• October 13, 1985

    October 13, 1985

    Jane's Addiction performs their first show ever, incorrectly billed as "James Addiction" at Safari Sam's in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • October 24, 1985

    October 24, 1985

    Performing their first show at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Jane's Addiction opens for Gene Loves Jezebel. According to Eric Avery, then-guitarist Chris Brinkman only wore a pair of underwear on stage, and during the show, Perry tried numerous times to pull them down.

  • January 10, 1986

    January 10, 1986

    Jane's Addiction plays the Black Radio Club in Los Angeles, future members Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins are among those in attendance. Days later, Stephen was the band's drummer and shortly thereafter Dave became the band's guitarist.

  • March 20, 1986

    March 20, 1986

    Jane's Addiction plays one of their first shows with Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins at a makeshift venue in Los Angeles referred to as "Be Live". Bianca, a prostitute and the band's first manager, put up her own money for the performance, and worked the door to bring people into the show.

  • May 20, 1986

    May 20, 1986

    Jane's Addiction are scheduled to play The Troubadour in West Hollywood. As was the case with some high profile clubs in the L.A. area, The Troubadour had a policy where local bands would have to pay the club to get booked. Dave Navarro created flyers for Jane's show at The Troubadour with the text "Where you pay to play" listed underneath the venue. Once the club owners got word of this, Jane's Addiction were dropped from the schedule and never appeared at the club.

  • June 27, 1986

    June 27, 1986

    Jane's Addiction plays their first 'Scream' show at the Ebony Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles. Perry performed the show inside a shopping cart he brought on stage. Toward the end of the night, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of the venue.

  • October 1, 1986

    Jane's Addiction plays Club Lingerie in Hollywood, a show with several record label reps in attendance. Due to their age, Dave and Stephen were not allowed into the club except to play, so the pair spent much of the night waiting outside. During Jane's set, Perry leaves the stage, jumps on top of the bar and knocks over everyone's drinks. Dave ends up smashing his own guitar equipment. The band is told they’re banned from the club, but end up returning there to perform just two months later.

    Listen to "Stop"

  • January 26, 1987

    January 26, 1987

    Jane's Addiction performs two sets at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. While a recording of these performances would be the basis for the band's self-titled debut album, bootleg recordings of this show reveal the heavy studio overdubbing found on that album.

  • March 5, 1987

    March 5, 1987

    Jane's Addiction performs at the first annual L.A. Weekly Awards at the Variety Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. The band won awards for "Best Underground Band" and tied for "Best Metal / Hard Rock Band".

  • April 1, 1987

    April 1, 1987

    Jane's Addiction record demos at Lillian Way Studios in Los Angeles after signing with Warner Brothers Records. These demos would eventually be released as a part of the "A Cabinet of Curiosities" box set.

  • May, 1987

    May, 1987

    Jane's Addiction releases their live self-titled debut on Triple-X Records. While the record is presented as a "live" performance, and a recording of the band's Jan 26, 1987 show was the basis of this album, the band re-recorded most of the album at The Edge studios in Los Angeles. The crowd noise heard on the album is apparently from a recording of a concert by the band Los Lobos.

  • November 7, 1987

    November 7, 1987

    Jane's Addiction begins a fall tour opening for Daniel Ash and David J's band Love & Rockets, helping to increase the Jane's exposure across the US. Every member of Jane's Addiction would go on to work on side projects from the founders of Love & Rockets, and Ash and J would eventually appear on the second Porno For Pyros album.

  • August 19, 1988

    Jane's Addiction performs a Scream convert at The Probe in Los Angeles. This is the same concert where footage for the original Mountain Song Video, directed by Modi Frank, is shot along with a chorus of line dancers wearing diapers. The video is banned by MTV due to nudity that Perry refused to edit out. Instead, in a then-unprecedented move, the band releases it on their "Soul Kiss" home video.

  • August 23, 1988

    August 23, 1988

    Jane's Addiction releases their major label debut "Nothing's Shocking". Despite early fractures in the band and several changes in band management, producer Dave Jerden understood the band enough to help them craft an amazing album. Despite 9 of the 11 major record retailers refusing to carry the album due to its cover leading to it being sold in some stores wrapped in a paper bag, and scathing reviews in industry magazines such as Rolling Stone, "Nothing's Shocking" would go on reach Gold, and later Platinum status.

