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Jane Says

Jane's Addiction members form new group, sans Farrell -- Steve Isaacs of L.A. rockers Skycycle is the frontman of the unnamed band, which officially parted ways this week with the Lollapalooza founder

It's been a rough week for Perry Farrell. First, this summer's edition of the Lollapalooza tour, which he founded and organized, is scrapped due to poor ticket sales. And now, his recently reunited band, the seminal Jane's Addiction, is splitting, this time apparently for good. So wrote Jane's guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Chris Chaney in a post on Navarro's website this week, saying, ''It simply didn't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now.'' Where they are now: forming a new quartet with a frontman who is not Farrell.

Jane's Addiction regrouped in 2001, after a long hiatus. Last summer, they released ''Strays,'' their first album in more than a decade, selling a modest 360,000 copies, and last year toured as headliners of Lollapalooza. ''We really gave it everything we had this time and we actually made a really great record after so many years of silence,'' Navarro, Perkins, and Chaney wrote. As for why their reunion didn't last, they cited ''so many reasons. Some of them over 15 years old, some of them new and none of them worth mentioning. Maybe we are just a volatile combination. Maybe that is why we were so great. Sometimes the best creative relationships are the most combustible and they aren't meant to last forever."

Billboard reports that the three musicians have started a new, still-unnamed band with Steve Isaacs, singer for L.A. rockers Skycycle, and that they've begun recording with producer Danny Saber, who worked with Navarro on his 2001 release ''Trust No One.'' In a statement on his own website, Isaacs insisted that he was not just replacing Farrell as Jane's lead singer but fronting a new band. ''Dave, Stephen, and Chris and I are just taking some time to do what is the most fun thing in the world to do -- make music and write songs,'' he wrote.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004