Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will not participate in two upcoming Jane’s Addiction reunion shows this month, including a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 28 in Indio, Calif. Jane’s frontman Perry Farrell tells the Los Angeles Times that the gigs will presage a long-rumored larger tour, to be part of his Jubilee festival tour this summer. Flea will instead focus his energies on a slew of Chili Peppers live dates this summer and work on a new studio album, according to a band spokesperson.
Martyn Le Noble, who played with Farrell and Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins in Porno For Pyros, will occupy the bass slot. Jane’s Addiction has been inactive since its 1997 “Relapse” tour, which featured Flea on bass alongside Farrell, Perkins, and guitarist Dave Navarro.
As previously reported, both Farrell and Navarro have solo projects due in the coming months. Farrell’s Virgin debut, “Song Yet to be Sung,” drops on June 19, while Navarro’s long overdue album under the moniker Spread is scheduled for release sometime this summer.