1. Taylor Hawkins JA WOF Speech

    Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

     Jane’s Addiction Walk of Fame Induction Speech

    By Taylor Hawkins


    I love this band.  They know it.  I’ve been stalking them for years.  From their triumphant 8 night stand at the John Anson to the Birkenstock incident at the Palladium, the “Stop” video at Mt. Baldy, 2 nights at Irvine, the first Lollapalooza, etc.  I was there.


    Back in the late 80’s rock music, at least in my eyes, was getting shittier by the day.  Then one day of a buddy of mine showed up to my house holding a magazine.  He said, “You have to hear this band…Jane’s Addiction.”  “What kind of name is that?” I said.  Then he showed me the picture.  Nobody in the late 80’s had green dreads and a ring in their nose. 


    Like any good juvenile delinquent, I stole 10 bucks from my mom’s purse, went to the record shop and bought the cassette of Nothing’s Shocking.  We got back to the house, rolled a joint from weed stolen from one of our parents, put the tape in and proceeded to have our minds blown.  The singer sounded like a child singing nursery rhymes on acid in hell.  The band could hypnotize you into a dream state and then out of nowhere break your nose with a ferocious sonic sucker punch - one part brutal dirty garage band, one part majestic colorful master technicians. 

    These guys changed everything for me.  They brought rock n’ roll back to life and unquestionably bridged the gap and made way for what was to become alternative rock.  Whatever the hell that means.

    Congrats on this well deserved honor and in Perry’s immortal words from way back then, “Thank you, boys.”


  2. Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    October 30th, 2013




    Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Jane's Addiction will recieve their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11:30AM PST.  The star is located at 6436 Hollywood Blvd.


    Can't make it in person? Tune in to the live stream at

  4. LA Weekly's Ultimate L.A. Band!

    Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Who's the ultimate L.A. band?


    It's not enough to have just lived here or become popular here. The group's music, personality and history must be intertwined with the city. Acts like The Doors, X, Van Halen, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers come to mind, but for us, it's simple.

    In contemporary cultural terms, Jane's Addiction, who receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow, most deserve the distinction.

    The act was the biggest and best L.A. group to emerge from the early 1990s alternative scene and garner mainstream commercial success. And, it was in the midst of dealing with drug struggles -- which are both celebrated and lamented in their first hit, "Jane Says."

    A typical story, right? Except that it doesn't have the usual ending. The group didn't burn out, and even with Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro high as kites, their music thrived and their bond survived. Bassist Eric Avery unfortunately didn't stay with them, but drummer Stephen Perkins -- whose brutal beats are essential to the band's sound -- stayed on.


    Read More: here


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