- Posted on Jun 2nd 2011 4:00PM by Steve Baltin
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"Nirvana often gets credit for being the first 'alternative' band to break through, the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the '80's," Morello said. "That's just not true. It was Jane's Addiction: Inspiring, intelligent, furiously rocking and artistically deep as f---."
Afterward, Jane's frontman Farrell quipped, "That speech made me sound so damn good, I don't need to look in the mirror ever again. Just play that over and over every morning."
The honor was especially moving for Navarro, and not just because it came from Guitar Center. "Instantly when I first heard we were going to be honored here at the RockWalk I thought of coming here 10-plus years ago to witness Jimmy Page's induction," Navarro told Spinner. "And just to be uttered in the same breath as Led Zeppelin is an honor enough, but now to be permanently embedded in cement beside one of my hugest influences is probably one of those dreams coming true that you didn't know you had."
For drummer Perkins, the tribute was more about where the band members, who have famously had their differences in the past, are today. "There is something kind of inspiring about it because this band does feel fresh again," he told us. I feel like the band is in this great place of meeting [TV on the Radio's] Dave Sitek and working with [producer Rich] Costey and going through the squeeze of the last year with Duff [McKagan] and other things it really made us a union again. With Eric [Avery], it was great, but it wasn't meant to be. With Duff it was a square in a circle; he's amazing, but it wasn't the right fit. And now I feel like we were forced after Duff split to band together and make decisions, so there's a great momentum that's building in the band and the positive energy of making new music and going home and being proud of it."
Perkins is referring to their forthcoming album, 'The Great Escape Artist,' due in August. The band will be touring behind the record and is teaming up with Guitar Center to give a young group the chance to serve as the opening act. The thought of an up-and-coming band sharing the stage with its heroes brought back memories for Navarro of some of Jane's earliest treks. "When we were offered a tour with Iggy Pop in the late '80s, playing with Love and Rockets, all of us were huge Love and Rockets and Bauhaus fans. Psychedelic Furs and the Ramones, some of these bands that we grew up truly adoring and being on the bill with them was an incredible dream come true," he said. And now he's happy to give another band that shot. "What they're doing here at Guitar Center, this opportunity for young bands, is essential. It should happen more often because we love being able to give back to the younger bands."
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