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Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction talk about UPROAR, TV

Published September 9, 2013 11:05 am

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Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins has known Alice in Chains, which makes the pairing of the two headliners at the UPROAR festival even sweeter.

The bands shared the same producer, Dave Jerden, on their earliest albums, and when Alice in Chains arrived in Los Angeles to record its 1990 debut "Facelift," the band stayed at Perkins' house for two weeks. Alice in Chains even borrowed Perkins' drum kit for the recording.

Later that decade, Perkins played drums for a supergroup called Class of '99 that featured the last recorded performance of Alice in Chains' first lead singer, Layne Staley, in a song for the soundtrack for the film "The Faculty."

As for Jane's Addiction, Perkins has been with band members Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro for every reunion of the band — in 1997, 2001, and 2008. "I met Dave when I was 13, and Perry when I was 17," Perkins said. "There's a trust, and no sand covering any of the personalities. They know you, and you know them ... We believe in the music, and we believe in the art."

Jane's Addiction is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark major-label debut "Nothing's Shocking" this year, but they are by no means a nostalgia act. The band released the well-received album "The Great Escape Artist" in 2011, the band's first album since 2003's "Strays." "Great musicians aren't bored," Perkins said. "They're still hungry."

Another Jane's Addiction member, Dave Navarro, told The Tribune that he has been friends with Alice in Chains for more than 20 years, and the current tour feels like a reunion among friends. In fact, he said, "being on the road is more comfortable than home." With Jane's Addiction only playing about an hour-long set each tour stop, "Exhaustion is not an issue ... I find it not as physically exhausting [as part tours]."

When not reconnecting with friends on the tour, Navaro said he can be found in his tour bus, catching up on the last season of one of his favorite shows, "Breaking Bad." (He is such a super-fan that he has a tattoo of the face of Heisenberg on his forearm, the meth-making alter ego of Walter White on the show.) Navarro has even appeared as a guest on an AMC companion show called "Talking Dead" about the TV series "The Walking Dead." "TV has gotten so good," he said, adding that he also loves "The Newsroom" and "The Killing."

Navarro, a frequent guest in Utah when the Sundance Film Festival is going on, is also four years into making his first documentary, which he describes as "overcoming trauma, in a nutshell."

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR FestivalFeat: Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, The Dead Daisies, and moreWhen • Monday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m.Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley CityTickets • $20 to $74 up until Aug. 29; $25 to $79 after Aug. 29; at SmithsTix