Imagine Ted Nugent supplying his screeching brand of guitar-fire behind a junior Iggy Pop with dreadlocks. That might give you a clue to the mystery that is Jane's Addiction--generally, people don't really have a clue to this band. Even lead singer Perry Farrell says, "we're pretty hard to figure out." Is it metal? Is it Gothic? Is it psychedelic? Does it have three legs? What Jane's Addiction does have is young, long-haired guitarist Dave Navarro, who hails from a definite metal background; bassist Eric Avery and drummer Steve Perkins providing the heavy bottom; and singer Farrell, appealingly spasmadic with his waiflike presence and raw voice. "It's like groove metal," explains Farrell, who previously did time in the post-punk experimentalist combo Psi-Com. "We have metal guitar with groove beats. And the lyrics are so simple. It's like a little kid is talking to you. But you know how a little kid can make so much sense to adults sometimes? That's it with us." Songs include "Had A Dad" and a version of "Summertime." (In a recent performance Farrell informed the crowd, "this song shows how much talent we really have." Such a modest boy!) Actually, the talent meter is perhaps best activated by the acoustic "Jane Says," a demo of which is getting substantial airplay on KXLU. Yes, there is a Jane, and yes, she has a problem. But not so this group, which has played everywhere from the basement of Raji's to the recent Spectacle Magazine party at the Park Plaza Hotel. The band has found the magic bridge that connects metal noise, Brit-gloom posturing, and a childlike sense of play, and that could make Jane's Addiction a hard habit to break.
This show was part of the Spectacle Magazine party.
I found the following pic with the above article:
It's from an early photo shoot but unfortunately I'm uncertain of the date of the photo.
Knowing the date of the photo will go a long way in narrowing down the date of this show.
Raji's is also mentioned in the article.
According to our records Jane's last show at Raji's was October 8, 1986.