  • September 9, 1988

    September 9, 1988

    Jane's Addiction begins a fall tour supporting the legendary Iggy Pop at the Warner Theater in Washington DC. Even with Iggy's infamous stage antics, Jane's Addiction continues to blow crowds away with their live performances.

  • September 24, 1988

    September 24, 1988

    During a brief break of their tour with Iggy Pop, Jane's Addiction heads overseas. Supporting the European release of "Nothing's Shocking", the tour kicks off at Brixton Academy in London.

  • November, 1988

    November, 1988

    Perry and Dave record an interview with Roy Trakin for the "Words & Music" promo. This is the same session where City, from the video "Soul Kiss" was recorded. Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery were supposed to be in attendance, but were given bad directions and spent the afternoon driving around trying to find the studio. They never did and missed the session entirely.

  • December 4, 1988

    December 4, 1988

    While performing at Detroit's St. Andrews Hall, Perry breaks his ankle falling over a drum riser. The band continues their set with Perry telling the crowd "I'm a broken ankle!" Perry also lets several fans on the stage and allows them to speak into the mic during Pigs in Zen, creating some classic Perry banter replies.

  • January 20, 1989

    January 20, 1989

    Jane's Addiction returns to England to support the European release of "Nothing's Shocking". The band was scheduled to perform an acoustic set following their main set at the kick-off show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, however smoke machines ended up setting off the venue's fire alarms, effectively ending the show before the planned ending.

  • March 4, 1989

    March 4, 1989

    During a show at Barrymores in Ottawa, Ontario, Perry alters the lyrics of Pigs in Zen and begins singing, "The Bouncer is A Pig" in response to a particular bouncer's abuse toward members of the crowd.

  • April 16, 1989

    April 16, 1989

    During a show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Perry Farrell incites the ire of the US Government when, during the band's performance Perry says, "Who's gonna be the first to shoot President Bush? ... I guess I'll have to do it."

  • April 20-29, 1989

    April 20-29, 1989

    Billed as a homecoming for the band, Jane's Addiction performs their first of seven consecutive shows at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles. Originally scheduled for only for shows, three additional dates were added after each show promptly sold out. The band's performance of "L.A. Medley" from the April 28th show is released on versions of singles for "Classic Girl" and "Been Caught Stealing".

  • October/November, 1989

    October/November, 1989

    Jane's Addiction heads back into the studio, this time at Track Record Studios in Los Angeles, to record their second album "Ritual de lo Habitual".

  • July 7, 1990

    July 7, 1990

    Jane's Addiction performs a legendary show at the Forrest Preserve in Mt. Baldy, CA - the same show where footage for the "Stop!" music video is shot. Future Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano is in attendance at this show.

    Photo credit: Tod Goldberg

  • August 21, 1990

    August 21, 1990

    Jane's Addiction releases their second studio album, "Ritual de lo Habitual". That same day, the owners of "Off The Record" in Royal Oak, MI are arrested and charged with "distributing obscene material" for displaying promotional posters of the album. As was the case with their first major label album, many retailers refuse to carry the original album's artwork. In response, the band provided an alternate album cover, quoting Article 1 of the United States Constitution.

  • October 31, 1990

    October 31, 1990

    Jane's Addiction puts on a legendary Halloween show at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The band performs one of their longest concerts ever with a record 19 songs, including nearly the entire "Nothing's Shocking" album. This show is also notable for including the only live performance of Jane's cover of the Grateful Dead's "Ripple".

  • December 18-20, 1990

    December 18-20, 1990

    Jane's Addiction performs three nights in a row at the Hollywood Palladium. During the band's performance on the 18, Perry complains about the crowd throwing things on stage, including at one point a Dr. Martin boot. The following night, at a tapped show, someone throws a Birkenstock on stage and Perry responds, "Oh, there's that same asshole again. I thought it would never come to this. But the guy threw a Birkenstock! I mean this guy is a real moron. He doesn't even understand fashion!" The show on the 19th would be released in its entirety on the "A Cabinet Of Curiosities" box set. The live "Ain't No Right" music video was also shot during this show.

