Dave Sitek Joins Jane’s Addiction

It’s not surprising to hear ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan used rock ‘n’ roll’s “creative differences” remove himself from the new Jane’s Addiction album. (Remember, he replaced Eric Avery in April.) More surprising: He’s been replaced by TV On The Radio’s Maximum Balloonist Dave Sitek, who’s reportedly helping write some of the bass parts he’ll play. Perry Farrell’s official statement on the followup to 2003’s Strays is pretty vague, very hokey: “Dave, Steve, and I are fully immersed in the process of making modern music. It has been a great experience thus far, and the results have so much potential.” The album’s being produced by Rich Costey, but since Sitek’s in the room, it’d be easy enough imagining him turning some knobs. That’s conjecture on my part. Speaking of which, NME says it “seems unlikely” Sitek will tour with the band: “When Jane’s Addiction played a New Year’s Eve show in Aspen, Colorado, Chris Chaney, a former full-time member of the band, played bass.”