Jane’s Addiction (L-R): Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins. (Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel)
Doors Open 7:30 p.m.; Black Box Revelation Is Opening Act
By Brian M. Howle
There it is again, that kneejerk reaction to a band name that makes mothers quickly herd their young inside, as the fathers role up their sleeves and peer down with that badassdaddy stinkeye. Well, hide all ya want and give yer best drop dead stare, ‘cause it’s not what ya think if you weren’t a happenin’ dude or dudette back in the day of too-cool-for-school rock and roll. Only the really hip moms and dads knew that their children were safe from harm – well, relatively speaking – just because the band in question was Jane’s Addiction.
And finally, those kids can repay their very cool parental units by copping a couple of tix for mom & dad to rock out with the best of their day, as Jane’s Addiction rolls out onto the venerable stage at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 10 and their “Theatre of the Escapists” Tour, with support act Black Box Revelation.
At a time in recent rock history where damn near every band on MTV was assured meteoric success, Jane’s Addiction came along early on and gave an already tired, young genre a much needed burst of fresh air and newnessmixing styles of music. There were those “I’m so miserable to be doing drugs and alcohol and getting laid every night” dudes complaining about their success, and then there was Jane’s Addiction.
Alternative rock pioneers Jane’s Addiction has set out on a special run of North American shows this winter tour —called the “Theatre of the Escapists” tour—that will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theatres, including House Of Blues Myrtle Beach.
Acclaimed for their swirling sonic symphony and unique studio alchemy, Jane’s Addiction have sold over seven million records in the U.S.alone. They’ve also garnered Grammy nominations and spearheaded the movement of modern American festival culture by launching and headlining Lollapalooza.
Onstage, Jane’s Addiction hold nothing back. They “…reminded everyone there were rock gods to be prayed to, and then defied them with feverish grace,” noted Billboard (August 13, 2011) of their NYC show at Terminal 5. Writing about their Los Angeles performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, ArtistDirect.com (October 5, 2011) said: “Jane’s Addiction stood triumphant for the entire show. It was one of those magical gigs where every element simply worked. On stage, Jane’s Addiction display the kind of mystique that’s belonged to the likes of Led Zeppelin and few others. However, they’re one of a kind.”
2011 was a milestone year for Jane’s Addiction, marking the release of their first studio album in eight years, the Rich Costey-produced album, The Great Escape Artist. Released via Capitol Records, the album received critical praise from the likes of Spin, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Spun through a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic harmonies, booming beats, and an unmistakable howl, the record announces the beginning of the next chapter for the alternative rock torchbearers.
Jane’s Addiction; Perry Farrell (Vocals) Dave Navarro (Guitars), and Stephen Perkins (Drums) began working on what would become The Great Escape Artist in 2010. After a highly successful summer tour with Nine Inch Nails, the group had tapped into a majestic chemistry, and they wanted to harness it on their first collection of studio material since 2003’s Strays.
Perkins summed up the fire burning at the heart of The Great Escape Artist, “There’s a great momentum that’s building in the band,” he told AOL’s Spinner, “and the positive energy of making new music and being proud of it.”
The process behind the tunes began in early 2011 when the band entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Rich Costey. Their intent was to travel a different road, and consequentially they paved an entirely new path for alternative music at large.
At Costey’s suggestion, Farrell and Navarro took a meeting with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek in order to possibly collaborate. The three clicked instantly, and Sitek stepped into the role of a songwriter and a bass player for the album as Costey, Navarro, and touring bassist Chris Chaney would also share four-string duties.
Sitek helped the band evolve their alchemy, expanding the sound even more. Farrell described Sitek’s distillation of electronic textures, bombastic rock, and crazed punk to Rolling Stone declaring, “He’s like a scientist, and he’s not afraid of making a monster.”
Also in June of 2011, Jane’s Addiction hwas inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who made it clear that the alt-rock pioneers led the way: ”Nirvana often gets credit for being the first ‘alternative’ band to break through, the band that changed music and led rock out of the hair metal wilderness of the ‘80’s. That’s just not true. It was Jane’s Addiction,” said Morello.
From the beginning, Jane’s Addiction has thrown the most unique parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality with theatrical flair onstage. The band, who always outrageously combines electricity, sex and danger, will return to form in 2012.
“We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” says Farrell. “Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.”
In 1991, for the Jane’s Addiction “farewell” tour, Farrell concocted Lollapalooza. His visionary idea brought alternative nations together like never before, and the touring festival ran annually until 1997. After the first Lollapalooza, Jane’s Addiction went on hiatus, but they never truly went away.
“Fresh” doesn’t even begin to describe it though. This is another level for Jane’s Addiction, and they’re opening doors for curious artists to follow just like they did nearly thirty years ago. Farrell concludes, “I love being able to escape my past even though my past was great. I just love the future even more.”
And allow me to echo kudos to Tom Morello’s quote: Nirvana got the fastrack ticket, instant fame, huge wealth – and a dead frontman. Jane’s Addiction was a far more formative – and brilliantly creative – force in the music of their peers … the new face of music that shaped a generation.
So if your parents were cooler and smarter than you, now’s your chance to pull even and you may even pull ahead – well, if you already bought them Loge tickets to a sold-out show – as you all enjoy Jane’s Addiction, with opening act Black Box Revelation, on March 10. Doors open 7:30 p.m.
For info on all other shows, call 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit http://www.livenation.com .
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