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Post by Mike » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:55 pm

Review/Pop; 2 Alternative Rock Bands Suddenly Take a Calmer Path

By PETER WATROUS
Published: April 28, 1991

Things change quickly in pop music. Only months ago, quick cutting -- moving rapidly from style to style -- was the thing to do. Agitated and jumpy, the technique mirrored film editing styles at the visual speed with which MTV works. Wednesday night's show at Madison Square Garden, featuring two alternative rock bands, Jane's Addiction and Happy Mondays, wallowed instead in long and undulating pieces that motored along calmly from climax to climax. It was the revenge of the Grateful Dead.

The concert, which was sold out, showed how popular alternative rock has become and how the market has expanded. Only a few years ago, Jane's Addiction was a promising rock band on the college circuit. Often when a band steps up to the arena level, it can't translate. But Jane's Addiction can. It played an exciting set loaded with funk and rock riffs, stretching out and letting its sound rumble and spread out through the auditorium. Basing many of its pieces on bass lines, the band kept all its musical components simple and distinct. Perry Farrell sang shorts bursts of phrases only to give way to a guitar solo, while the bass and drums pounded away at repeating figures.

The band's rhythm section makes it work, with arrangements and rhythms that draw on funk and African music recast in the context of hard rock. Rhythms overflowed and erupted; the guitarist, Dave Navarro, added percussive scratching to the beats while Mr. Farrell yelped short clean phrases. Though the band's influences were obvious -- the Doors and Led Zeppelin, among others -- they weren't offensive; the group managed to turn repetition and a spaced-out flow into something tense and yet relaxed.

The show opened with Happy Mondays, a group from Manchester, England. Relying on 1970's soul and pop as source material, it pulled apart pieces until they seemed like improvised instrumental compositions with occasional bursts of singing. Using one or two chords, the band layered instrument after instrument until the compositions reached dense, swampy textures. Many bands reproduce the flat undynamic flow of recorded music, but Happy Mondays, improvising and fooling around, sounded like a live band -- even though it used tapes to help the sound.

Photo: Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane's Addiction, performing Wednesday. (Larry Busacca/Retna)
http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/28/arts/ ... -path.html

April 24, 1991 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by Mike » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:50 pm

Review/Rock; Howls of Rage, 9 Hours' Worth, At Waterloo Village

By JON PARELES,
Published: August 13, 1991

STANHOPE, N.J., Aug. 11— Like a megawatt medicine show, the Lollapalooza Festival rolled into Waterloo Village today, greeted by a field of 15,000 fans pumping their fists. Instead of simply playing the arena circuit, Jane's Addiction decided to line up six diverse bands for a package tour: Living Colour, Nine-Inch Nails, Ice-T, the Butthole Surfers, the Rollins Band and Siouxsie and the Banshees, which didn't perform today because of illness. Even without Siouxsie, the festival lasted nearly nine hours.

The tour is carrying a yellow-striped circus tent, where local artists and advocacy groups handed out literature and did a brisk business in buttons and T-shirts. The groups included the National Abortion Rights Action League, Refuse and Resist, Handgun Control Inc. and the Hyacinth Foundation (a New Jersey AIDS service group). Between sets, a display above the stage flashed statistics in the style of the Harper's Index, on topics from textbook censorship to the Persian Gulf war.

The tent suggested political channels for dissatisfaction, though some causes didn't rub off on the performers; the Surfers and Ice-T flaunted guns onstage. But the music itself was an anthology of alienated rage. Behind the various styles, the Lollapalooza Festival was one long howl of fury and defiance, whether it was Ice-T vowing to avenge police brutality, Trent Reznor of Nine-Inch Nails moaning, "I'm gonna smash myself to pieces" or Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction wailing: "Ain't no wrong now; ain't no right. Only pleasure and pain."

The well-groomed, largely suburban audience shouted approval for every imprecation. Near the stage, people slam danced and climbed on one another's shoulders in a joyous melee.

In Jane's Addiction, the fury is connected to primal traumas; Mr. Farrell has (as a pop psychologist might put it) held on to his inner child. That child is a bawling, squalling creature who wants everything right now, from sexual gratification to consumer goods. Mr. Farrell's lyrics also convey a childlike sense of fantasy and a child's pain at, for instance, the loss of a parent. The band's music drifts from heavy-metal stomps to scrabbling funk to finger-picking folk-rock; the songs amble and explode, pursuing Mr. Farrell's piping, rasping countertenor voice.