  • January 31, 1991

    January 31, 1991

    Jane's Addiction performs at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. Opening for Jane's is lesser-known Nine Inch Nails. This would be the first of many times the two bands would perform at the same concert.

  • April 24, 1991

    April 24, 1991

    Jane's Addiction makes their second stop during their final tour before Lollapalooza, performing to a sold out crowd of nearly 14,000 fans at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden.

  • June, 1991

    June, 1991

    Tickets for the summer Lollapalooza go on sale. The idea that people would want to attend a large concert event with such a diverse lineup, originally seen as a gamble, quickly was realized as a success. Shows sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale. A handful of additional dates were scheduled that sold equally as fast. Lollapalooza was already a force to be reckoned with.

  • July 18, 1991

    July 18, 1991

    Jane's Addiction headlines the very first Lollapalooza festival at Compton Terrace Amphitheater in Tempe, AZ. The band's set was cut short that night, and relationships in the band were clearly heavily strained. By now, the pending breakup of Jane's Addiction had become public knowledge. Regardless, the band was able to carry on, complete the sold-out tour and help establish Lollapalooza's legendary status.

  • September 26, 1991

    September 26, 1991

    Jane's Addiction plays their final concert before breaking up at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, HI. Due to the immense heat, Perry took off his clothes and performed most of the show in the nude. While Perry drew all the attention, little did many realize that Stephen Perkins was the first to undress, playing the entire concert in the buff!

  • 1992-1996

    Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins join up with Peter DiStefano and future Jane's Addiction bassist Martyn LeNoble, and form Porno For Pyros. Several songs of the band's debut album got their start as Jane's Addiction jams. Perry Farrell also releases his movie Gift, co-directed by Casey Niccoli and featuring music Jane's Addiction. Dave Navarro and Eric Avery record their one-off project, Deconstruction before Dave goes on to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • Feburary 27, 1997

    Feburary 27, 1997

    Flea and Dave Navarro perform with Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins and Peter DiStefano at the premiere of Howard Stern's movie Private Parts at Madison Square Garden. The seeds of a Jane's Addiction reunion were set. When the band was unable to bring Eric Avery back into the fold, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, a longtime friend and fan of the band, stepped up to fill the void.

  • October 18, 1997

    October 18, 1997

    Jane's Addiction, now with Flee on bass, performs their first concert in over six years at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. This was a free show sponsored by KROQ radio in Los Angeles.

  • October 30 & 31, 1997

    October 30 & 31, 1997

    Jane's Addiction kicks off the "I-Itz M'My Party" relapse tour with two nights at the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The second night would be a special Halloween Show that is broadcast live on MTV for the debut episode of their short-lived program "Live From the 10-Spot".

  • November, 1997

    November, 1997

    Kevin Ford and Carter Smith begin filming their documentary on the Jane's Addiction relapse tour titled "Three Days". The film highlighted both the ups and downs of the band's time on the road, showing both the band's epic live performances and glimpses behind the stage with intimate backstage moments.

  • November 4, 1997

    November 4, 1997

    Jane's Addiction releases Kettle Whistle, bringing with it some new touches on previously unreleased classic Jane's Addiction tunes, and a handful of old live tunes out of the vault.

  • November 22, 1997

    November 22, 1997

    Jane's Addiction headlines the 1997 ENIT festival at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco.

  • 1998-2000

    Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro each begin work on their respective solo debuts, while Stephen Perkins focuses on Banyan and numerous other side projects with artists such as Mike Watt and Peter DiStefano.

  • April 26, 2001

    April 26, 2001

    Jane's Addiction performs their first show since 1997, now with Martyn LeNoble on bass, at the Santa Barbara Bowl. In a sort of "passing the torch" moment, relapse bassist Flea joins the band on stage to perform a few songs as well. Talk of a third Jane's Addiction studio album soon follows.

