October 30, 2013 Hollywood, CA
It was my honor and privilege to attend and photograph a piece of Rock n Roll history on October 30, 2013- Jane’s Addiction’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony! The placement couldn’t be more perfect- right in front of Playmates- 6436 Hollywood Blvd!
Helping Jane’s Addiction (Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins & Chris Chaney) unveil the star were President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce- Leron Gubler, John Densmore of the Doors, John Doe of X and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. In attendance supporting the band were countless family, friends and fans.
You can see the ceremony here: http://walkoffame.com/
Jane’s Addiction formed in 1985 and grew like wild fire in the local LA scene and went on to revolutionize and then to influence countless acts to follow them. They didn’t look like anyone else and they sure didn’t sound like anyone else! At the height of their meteoric rise, they broke up in 1991. Their farewell tour coincided with the creation of Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza Festival, although the original line-up played beyond the festival’s run. The last show with the original line-up was in Honolulu on September 26, 1991. They’ve reunited off and on since 1997 and have also been involved in off-shoot projects: Satellite Party, Panic Channel, HellRide, Camp Freddy, Banyan to name some…
Besides a musical legacy, the band is also involved in supporting many charities including: Music Cares, Music Education, Los Angeles Youth Network, Grammy Foundation, Until There’s a Cure, PETA, Tony Hawk’s Foundation- Stand Up For Skateparks, Guitar Center On-Stage Program and Global Cool.
This band is very near and dear to my heart. I grew up on the East Coast and always felt drawn to the West. I fell in love with Los Angeles before I ever set foot here. It was due to the music of two bands…Jane’s Addiction and the Doors. Although they have completely different sounds, they evoke similar feelings in me. They have unique sounds. They are mysterious, smart, sexy, dangerous, compelling and they seem keep time with the heartbeat of Los Angeles. When I first heard Jane’s Addiction, I fell in love and I knew that I just had to be in LA…where my misfit soul would find a brotherhood of kindred spirits. The minute I stepped off the train at Union Station I knew I made the right choice. With “Obvious” playing in my ear phones, “…fools don’t fit in the boots that I tread in” echoed as I walked down Alameda for the first time and eventually ended up in Hollywood. I love Jane’s Addiction and I love LA! Thank you, boys!