Jane's Addiction - Live in NYC
Jane's Addiction were not like this when I went to go see them late into the Ritual de lo Habitual tour, right before they eventually broke up. And you could see it. Though frontman Perry Farrell was on fire, the rest of the band seemed to be thinking about what to have for breakfast the next day. No, the CD/DVD of Live in NYC (recorded at Terminal 5 in December 2012 with most of the original band intact minus bass player Eric Avrey) shows a rejuvenated band breathing new life to their classic repertoire.
Opening up with 'Whores' from their brilliant 1987 self-titled debut, the album rockets through their impressive back catalogue. Highlights include the wonderful 'Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)' from 2011's The Great Escape Artist and a blistering version of 'Three Days' from Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) showcasing Dave Navarro's virtuoso guitar playing.
The show finishes off with a triple shot of their most beloved tunes: the behemoth that is 'Mountain Song' (Nothing Shocking, 1988), 'Stop' and the classic beauty 'Jane Says' from the debut. Stripped down with Navarro on acoustic and Stephen Perkins on bongos and steel drums, the crowd sings along as inflatable animals and balloons shower down upon them while Farrell takes long swigs from a bottle of red wine.
Having fallen a bit out of love with them after that disappointing show, this CD and DVD brings home just what an important legacy Jane's Addiction has. Having apparently ironed out their old differences they seem to be a band reborn. Let's hope the entente cordiale lasts.