That volatility, and the sense that Mr. Farrell might do just about anything onstage, makes Jane's Addiction a riveting club band. In moving up to arena scale, it has turned songs into routines, some with dancers, others with videos projected behind the band. For "Ted, Just Admit It," a complaint that "nothing's shocking" in an image-saturated world, two women caressed Mr. Farrell and each other; despite the song's more complex message, they could have been standard heavy-metal bimbos.

Still, Jane's Addiction drew full impact from its basic riffs; Mr. Perkins added a touch of Latin timbales to rock rhythms, while Morgan Fichter on violin brought hints of country and Arabic music to some songs. Mr. Farrell, in red pants and black suspenders, moved like a vaudeville hoofer when he wasn't swaying like a hard-rock shouter. He can be achingly sincere, but he's also a wild-eyed showman.

Living Colour wraps earnest messages about environmental fears, day-to-day racism and the cult of personality in whiz-bang music. Vernon Reid on guitar blasts riffs, picks the blues or erects steel-webbed canopies around melodic choruses. The band has always been virtuosic, but it keeps getting better. At the Lollapalooza Festival, Corey Glover sang with a new banshee falsetto and a soul-shouter's rasp, while the rhythm section seemed to be running on rocket fuel. When the set ended, Mr. Reid dived into the audience.

Nine-Inch Nails uses the machine-driven beat of industrial rock to carry the complaints of a Romantic antihero. In breathy, groaning, long-suffering tones, Mr. Reznor sings about private despair and a desperate need for sexual connection. What sounds petulant on recordings becomes magisterial onstage, because Mr. Reznor bolsters himself and his synthesizers with a live band, including an electric guitarist for brute-force power chords. With an audience shouting and dancing along, the songs testify to widespread adolescent crises.

Ice-T rapped for half of his set, then sang with Body Count, a hard-core rock band. In both guises, he is a provocateur; he has a new rock song called "Cop Killer," and his strongest raps, "Colors" and "New Jack Hustler," use a criminal perspective. While his current album, "O.G.: Original Gangster" (Warner Brothers), suggests that he's reconsidering gangster rap's deep-seated misogyny, onstage his sex raps were as brutal and juvenile as ever.

The Butthole Surfers, a garage band laced with modern noise, bashed away at three-chord songs with wailing psychedelic guitar, while Gibby Haines ran his voice through an echo-repeat device that rendered it virtually unintelligible. The Rollins Band carries on the grinding, clanking hard-rock Henry Rollins sang with Black Flag. Bending at the waist with every downbeat, he howled about self-reliance as the only defense against a world of betrayal like an advice columnist with tattoos.

For him, and the other Lollapalooza Festival performers, Bob Dylan was wrong. In 1991, they know that negativity will pull them through.

Photo: Vernon Reid, left, and Corey Glover of Living Colour at the Lollapalooza Festival at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, N.J. (Larry Busacca/Retna for The New York Times)
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August 11, 1991 - Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ
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Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by hydro » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:36 am

I didnt want to make a new thread for this but noticed we didnt have the ticket for the 89 show
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by helicine » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:32 pm

:cheers: awesome, added both
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Post by hydro » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:34 pm

helicine wrote::cheers: awesome, added both
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by hydro » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:03 am

awesome job on all of your researching Mike :thumb:
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by Mike » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:01 pm

hydro wrote:awesome job on all of your researching Mike :thumb:
Thank you Heidi! :)

I've been really busy searching for and adding stuff to the site as of late but I'm still woefully behind. :oops:
I just added some stuff over this past weekend that I snagged back in April of last year. :lol:
Don't even get me started on the pile of scans I got from the library this past October.

O well, all good things in time I suppose.
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by Mike » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:50 am

Last night and this morning I spent several hours updating the gig listing.
It had been several months since I updated it and it was missing a few shows.
These omission have been added and as of now it contains all the shows we list in the tour dates section of the site.
In addition I added the missing confirmation items where applicable.
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Re: Jane's Addiction Gig List

Post by Mike » Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:09 am

I found a nice upgrade of the poster for the second U.K. tour and added it to the seven dates it pertains to.

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It's for sale if anyone is interested.
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Best Review of a Jane's Show EVER LOL

Post by Mike » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:03 pm

I just found this review of the 11/12/1987 Beacon Theatre show and loved it so much I just had to share. :lol:

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