Jane’s Addiction Concert Review – 10/3/2011 – Ford Amphitheatre – Hollywood, CA
Janeâ€™s Addiction played a series of sold out shows at Los Angelesâ€™ historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in April of 1989. This week, they returned for a two night engagement in the 1,200 capacity theatre that were sold out and chock-full of celebrity and artist attendees. These shows were very special and I am fortunate to have been able to attend the first night.
I didnâ€™t make it online in time for the on-sale a couple of weeks ago. Complete amateur move on my part. Of course, tickets were available online through brokers and scalpers for double the price. At $55 face value, this wasnâ€™t happening for me.
Monday afternoon, I was online at the right time when the promoter, Goldenvoice, released â€œa fewâ€ tickets and announced it on their Twitter. Within two minutes of that posting, I had a ticket for the show. It was sheer luck that I was at my computer at that moment, because I tried to get another a few minutes later and there was none left.
I have never been to the Ford Amphitheatre and it didnâ€™t take me long to realize why. This place was way too nice and quaint for a dirty rock show like Janeâ€™s Addiction. Furthermore, it is entirely seated which was odd. I was counting on there being a small pit in front of the stage. I arrived a mere 25 minutes before they went onstage and I saw no open seats within the first 30 rows. I was told by security that nobody was allowed to stand in the aisles, which removed the only other option to have a great sight of the show. Obviously, being so small, there wasnâ€™t a bad seat in the house but I always try to get as close as possible to the action.
I walked up to the first couple of rows and did what I usually do in these circumstances: I started talking to everyone. It never, ever, hurts to ask. As long as youâ€™re polite and sincere, than good things will happen to you. Iâ€™m a firm believer in that.
There appeared to be one lone seat in the front row that was unoccupied. After asking everyone if the seat was taken, I received some ambiguous replies that it was being reserved for someone or their friend. After some gentle prodding, I learned that the seat was being held by a journalist who said she might not need it because she needed to take pictures. I then introduced myself and explained that Iâ€™m a big fan and if there was anyway I could take the seat it would be greatly appreciated. She still maintained that she needed it for herself just in case. However, after a couple of minutes, someone within the row who was listening to us removed their jacket from another seat and slid over, allowing an additional spot for me. Thank you sir!
Once the show started we just walked right up to the stage and thatâ€™s where I remained for the entire performance. It. Was. Awesome.
They sounded tremendous and I loved the setlist, especially that they played â€œJust Becauseâ€ from Strays. That record never received enough attention. Furthermore, it was incredible seeing them in an intimate outdoor venue in Hollywood with the greenery and fountains in the background accompanying the usual Janeâ€™s dancers.
I love this band. I have long maintained that they are one of the most important rock bands in the history of music. Although there are only a few studio albums in their catalog, you can listen and enjoy each one in its entirety and I fully expect the same from their upcoming release.
Janeâ€™s Addictionâ€™s new album, The Great Escape Artist, will be released on October 18th. I canâ€™t wait.
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