Guitarist Dave Navarro (JANE'S ADDICTION, CAMP FREDDY, THE PANIC CHANNEL) was recently asked by a fan via Dave's official web site if he has had a chance to sit down and listen to GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", all the way through and what his thoughts on it were. "Yes," Navarro replied. "I have to say that I pretty much love it. The way I have been describing it has been 70% awesome and 30% really weird, but after a few listens the weird becomes awesome again. I don't know if it's the songs or the fact that I just enjoy hearing that guy's [Axl Rose] voice or both, but I am a fan. It's not GN'R as we know it. It feels more like an Axl solo record, probably because as music lovers we were able to get a feel for the old GN'R dynamics and the personalities of each member in the band. I know very little about this band so it's hard to connect with each member sonically like I did before. People have been commenting on how long it took to make, but I kind of don't believe he was working on all THESE songs the whole time. I'm sure there have been versions, stuff that got scrapped, breaks, lineup changes, personal time. I'm speculating, of course, but having worked on so many projects, I know that there are a million things that go down before you even decide on the track listing."
The original lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION played another tiny venue in Los Angeles last month. Following on the heels of October's near-impossible-to-get-into engagement at downtown's La Cita, the band performed at Silverlake's El Cid on November 20.
JANE'S ADDICTION, including founding bassist Eric Avery, did reunite for a four-song set at the NME Awards USA in Los Angeles last April, where they were presented with the Godlike Genius Award.
The band has reunited twice before, in 1997 and 2001, but without Avery. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea, Chris Chaney and Martyn LeNoble all took turns in the lineup.