JUST 18 MONTHS AFTER REJOINING Jane’s Addiction, bassist Eric Avery has announced his departure from the seminal alternative rock outfit. Via Twitter (@ericavery), Avery announced, “that’s it. with equal parts regret and relief, the janes addiction experiment is at an end.” From the moment Avery returned to play with band mates Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, and Steven Perkins, rumors began to fly about rising tension between Avery and front man Farrell. Avery openly confirmed the rift, stating that it didn’t much matter, so long as the band’s musical integrity remained intact. Meanwhile, guitarist Slash has sparked rumors by revealing that his Velvet Revolver and former Guns N’ Roses band mate Duff McKagan has joined Jane’s in the studio. For the latest developments, keep an eye on bassplayer.com and follow @Bass- PlayerNow on Twitter.
Eric Avery: Sound Tsunami: Ocean Size Subhooks Return To JANE’S ADDICTION
STALKING THE STAGE LIKE A caged cat, pounding his low-slung PBass with a sneer solidly etched on his face, Eric Avery seems like a man with a lot on his mind. Between 1985 and 1991, the Jane’s Addiction bassist crafted some of the catchiest subhooks in modern rock. Since rejoining the seminal alternative rock band earlier this year, he’s been on a quest to make it all sound better. On a recent stop outside San Francisco, Avery sat for a spell with BP to talk about the perils of low end, the importance of punch, and his practiced methods for attaining balance.