The Jane's Addiction "Relapse" tour will kick-off in New York City just in time for Halloween. The tour, which will feature the reunion of original Jane's leader/singer Perry Farrell, drummer Stephen Perkins and guitarist Dave Navarro, joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, will launch with two shows at New York's 3,000-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 30-31.
The five-week tour, cryptically dubbed the "I-Itz M'My Party Tour," will also hit Los Angeles on Nov. 28 at the Universal Amphitheater; additional dates will be announced soon. "There's no greater city to throw a Halloween party in than New York," Farrell said in a prepared statement.
The group will be drawing from their three previously released albums for material, as well as from the upcoming Kettle Whistle (Nov.). Drummer Perkins, who also plays in Farrell's post-Jane's band, Porno for Pyros, told Addicted to Noise that, as far as he was concerned, "there's nothing better than opening a show with something like 'Whores,' " from the band's 1987 self-titled debut.
"That was the first song me, Perry, Dave and (former bassist) Eric (Avery, who declined to be involved in the reunion) played together and practiced," said Perkins. "That's what Jane's started with when Dave came by for the first time."
Although the live set has not yet been finalized, Perkins said he was also psyched to play the moody "Three Days" from the band's 1990 swan song, Ritual De Lo Habitual. "It has lots of emotion and memories of good times for me."
In addition to collecting outtakes and rare tracks, Kettle Whistle will include two new songs, "Kettle Whistle" and "So What?," both based on tracks created during the band's late-'80s heyday. Farrell promised that the stage show would "create a magical environment at each venue," that would involve a very Farrellian mix of exotic dancers and lighting effects.
Perkins said he could feel the reunion and tour building over the past year or so. "Flea and Dave did the track 'Freeway' for (Porno for Pyros') Good God's Urge record, and it was such a great experience that we all agreed to do the 'Hard Charger' track for the (Howard) Stern movie."
The deal was sealed with a show at New York's Roseland earlier this year when Navarro and Flea joined Perkins and Farrell for a six-song mini-set. "Those juices just started flowing," said Perkins. "It was like bumping into a girl a bunch of times. The timing was right. It was like when the wheel was invented in one part of the world and another at the same time. Everything came full circle and we just wanted to release this energy."
For his part, Navarro said he's excited to hit the road again with old pal Farrell, because "he's probably the most brilliant musician I've ever worked with. He's that rare breed of singer where he is, literally, a musician, not just a singer."
Navarro said he was trying not to get "too excited" in anticipation of the tour. "Part of me is still not counting on it happening totally, because I don't like to get too excited before something that hasn't happened yet happens," he said. "I stress out before things happen and Perry, Flea and I are all prone to unforeseen events.
"I guess it's a good time, though," Navarro allowed himself. "Things happen when they're supposed to." [Tues., Sept. 23, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]