Jane's Addiction's highly anticipated reunion tour got off to a rough start for frontman Perry Farrell when he tore a calf muscle during the first song of the group's set May 10 at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre.
But considering he had waited 18 years to tour with the original lineup of his band, Farrell wasn't about to let a little pain get in the way of the group's return.
He didn't miss a show, and in a mid-May phone interview, said he was coping just fine — thanks to the miracle of modern pharmaceuticals.
"They (doctors) actually told me to kind of work through it so the muscles don't knot up," Farrell said. "They told me moving around isn't such a bad thing — and they gave me some great meds."
Jane's Addiction's current tour (with Nine Inch Nails, no less) is not the first time fans have seen a version of the influential band come back to life. But it's never been the original lineup until now.
Following the band's split in 1991, Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins reunited for a reunion tour in 1997, with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers filling the bass slot that had been held by Eric Avery.
The group then went its separate ways once again until 2001, when a more extensive reunion came together, this time with Martyn Lenoble (who had been in Farrell's first post-Jane's Addiction band, Porno For Pyros) and later Chris Chaney filling in for Avery. The Chaney lineup lasted long enough to make a 2003 studio CD, "Strays," before coming apart in 2004.
Farrell went on to form a new group, Satellite Party, but always held out hope that the original Jane's Addiction would one day get together again.