Jane’s Addiction stopped by The Paramount in Huntington in support of its Theatre of the Escapists tour. These alternative purveyors of the perverse continue to deliver high energy and engaging performances that put many new, and much younger, bands to shame.
Jane’s Addiction seem revitalized following the release of their latest album, The Great Escape Artist. Four of the 15 songs from Jane’s Addiction’s set came from The Great Escape Artist, including the opener “Underground.” Considering that their previous album, Strays, is only represented by “Just Because,” is a testament to how proud Jane’s is of their newest offering.
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Perry Farrell continues to be a man possessed on stage, constantly interacting and putting on one hell of a performance. Dave Navarro is the definition of a led guitarist. Oozing sex appeal and effortlessly ripping off solos. Stephen Perkins acts as an anchor to the madness but delivers some great moments in his own rights behind the drum kit. While we may all wish for the days of Eric Avery, Chris Chaney holds his own and hearing that opening riff of “Mountain Song” still thrills to this day.
The perversity and sheer sexuality of Jane’s Addiction is translated wonderfully on stage thanks to two large naked pinup statues, sexual imagery and burlesque dancers performing some bondage inspired numbers. It’s just another day at the office for Jane’s Addiction where seedy people, violence, naked women and sexuality are a daily routine.
Unlike most cash grabs, this tour by Jane’s Addiction feels like a band that wants to be out there and still has creativity and energy to spare. Even while playing the same hits that they have been playing for over 20 years continue to bristle with that dangerous energy that only Jane’s Addiction could pull off. While I would love to hear a non-acoustic take of “Jane Says,” it’s a fun moment to sing along to and all the fans would agree with that.
Pulsing with two vital energies of the human spirit, it’s hard not to get swept up in all that Jane’s Addiction has to offer. Fans were crowd surfing, clothing was thrown on stage and everyone was sweaty and in harmony with one another. It’s a testament to how progressive Jane’s Addiction was way back in 1987 with the release of their self-titled live debut. Their influence would be felt for years to come and probably well after they stop being a band thanks to Lollapalooza becoming a destination festival.
As “Ocean Size” hit and the band said its farewell, the Theatre of the Escapists proved just that. For the entire time Jane’s Addiction was on stage, nothing mattered and everyone escaped and lived in the sweet, sadistic and sexual world they had created.
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Jane’s Addiction The Paramount Set List
Been Caught Stealing¬†
Ain’t No Right¬†
Ted, Just Admit It…¬†
I Would For You¬†
Words Right Out of My Mouth¬†