Instrumental Version Of Jane's Addiction Relapses Again

Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Flea play several songs by defunct hard-rock band.

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

excerpt).

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

Day L.A."

"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

in February.

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.