Eric Avery. That name has been a pretty big part of my life, since first hearing Jane's Addiction in the late 80s in high school. The bass lines that he created, and the intensity that he brought to Jane's, made him one of the hugest influences of my own musical career.
For those of you that don't really know the story of the band over the last couple of years, I'll give you a quick rundown. Since breaking up in 1991, they have reunited three times - each time with a different bass player. In 2008, Britain's NME magazine presented Jane's with an achievement award, and it was enough to bring Eric back into the band. Shortly after the NME show, the band attempted to work on new material with Nine Inch Nails' maestro, Trent Reznor. When sessions didn't spark much creative output, the band decided to take it out on the road with Nine Inch Nails. As soon as the tour ended, Eric Avery quit again. A lot of fans wanted to know... what the hell happened?
Luckily for us, Sonny - over at Jane's fan mecca, xiola.org - conducted a series of candid interviews with Eric. The interviews primarily focus on the events that led to him rejoining through his departure and aftermath. At times it is a hilarious look at the inner workings of Perry Farrell and company, but at the same time, it saddened me greatly to know that something that was once so beautiful, could never really take place again.
So, if you have some free time, below is Part 1 of 16.