A tour will follow, but it's unclear who will play bass. Sitek is the fourth person to play bass in the past year for the band. In the summer of 2009 they reunited with original bassist Eric Avery, but he quit after an Australian tour in early 2010. "Eric did not want to record," says Farrell. "So we took him out of the equation. We couldn't live with not recording." (For Avery's side of the story, see video interviews with him here.)
Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan replaced Avery, but he left playing a handful of shows with the band. "I couldn't really tell you what his problem was," says Farrell. "You can ask him. He's calling it 'creative differences.' I know he didn't like the idea of electronics at all. That was his complaint. We've got our gripes too, but what's the point?"
Chris Chaney, who played bass with Jane's on their 2003 disc Strays, sat in for a recent New Year's Eve show, but Farrell says he probably won't rejoin the group on a full-time basis. "I've got some ideas," says Farrell. "Amongst them would be Dave Sitek. He's not a guy that likes to go on tours though, so we haven't decided who it will be yet."
Even if Sitek doesn't join the band on tour, Farrell is confident that his contributions to the the new LP will be enough of a gift to the fans. "I want our songs to have a groove impact and hit you like an atom bomb," he says. "We've been doing that, so I feel like I'll die happy after this record."
Jane's Addiction have had countless public spats over the years, and they've broken up three different times — but Farrell says that things are relatively smooth these days. "Dave and Steve and I are like brothers," he says. "I've got children and my kid smacked my other kid in the head this morning, but at the same time they hate being separated. On a plane one will say, 'I wanna sit with my brother.' That's how I feel about Dave and Steve. I hope they'd tell you the same thing."
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