Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins on Writing With Duff McKagan

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This week Jane’s Addiction will release ‘The Great Escape Artist,’ their fourth studio album since they formed in the late ’80s. Produced by Rich Costey (Atreyu, Muse), the 10-song collection finds the legendary Los Angeles band collaborating with bassists Duff McKagan and Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and coming up with easily their best work since the ’90s.

Since the veteran rockers’ last studio album was 2003’s ‘Strays.’ Noisecreep asked Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins why there was such a long gap in between that release and ‘The Great Escape Artist.’

“The truth is that the friendships within the band have to be really solid for us to be able to get into a studio and concentrate to make a great record. This new album took a year and a half to finish. We don’t work that fast [laughs]. So yeah, it’s really about where we are as friends. We would never do anything with this band just for the money. “Here’s a million dollars, go out and tour.” No, I don’t think so.

“That’s why we keep breaking up. We think life is too short for us to go on a tour hating each other. There are so many other great musicians to play with and be around, than just do something to make money. I love these guys. I met them when I was 13. It’s just not always the right time for us to do a Jane’s album,” admits Perkins.

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Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins on Writing With Duff McKagan

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