  • October 5, 2001

    October 5, 2001

    Jane's Addiction performs their first concert in Canada in over ten years, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The band continues to highlight the middle of their set by performing a solo song from each of Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro's respective solo albums.

  • October 27, 2001

    October 27, 2001

    Jane's Addiction returns home and performs to a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl. Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano joins the band during their acoustic set to perform the song "Pets".

  • July 18, 2002

    July 18, 2002

    At a concert at Rain In The Desert at the Palms Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, the very first new Jane's Addiction songs since the band's original era are performed. The band would continue to perform and perfect these new songs during their summer tour.

  • July 26, 2002

    July 26, 2002

    Jane's Addiction kicks off their first visit to Asia with a stop at Chamsil Stadium in Seoul, South Korea as part of the "One Hot Day" festival. Two days later they would play the Naeba Ski Resort in Nigata, Japan.

  • August 19, 2002

    August 19, 2002

    Chris Cheney, whom had previously played with Stephen Perkins in Tommy Lee's band Methods of Mayhem, performs his first concert as a member of Jane's Addiction at the Kentish Town Forum in London, England. The band would continue on to play several other European dates throughout the month.

  • January 17, 2003

    January 17, 2003

    Jane's Addiction returns to New Zealand and Australia, for the first time in over ten years, for the kick-off date of the 2003 Big Day Out festival. More new material finds its way into the band's set lists, exciting fans for the band's forthcoming album.

  • July 5, 2003

    July 5, 2003

    Jane's Addiction headlines the kick-off date of Lollapalooza 2003, the first Lollapalooza festival since 1997. Jane's Addiction becomes the first band to ever headline a Lollapalooza tour twice. With a number of dates and venues changed at the last minute, this would be the last year Lollapalooza would use the traveling format.

  • July 22, 2003

    July 22, 2003

    Jane's Addiction releases their long-awaited third studio album, "Strays". Within a month, the album is certified Gold, making it the fastest selling Jane's Addiction album the band has ever released. The band continues to tour in support of the album through 2003, before breaking up again.

  • September 30, 2003

    September 30, 2003

    Jane's Addiction kicks off a six week European tour to promote the release of the "Strays" album with a stop at London's Brixton Academy to appear at the MTV2 5th Birthday Party. Upon returning to the US, the band would play only a handful more shows before splitting up again.

  • 2004-2007

    Taking time away from Jane's Addiction, Perry Farrell and his wife Etty Lau Farrell form a new band called Satellite Party. Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney create their own new band called The Panic Channel.

  • April 23, 2008

    April 23, 2008

    Jane's Addiction is honored at the NME Godlike Genius Award Show at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles. This would be the first show in over sixteen years with Eric Avery performing on Bass. The concert is streamed online via MySpace.

  • October 23 & November 20, 2008

    October 23 & November 20, 2008

    Jane's Addiction returns to their roots and play a pair of small club shows in Los Angeles with Eric Avery on bass. Fans stir with excitement about the realization that, after seventeen long years, the original lineup of Jane's Addiction is working together again.

    Photo credit: Christy Borgman

  • February 16, 2009

    February 16, 2009

    Jane's Addiction plays The Echoplex in Los Angeles, continuing to play small L.A. clubs as they did over twenty years prior. Jane's continues to sound tight as word of the band spending time in the studio swells through their fanbase.

    Photo credit: Christy Borgman

  • March 20, 2009

    March 20, 2009

    The NIN/JA Tour Sampler is released for free online, containing the first studio recordings of the songs "Chip Away" and "Whores", recorded with Eric Avery on bass and produced by Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor.


  • April 11, 2009

    April 11, 2009

    Jane's Addiction performs at "Perry Palooza" at the Mirage's Bare Pool in Las Vegas. This event was a celebration of Perry Farrell's 50th birthday. In addition to Jane's Addiction's set, Perry and Stephen Perkins performed two songs with their fellow Porno For Pyros band mates Peter DiStefano and former Jane's Addiction bassist Martyn LeNoble.

  • April 21, 2009

    April 21, 2009

    Rhino Records released the Jane's Addiction box set A Cabinet Of Curiosities, bringing countless musical gems from the band's rich musical history and giving them a proper release.

