Steve Perkins talks about the birth, the breakup, and the rebirths of Jane's Addiction.

Jane's Addiction might be the seminal alternative band. Coming out of Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, Jane's Addiction brought together the sounds of punk, metal, New Wave, and even the Grateful Dead to create a new aesthetic. In 1991, their farewell tour gave rise to the Lollapalooza festival, which united what bandleader Perry Farrell called "freaks"-artists as diverse as Ice-T and Henry Rollins were on the first bill-and forged a new sense of "alternative culture." Jane's Addiction has reunited several times since then and, last year, released a new album with the help of Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio. City Paper caught up with Stephen...