1986.08.20 The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA REVIEW CONFIRMATION

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1986.08.20 The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA REVIEW CONFIRMATION

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Music Connection
11/24 - 12/14/86

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Jane's Addiction, The Roxy, West Hollywood

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The players: Perry Farrell, lead vocals; Dave Navarro, guitar; Eric Avery, bass, Stephen Perkins,drums.
Material: driven by pulsating rhythms and a bonedaddys-inspired psychotic tempo, Jane's addiction takes it's audience into a whirling, drug-induced state of (un)consciousness. Experimenting with wild, head-spinning sounds reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, the group refuses to slow down their white-knuckler ride long enough for the squeamish to jump off. It's earth-shaking guitar vibrato, coupled with screaming Steven Tyler-esque vocals, make this incredible foursome sound something like Aerosmith on acid.

Musicianship: Farrell's overpowering lead vocals practically blew the rest of the band's incredibly gifted players off the stage. I'd be downplaying his vocal ability considerably to compare him to rock screamers Tyler and Janis Joplin, because Farrell adds an original and definitely bizarre style of vocal improvisation to the bands sound, that is more similar technically to legit scat jazzers like Ella and AL jarreau. While Perkins' exhilarating percussion work and Navarro's sizzling guitar vibrato wouldn't make Keith moon and Hendrix exactly turn in their graves, it just might make 'em sit up and listen.

Performance: You'll see no time-outs for breaks or tuning here--Navarro, Avery and Perkins simply play their guts out. It's hard to subdue my obvious admiration for Farrell's unabashed onstage talents, so I'll go ahead and rave about him anyway. Yes, he is, by far, one of the most intense and captivating performers I've ever seen. His highly skilled use of an echo box, in addiction to the dozens of other magical sounds that he generates onstage, sent his screeching yet strangely melodic vocals through the hearts and souls of everyone present.

Summary: This band is not for everyone; heart victims and pregnant women should view with caution. However, a raw gutsy sound and a blatant disregard to what sells these days are what make this original ensemble an easy critics' favorite. While local colleges are being bombarded with the foursome on their airwaves, it's a shame these guys don't have an album out to fill up some AOR time. Their set was a blast and i had a great time.

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Re: 1986.XX.XX The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

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I can't help thinking that the 11/24 - 12/14/86 date of this issue of Music Connection precludes it from being a review of a Jane's show that took place in August.

I could see a couple of weeks after the fact but three months after the show seems unlikely to me. :noclue:

Was Music Connection a bi-weekly publication?
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Re: 1986.XX.XX The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

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Handsome Mike wrote: Was Music Connection a bi-weekly publication?
I did a lil diggin
Published since 1977, Music Connection magazine is a monthly music trade publication catering to musicians, industry professionals, and support services. Commonly referred to as “the musicians bible,”
they have monthly issues
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Re: 1986.XX.XX The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

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I finally found photos of the review in this issue of Music Connection Magazine for sale on eBay. Once again I don’t think there’s anyway this review is for the show that took place back in August. Unfortunately the magazine is of little or no help. :confused:
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Re: 1986.XX.XX The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

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I found a listing for the Shelly Williams show at Mischa’s that is proof that this review is for the August 20, 1986 show.

Listing from the Sunday, August 10, 1986 L.A. Times
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