The Jane's Addiction summer reunion tour is set for takeoff in August, according to guitarist Dave Navarro.
Jane's, who played two shows in April the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, and a gig in Santa Barbara haven't toured since their 1997 Relapse outing.
Navarro said Thursday (May 31) that the tour is just for fun. "We had that offer to do Coachella, and once you get the machine rolling and you get the guys together and the rehearsal space and the equipment locked down and the dancers ... it's like, 'For one show? Let's go play some shows.'"
Jane's Addiction will turn up before the tour at the K-Rock Dysfunctional Family Picnic, thrown June 22 by New York's WXRK-FM, and at the KROQ Weenie Roast, to be held June 23 in Los Angeles, Navarro's publicist said.
The 20- to 30-date outing will be part of the Jubilee festival that Jane's frontman Perry Farrell is organizing, and the show will feature a mix of bands and DJs, according to Farrell's management (see "Jane's Addiction Tour Will Likely Be Part Of Festival"). No other acts have been announced.
In addition to Farrell and Navarro, the Jane's lineup features drummer Stephen Perkins and former Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn Le Noble.
Navarro, who will mount a tour in the fall in support of his debut solo album, Trust No One (June 19), said he is not planning to play any of his own songs on the Jane's tour, adding that he wasn't sure whether Farrell will tap into his solo material. Farrell is set to release Song Yet to Be Sung, which features appearances by his Jane's bandmates, on July 17.
"It would just feel awkward to step up to the mic and say, 'Hey, Perry, you're great, [but step aside],'" Navarro said. "To be honest, even more important is being a contributing member to that band. Being a guitar player in that band is so wonderful and so exciting to me that I don't want to toy with something that works for me."
Navarro said the group has not discussed the possibility of recording a new album but added that he is not opposed to the idea.