  • May 8, 2009

    May 8, 2009

    The NIN/JA tour with Nine Inch Nails and Street Sweeper Social Club kicks off at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. The band begins each show with a clip from the film 1994 "The River Wild" where a character laments about wanting to see Jane's Addiction live. In what many considered an unexpected move, yet also a display of his respect for the band, Trent Reznor gives Jane's Addiction the headlining slot during the spring tour.

    Photo credit: Jill Selke

  • August 9, 2009

    August 9, 2009

    Jane's Addiction headlines their third Lollapalooza festival, their second with the band's original lineup. The band becomes the only band to headline three separate Lollapalooza festivals.

    Photo credit: Christy Borgman

  • February 20, 2010

    February 20, 2010

    Jane's Addiction heads back to Australia to take part in the kick off date at the RNA Showgrownds in Brisbane for the 2010 Soundwave Festival. This would be the last set of shows the original lineup would make before Eric Avery leaves the band again.

  • March 30, 2010

    March 30, 2010

    Jane's Addiction makes their first appearance with former Guns 'N Roses bassist Duff McKagan at a celebration for Perry Farrell's 51st birthday. Neither the band's scheduled performance, nor the appearance of Duff was announced ahead of time.

  • May 5, 2010

    May 5, 2010

    At a special Cinco De Mayo concert, Duff McKagan makes his first public appearance as the bassist for Jane's Addiction. During this show's sound check, the band played a new track "Broken People", a track that was officially released on the new Jane's Addiction album The Great Escape Artist.

    Photo credit: Erik Selke

  • July 2, 2010

    July 2, 2010

    Jane's Addiction gives back to their fans and plays an intimate show at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. Addressing that some of their past small shows were hard for fans to attend, the band goes to great lengths to ensure the majority of the tickets for the event are made available just to fans.

  • October 17, 2010

    October 17, 2010

    Chris Chaney rejoins Jane's Addiction as the band's touring bassist at a charity event for Stand Up For Skateparks. This marks Chris' first appearance with the band since 2003.

  • March 31, 2011

    March 31, 2011

    Jane's Addiction debuts their newest single, "End To The Lies" at Puerto Madero in Buenos Aries, Argentina. This concert would also mark the band's first appearance in South America.

  • April 3, 2011

    April 3, 2011

    Jane's Addiction headlines the inaugural Lollapalooza Chile festival at Parque O'Higgins in Santiago. The band also appears on Chilean radio Radio Futuro 88.9 to premiere a near-final mix of "End To The Lies" on the La Ley del Roc radio show. The final mix of the single would be released four days later.

  • July 25, 2011

    July 25, 2011

    At a special LG sponsored private concert at Terminal 5 in New York City, Jane's Addiction performs a concert that was used to create the "first ever user-generated 3D concert", which was later streamed on YouTube. This show also marks the live debut of the new Jane's Addiction single "Irresistible Force", which would be released as a single a week later.

  • October 18, 2011

    October 18, 2011

    Jane's Addiction releases their fourth studio album, The Great Escape Artist.

  • January 9, 2012

    January 9, 2012

    The first dates of the THEATRE OF THE ESCAPISTS Tour 2012 are announced.

  • February 5, 2012

    February 5, 2012

    Jane’s Addiction performs at the Rolling Stone Tailgate Party for the Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, IN. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots duked it out and the Giants were victorious, winning 20-17.

  • Feburary 22, 2012

    Feburary 22, 2012

    This marks the inaugural show of the THEATRE OF THE ESCAPISTS Tour in St. Louis, MO at The Pageant. Jane’s Addiction performs fan favorites such as "Classic Girl" and "I Would For You" in over twenty years.

  • February 24, 2012

    February 24, 2012

    Detroit, MI at The Fillmore

  • February 25, 2012

    February 25, 2012

    Columbus, OH at LC Pavilion

  • February 27, 2012

    February 27, 2012

    Toronto, ON at Massey Hall

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

  • AUGUST 4 2012

    AUGUST 4 2012

    Lollapalooza AfterParty at the historical Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.