Seems Trent Reznor has been up to quite a bit more than just tour plans as of late. Yesterday via Tumblr he announced that NIN has completed work on a new LP:
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“I don’t want to leave. I like it here.” Thus spoke frontman of pre-grunge craze masters Jane’s Addiction, Perry Farrell. With an array of ambient lighting and a somewhat theatrical backdrop, the band delighted the Pittsburgh crowd with hits, hidden gems, and new favorites peppered with flavorful stage banter from Farrell, precision blistering fretwork from Navarro, and the ever constant tribal backbeat of Perkins. The original trio (plus bassist Chaney filling in for original member Avery) that shocked us out of our musical doldrums in the late eighties was more than ready to entertain and mystify the diehard fans, the curious, and the newfound fanatics with a “club-like” show that allowed everyone to feel up close and personal.
The eclectic Pittsburgh crowd brought together lovers of metal, classic rock, dance, funk, and a myriad of other genres to revel in the spectacle Janes’ has been producing for 27 odd years. Despite a few sound issues with vocals sometimes a bit low and one incident with Navarro’s speaker, the set was virtually flawless. With classics such as “Mountain Song”, “Been Caught Stealin'”, “Jane Says”, and “Three Days” any fan would be satisfied. Throw in throwbacks like “Whores”, “Summertime Rolls”, “Ocean Size”, and “Stop!” and you have your cake and eat it too. The icing could very well be performances of “Up the Beach”, “Chip Away” (with show openers Big Black Delta), and “Just Because” to top off one hell of an experience for all involved.
The band members truly seemed to be enjoying themselves, reveling in the opportunity to actually interact with the fans up close. Perry brought up The Steelers and The Pirates, seeming to be very aware that the town was finally doing well in baseball, and even donning a crowd thrown Pirate cap for awhile. He even remembered that old time Pirate Doc Ellis threw a no-hitter on LSD once and told the crowd how great of a video on YouTube Doc’s explanation is and threw in to his cohort Navarro, “Hey we played some great shows on LSD!”. Farrell truly was the ring master of the evening, dancing and gyrating his way through the tunes and keeping everyone on their feet. Of course, guitarist Dave Navarro was mesmerizing, not only for his guitar work and showmanship, but for his physical beauty as well. And in the pocket as always was one of the most truly underrated drummers of rock, Stephen Perkins, who is really mind-blowingly talented. Without Perkins, Janes’ could never really pull off their signature sound. Of course bassist Chris Chaney makes a great rhythmic pair for Perkins and hold his own as well.
The night’s highlights were certainly the acoustic jam of “Jane Says” with the entire crowd singing along, the spiritual journey that is “Three Days”, and the in your face power of “Whores” and “Ain’t No Right”. Farrell strayed a bit from the normal vocalization of “Been Caught Stealin'” which may have bummed some fans, and some of the onstage theatrics during one of the songs, that included repeated beatings of baby dolls, may have left some of the less artfully motivated a bit confused- but all in all the show was simply amazing. As a whole this was the type of show you start with, “I saw Janes’ Addiction play club style once at Stage AE” and maybe the little whipper snappers you tell the tale to will be enthralled that someone they once thought was uncool was way more hip than all of them combined. Long live Jane’s Addiction.
JANE’S ADDICTION turn up the heat for the third leg of their North American “Theatre of the Escapists” tour. Joining them on their new summer dates–which go on sale this week—will be various support acts on select shows including Mutemath, Band of Skulls and Die Antword.
The immersive theatrical experience of the “Theatre of the Escapists” carnival–described by the Dallas Morning News as “a sanctuary for freaks and fetishes” (5/11/12)–is captured in this short film now posted at ArtistDirect. (http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/jane-s-addiction-debut-theatre-of-the-escapists-video-on-artisdirect-com/10071806), with stellar sets that highlight material from their acclaimed album THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST (Capitol Records) plus classic songs that have not been played in more than twenty years, such as “Classic Girl” and “I Would for You.”
Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for these shows starting Wednesday, May 16 at 10 AM through 10 PM on Thursday, May 17 (or until the show sells out) through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com/. JANE’S ADDICTION’s presale at http://www.janesaddiction.com/ will also occur on the same dates and purchasers will have the option of bundling their ticket with an unsigned special edition tour lithograph and a 20% discount at the JANE’S ADDICTION online store (excluding media and bundles). Regular on sales are set for Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass, just embarked on the second leg of the tour last week in the Southwest and continue to garner critical acclaim. “Once considered a high priest of rock decadence, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell may well be the best preserved of the post-punk, grunge and alternative rock survivors,” wrote Hector Saldaña, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (5/7/12) of their show at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. “The wiry frame and wide-eyed, diabolical onstage persona propels this act as much as guitarist Dave Navarro’s high-on-the-neck dive bombs, Chris Chaney’s rattling bass or Stephen Perkins relentless onslaught on the drums. Farrell created bedlam with his dance moves and slinky, sexual presence on ‘Just Because’ and the classic ‘Been Caught Stealing.’”
Catch the continued “THEATRE OF THE ESCAPISTS” tour in these cities and venues this summer:
City Venue Supporting Act
Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Mutemath
Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre Mutemath
Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion Band Of Skulls
New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre Band Of Skulls
Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts Die Antwoord
Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Park Die Antwoord
Ledyard, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino – MGM Grand Theater TBA
Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE TBA
Bosie, ID Idaho Botanical Garden TBA
Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino TBA