FLEA FLEES!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist needs to spend more time on his own group's new album...

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist FLEA has pulled out of the forthcoming JANE’S ADDICTIONreunion tour.

According to US reports, Flea will has pulled out of the shows, due to start on April 25 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, so as to spend more time working on the follow-up to his band’s ‘Californication’ album.

Jane’s Addiction were due to play that date, as well as a headline appearance at the Coachella Festival on April 28, but it now looks more like the band will embark on a major tour across the US titled Jubilee.

Speaking to MTV news, guitarist Dave Navarro said that the tour will be “like a travelling circus”.

He said: “We’re going to be taking out a show. It’s probably going to have different influences coming together and creating an ensemble, more like a travelling circus – whereas in most circuses there isn’t much of a headliner, but there’s a lot of things. Some people like the trapeze. Some people like the clowns.”

Elsewhere, speaking to the LA Times, vocalist Perry Farrell was keen to distance the shows from his infamous Lollapalooza travelling festivals of the early ’90s. He said: “It could be deceptive to associate this with Lollapalooza. I have an image of what this can look like and it’s different. It won’t be spread out in big amphitheaters like Lollapalooza was. I’m not looking to grab the top three acts off the radio like Lollapalooza did. And I want to bring in a party committee the way electronica event organisers do.”

A spokesperson for Perry Farrell said there are currently no plans for Jane’s Addiction to play shows in the UK.