Perry Farrell is struggling to keep the recently reunited Jane’s Addiction together before they’ve even kicked off their summer touring schedule. It seems the reasons the band broke up in the first place are still there and not even mediation by Trent Reznor can help.
“He did his best to be both producer and psychologist,” Farrell told Reuters. “He was very respectful, trying to get out of the way and not overproduce. I wish honestly he would’ve produced a little more, but he was a little gun shy after seeing us explode on each other in the studio. He became the referee for a day and after that day I think he was done.”
All the bitching is worth it though, according to Farrell. He has a nice summation of what it means when the original members of a band reform and why it’s important.
“Any time you get a chance to put the original members of a group together, (you should do it). Look at Pink Floyd. I consider Roger Waters to be the greatest live rock act for a festival today. He has a great guitar player, but it’s not David Gilmour. You need the original members if you can have them. I love The Who, love Led Zeppelin, but nobody’s the same when they’re not original members, the people that wrote and recorded those songs and set their vibrations down into those tracks. That’s why it’s important to try to keep your crew together.”
Farrell also says that ticket sales for Lollapalooza 2009 are better than ever.
“At Lollapalooza, we’re selling more tickets than ever,” he said. “People need an even bigger excuse to escape more than ever and there is no better escape than going to a festival and just tripping and taking in music.”
I couldn’t agree more.