When Metallica underwent group therapy in Some Kind of Monster, they ended up losing bassist Jason Newsted and making St. Anger. Perhaps they really needed a fellow rocker instead of an “enhancement coach.” Apparently, Jane’s Addiction’s reunion with original bassist Eric Avery has been marred by constant infighting, but Trent Reznor, their most recent producer and upcoming tourmate, has been trying to mediate the friction.
“[Reznor] did his best to be both producer and psychologist,” Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell told Reuters. “He was very respectful, trying to get out of the way and not overproduce. I wish honestly he would’ve produced a little more, but he was a little gun shy after seeing us explode on each other in the studio. He became the referee for a day and after that day I think he was done.”
As the mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails, Reznor probably isn’t used to breaking up fights (if bands were governments, NIN would likely be a monarchy). Was the feuding in the studio the reason they ended up with just an EP? Perhaps, but Ferrell doesn’t really mind a little drama. “If my band didn’t have issues, if they didn’t throw tantrums, I would think I was with a bunch of suckers,” he said.
See Dr. Trent, sometimes you have to let fighting rock stars fight. For more from Reuters about Jane’s Addiction’s plans to release free music and Ferrell’s thoughts on the Led Zeppelin reunion, click here.