Coming off two roof-raising sold-out shows last week at Irving Plaza in New York City (October 17-18) as part of a special small venue run that also brought the band to Chicago and Los Angeles, JANE’S ADDICTION — frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass — performed a new song, “Underground”, last night (Monday, October 24) on CBS-TV‘s “Late Show With David Letterman”. Video footage of their appearance can be seen below.
JANE’S ADDICTION‘s new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, is likely to sell between 25,000 and 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on October 18 via Capitol.
“The Great Escape Artist” is JANE’S ADDICTION‘s first all-new studio effort since 2003’s “Strays”, and is only their fourth album of original material in 20 years. Like other bands that have reunited in recent years such as BLINK-182, the members of JANE’S ADDICTION recorded a lot of the album in separate studios. Drummer Stephen Perkins told The Pulse Of Radio why this worked in JANE’S‘ favor. “Back in the day, we spent all our time together playing,” he said. “Now we have a big pie. JANE’S is just a slice of that pie. But we still want to work and be efficient musicians, so hey, you can’t make it to Burbank, you’re in Santa Monica? I’ll send you the tracks, let’s get to work. So it is still just as raw and as emotional as being in the same room together, but it also lets, I guess, a more efficient way of making the record nowadays that we have different things going on in our life.”
Dave Sitek of TV ON THE RADIO played bass on and co-produced the new record, while Chris Chaney has returned as touring bassist.
Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan also contributed to the album and has songwriting credits on three songs.