Jane's Addiction is finishing up work on a new studio album, "Hypersonic," and plans to release it early next summer via Warner Bros. The disc is the band's first proper studio set since 1990's "Ritua

Jane's Addiction is finishing up work on a new studio album, "Hypersonic," and plans to release it early next summer via Warner Bros. The disc is the band's first proper studio set since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual" and is being produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed) at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M Studios) in Los Angeles. The group has also scheduled two West Coast dates for late December, to be followed by a previously announced stint on the Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"We have had an amazing time creating [our latest album] with our new friends of the Jane's Addiction family, producer Bob Ezrin and his partner Brian Virtue," posts guitarist Dave Navarro on the band's official Web site. "Bob has a unique and most welcomed perspective in terms of getting the very best out of us as creators and players."

"I think that the combined energies of Bob, Brian, and all of us in Jane's Addiction has made this time in the band's career the most comfortable and enjoyable it has ever been," Navarro continues. "We have never been happier, freer, and more unified."

Jane's has also added a new bassist, with Chris Chaney (Alanis Morissette, Andrew W.K.) taking over for the recently departed Martyn LeNoble, who had also previously played with frontman Perry Farrell in Porno For Pyros. According to Navarro, "Chris has definitely stepped up to the plate and has been a key factor in helping us expand our creative vision and enthusiasm."

"The album should be out early next summer," Navarro promises, "so we can all look forward to meeting up as we embark upon a world tour in 2003."

Farrell, Navarro, and drummer Stephen Perkins have recorded together just once since the group's initial demise in 1991, when they reassembled with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to cut a handful of new songs for the 1997 odds-and-ends set "Kettle Whistle." Original bassist Eric Avery has remained absent from Jane's Addiction's various reunion tours.

Here are Jane's Addiction's forthcoming dates:

Dec. 28: Denver (Fillmore)
Dec. 31: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Jan. 17: Auckland (Ericsson Stadium)
Jan. 19: Gold Coast, Australia (Parklands)
Jan. 25: Sydney (Showground)
Jan. 26: Sydney (Enmore Theatre)
Jan. 27: Melbourne (RAS Showgrounds)
Jan. 30: Melbourne (Metro)
Jan. 31: Adelaide, Australia (RAS Showgrounds)
Feb. 2: Perth, Australia (Claremont Showgrounds)