Jane’s Addiction is an American alternative rock ensemble formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band’s original line-up featured Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), Eric Avery (bass) and Stephen Perkins (drums). After breaking up in 1991, Jane’s Addiction briefly reunited in 1997 and again in 2001; both times with Avery declining to participate. In 2008, the band’s “classic” line-up, featuring Avery, reunited and embarked on a world tour. Avery subsequently exited the ensemble in early 2010 as the lineup started work on new music. To date, they have issued three studio copies (with a fourth due in August 2011).
Jane’s Addiction was one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock era to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an alternative rock showcase. As a result, Jane’s Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the “Alternative Nation”. The group was ranked 35th on VH1’s “100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock” list.