On Monday night, the
band found itself back at the scene of some of its original crimes. Watch videos from the show, below.
BY JOSE MARTINEZ
There’s something special about seeing Jane’s Addiction in
its hometown of Los Angeles.
Singer Perry Farrell revels in the band’s decadent Hollywood
underbelly roots. Declaring the group as “native sons” during the first of two
sold out shows at the John Anson Ford Theatre Monday night (Oct. 3) Farrell,
flanked by guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris
Chaney, in lieu of original member Eric Avery, aptly played the part of
exuberant party host.
Revisiting its local roots, the band last played the Hollywood venue in 1989 during a series of sold out headlining
concerts titled Ritual de lo Habitual, in support of the band’s groundbreaking Nothing Shocking release. Twenty-two
years later, Jane’s Addiction, older and outwardly more grounded, played as
intense as ever.
With Pink Floyd as the band’s intro, Jane’s Addiction took
the stage and tore into “Whores” from its live indie debut. With the return of
Chaney (who played on the band’s 2003 release Strays) to the fold, the group was able to include fan favorite
“Just Because” into its set.
Wearing a spiffy, form-fitting gray suit, Farrell looked
more “Mad Men” chic than Hollywood rocker,
although you’d never catch the show’s Don Draper with dangling suspenders. With
wine bottle in hand, more of a necessity than a prop, Farrell stated during the
band’s 75-minute set that he had to be up at 7 a.m. the following morning to
dress his kids and take them to school. Times have changed.
While the news songs off the band’s upcoming The Great Escape Artist didn’t satisfy
like classic tracks from the Jane’s catalog, I could have done without “End of
the Lies” and “Irresistible Force” if it meant getting “Summertime Rolls” and a
dozen other favorites. The “L.A. Medley” (L.A. Woman / Lexicon Devil / Nausea),
which the band used to play back in the day, was a rousing treat. With lovely
nymphs scattered in the landscape behind the stage and sexy dominatrix-looking
dancers onstage (see video below for proof), a Jane’s Addiction soiree with Farrell as host is the kind of
party where you don’t want to leave your drink unattended, and while you may
have regrets the morning after, you have to admit it was all so worth it.
Having played two sold out club shows in Chicago
before the band’s hometown gigs, Jane’s Addiction will next play New York City’s Irving
Plaza for two sold out
nights October 17 and 18.
Ain’t No Right
Ted, Just Admit It
Been Caught Stealing
End of the Lies
L.A. Medley (L.A. Woman / Lexicon Devil / Nausea)