Alice In Chains, Coheed and Cambria, Walking Papers & More Celebrate Jane’s Addiction
By: Rick Florino
Jane’s Addiction didn’t just change rock ‘n’ roll; they also changed the world’s idea of a festival. The roving Lollapalooza is the blueprint for everything from the UPROAR festival to the Mayhem Festival. Perry Farrell’s vision has exceeded even the records and expanded into the way fans perceive touring and what they expect from a fest.
This year, Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains are performing on the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and keeping that spirit in mind. However, musically, Jane’s have exerted quite the impact on the entire lineup.
So, UPROAR’s Rick Florino spoke to Alice In Chains, Walking Papers, Coheed and Cambria, and more about the impact and Jane’s Addiction for this exclusive feature.
When did you first get into Jane’s Addiction? Can you share your thoughts on the band or a story?
Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains
Jerry Cantrell: I’ve always had so much respect and admiration for Jane’s Addiction. I can’t forget those early days when they would roll through Seattle. They were just so fucking badass. Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual were crucial to me, man. I saw them at The Moore Theatre back in the day and I just thought, “What in the fuck is this?” It was that good.
Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains
Sean Kinney: They changed the game. Their records hold up. I really love them. There’s nobody like Jane’s Addiction.
Duff McKagan of Walking Papers
Duff McKagan: I don’t remember the first time I heard them, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. Playing with those guys was great, and we’ve been buddies forever. They’re great guys! It’s fun being on tour with them.
Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria
Claudio Sanchez: I’m not entirely sure when I first heard Jane’s Addiction. I’m pretty sure a friend of mine introduced me to them. Actually, it was probably the singer of the band I was playing in at the time. It had to either have been something off of Nothing’s Shocking like “Summertime Rolls” maybe. Travis [Stever, Coheed and Cambria guitarist] may have had a t-shirt or something. I remember that image of the Siamese twins on the rocking chair. I was like, “Okay, what is this?” That was it!
Zack Lopez of Middle Class Rut
Zack Lopez: I first heard them in junior high. Sean was obsessed with Jane’s Addiction. He had the shirts and the posters. I liked them, but they weren’t in my top bands of the nineties at the time. I got into them way more later. They were Sean’s band when we were kids for a long time. I heard them mostly from him. They’re fucking awesome. They have a great catalog. There all kinds of weird movies and shit you can dig into. They’re a super interesting band. We get that comparison all the time. It blew my mind to think we were in a band that made people say, “You guys sound like Jane’s Addiction.” We’re flattered to hear a comparison to such a great band.
Charlie Cosser of Charming Liars
Charlie Cosser: We’re huge Jane’s Addiction fans. We can’t believe we’re on the same bill as they are. We’ve grown to respect them as we’ve gotten older. They’ve influenced a lot of the bands we grew up listening to. We’re stoked to watch them. In the UK, we have MTV2 as well. Back in the day, when it was a lot more rock-focused, we had Headbangers Ball. I must’ve been thirteen or fourteen-years-old, and “Jane Says” was one of the first songs of theirs I’d ever heard. They played it on MTV. I was like, “What the fuck is this? This is great!”