History has a habit of repeating itself and not for the first time, founding member Eric Avery has walked out on Jane's Addiction. Claiming the "experiment is at an end," the remaining members of the band have vowed to continue and have drafted in the bottom-end services of erstwhile Guns N'Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan.
Having completed an Australian tour in Perth on Monday (Mar. 1), Avery announced on Twitter that his days with Jane's Addiction were over.
"That's it with equal parts regret and relief," he wrote.
It's been clear that all hasn't been well within the band. In addition to using his Twitter account to count down the days of the Australian tour, the bassist had been absent from recent group shots as well as revealing that he wasn't a part of the writing process.
The response from Jane's Addiction has been cryptic to say the least, with singer Perry Farrell writing, "Slipping out of that shell of a past. Wow we're on to something faster now. And so worth the wait." No, we're not sure what that means either.
Avery previously quit Jane's Addiction in 1991 and he refused to take part in their first reunion of 1999-2004. His place was then taken by a succession of bassists including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea.
Jane's Addiction are reported to be writing new material with Duff McKagan which is likely to form the basis of the follow-up o 2003's 'Strays'. Avery is thought to be pursuing a solo career.