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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shows: Jane's Addiction@The Murat

Alt-rock originals Jane's Addiction will be playing in Indy on Thursday August 23rd 2012.

Jane's Addiction. A powerful force in alt-rock and rock 'n roll with very little else to compare them to. With three official studio albums Jane's Addiction (1987), Nothings Shocking (1988) and their final "classic" album Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) the group cemented their place in music as frenetic (Mountain Song, Ocean Size), alluring (Outside/Jane Says) and sometimes harsh brutally view of American culture (Whores/Stop).

One of lead singer/founder Perry Farrell's favorite taunts during shows, directed at drunk hecklers, is screaming "America killed John Wayne!" to which stunned crowds would either cluelessly cheer or mostly look in confusion as a clearly gleeful Farrell explains that John Wayne lived too near atomic bomb proving grounds and contracted cancer as a direct result. All of which is completely untrue, but, it seems to fit his picture of a crass and poisonous consumerism as an enemy in American society in a way that many fans haven't forgotten.

Farrell, almost accidentally, started the long running Indie Music festival Lollapalooza in 1991 as the first farewell tour for the band. The national show featured Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T, The Butthole Surfers, The Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, Fishbone and Rage Against The Machine.

The show, now with a one city date for three days, is running strong today with bands like The Black Keys and Jack White wowing crowds in Chicago.

The band has put out two new albums, Strays in 2003 and the new one The Great Escape Artist in 2011. Their sound has evolved into a sound very much like Velvet Revolver with more rock anthem influenced tracks.

The band is currently touring with 2/3rd's of the original line-up including amazing guitarist and star in his own right Dave Navarro and the unmistakably original Stephen Perkins on drums.


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