LOS ANGELES Flea, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins reunited
as a sort of instrumental Jane's Addiction at the House of Blues on
Saturday to celebrate "Drum Day L.A."
"Stephen asked me to do it, and I'd do anything for him because I love
him," Flea (born Michael Balzary) said. "I was in Big Sur this morning,
and I drove six hours, got here and walked onstage and did it."
The trio, who joined Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell for the hard-rock
band's 1997 Relapse tour, performed instrumental renditions of "Stop,"
"Ocean Size" (RealAudio
excerpt), "Mountain Song" and other Jane's songs and combined for
a triple-drum assault on "Trip Away" (RealAudio
Drummer Perkins and guitarist Navarro were original members of the group.
Navarro also played guitar for a few years in the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
for whom Flea plays bass.
Navarro and Flea said it wasn't nostalgia that propelled them to participate
in the event, which was sponsored by Guitar Center in celebration of "Drum
"The people at Guitar Center are my friends; Steve Perkins is my friend,"
Navarro said after the performance. "And obviously Steve's one of the
greatest drummers in the world and is a pleasure to play with. So anything
he wants, I'll do. I'll play anytime, anywhere."
Navarro, who has been working solo since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers
last year, said he hopes to release his debut album under the name Spread
Perkins, who is scheduled to tour next year with ex-Mötley Crüe
drummer Tommy Lee's band, Methods of Mayhem, dotted the performance with
several drum solos. The drummer, who also played with Farrell in Porno
for Pyros, initially took the stage alone and gave several drum demonstrations,
including one on an African split drum.
Saturday's event also featured a contest between seven amateur drummers
judged by the likes of Marilyn Manson's Ginger Fish, Poison's Rikki Rockett
and the Go-Go's' Gina Schock. Each contestant had won a regional competition.
The winner was 9-year-old Carlon Deon Muccular of Richmond, Calif., an
event spokesperson said.
Jazz drummer Louie Bellson was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk at the
event, and drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) and Dennis Chambers (George
Clinton) also performed.