Jane's, will be Kettle Whistle.
The release date of the album, a mix of rare live tracks, demos and previously unreleased tracks, has also been pushed back from Oct. 14 to "early November," according to Heidi Robinson, the band's publicist.
And that's not all. The relapsed lads - which include Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the place of original bassist Eric Avery, who declined to be involved -- had so much fun laying down new music to the never-published Jane's track "Kettle Whistle," that they've decided to record a second new song entitled "So What?" The group, which consists of original members Farrell (vocalist), drummer Stephen Perkins and guitarist Dave Navarro (who since Jane's demise has gone on to the Chili Peppers), wrote the revised musical arrangement to the track just after Labor Day. They are currently in the studio with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) recording the tune, which though originally written during the old Jane's days, was never finished.
All this re-shuffling subsequently changes originally-announced plans to launch the Jane's "Relapse" tour in San Francisco on Oct. 25 as the first and only date of this year's ENIT festival -- Farrell's post-Lollapalooza, rave-inspired brainstorm. Guitarist Navarro humbly described the still-gestating tour plans this way: "The Jane's thing, as far as I know, is we're doing this little tour. And that, for all intents and purposes, will be that." Current plans call for the tour to start sometime after the album's November release date.
The band have also re-thought plans to do a short European press tour in mid-September that was to feature some acoustic dates. Those dates, intended to promote the album, if they happen at all, will now likely involve two members of the group and no live performances.
Robinson said the band recently began production meetings about the tour and that Farrell, who launched the ambitious and trend-setting Lollapalooza festival in 1991 as a showcase for new music and art, "has some great ideas for the production." Robinson, however, declined to announce any venues for the tour, suspecting that some of them might change to "make sure that whatever the stage structure is, the venue can accommodate the show."
"The band wants to make sure it can put on the best show possible," Robinson said. "Both Jane's and (Farrell's post Jane's band) Porno for Pyros always try to give their fans something special, whether it's using dancers or exotic locales they mock-up on stage. They just need to make sure whatever plans they come up with fit the venue."
Despite recent set-backs to his other band, which included a serious motorcycle accident involving Chili Peppers' singer Anthony Kiedis, a typhoon-shortened set at the aborted Mt. Fuji Festival and another recent motorcycle accident, this one involving drummer Chad Smith, Navarro said he's still eager to find time for both groups in his schedule. The Chili Peppers were forced to cancel three recent shows due to Smith's injury, two of which, a Sept. 13 date in Alaska and a Sept. 16 date in Hawaii, were make-ups for shows canceled in the wake of Kiedis' injury.
Eager to get to work on the new Chili Peppers album, now slated for 1998, despite recent suggestions that the band is on the brink of break-up, Navarro said recently, "I'll tell you the truth. As much as I love the Chili Peppers and I love playing with them, I was feeling overwhelmed with the fact that I was going to have to do this Chili Peppers tour and then immediately go on this (since canceled) Jane's Addiction European leg. I'm sorry for Chad, but I'm kinda glad we're not going."
Now that his hectic schedule, which would have had him bouncing back and forth between the two bands almost week-to-week has been freed up a bit, Navarro said, "The bright side is that as intense as it is, I think it will make Flea and myself better players. As talented as everybody in both bands are, they're both incredibly different. I'm thinking that Flea and I will bring new ideas into the Peppers from the Jane's experience and vice versa."
As for how all this cross-pollination will affect his two gigs, Navarro laughed, "Either it will make for two unique and exciting bands or two piles of shit."
[Thurs., Sept. 4, 1997, 5 p.m. PST]