Poor Jane’s Addiction. After longtime bassist Eric Avery quit the band pack in early March, it seemed like they had found a new musical brother in Duff McKagan, formerly of Guns N’ Roses, who made his live debut with the band during Perry Farrell’s birthday celebration. Alas, though, all good things must come to an end. According to SlicingUpEyeballs.com, Farrell announced, via Twitter, that McKagan and the band had parted ways. Le sigh.
In the mysterious tweet, Farrell wrote, “Janes wishes Duff much luck with his band Loaded. What a fun time we all had working together. Look out for his record and tour this fall. In terms of more official news, in an email to Billboard, the band wrote, “Hey we wanted to thank Duff for helping us write songs for our new record. We love the songs we worked on with him — and the gigs were a blast — but musically we were all headed in different directions.”
If you’re a big McKagan fan, you may have seen this coming as he’s been touting his band Loaded for some time, writing in his recent Seattle Weekly column that “It is time to start routing a (Loaded) tour for next spring and summer. McKagan had also written that it was his desire to get Loaded signed to a label for a long-term record deal.
As always, stay tuned for more news, including any word from McKagan. Also, if you’re a bass player who loves Jane’s Addiction, now might be your time to make your dreams come true. For a month or two, at least.