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Jane’s Addiction Concert Review – 12/29/12 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

20 January 2013 9 Comments

By: Jxn

Jane's Addiction Terminal 5 NYC 2012

Jane’s is one of those bands I will go to out of respect – regardless how bad their last album was. As a kid I snuck up to LA twice to see them play the Roxy and the Whiskey in 87. Obviously this band is nothing like that band. But anyway, none of that matters now, this is not a nostalgia trip. These are the last days of 2012, and as the king of all media asked me just yesterday when I told him about the show, “Wow those guys are still together?” You know you’re in trouble when the previous, twice removed, Beatles-are-god generation talks about you like that. Geeez. Embarrassing.

Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist CD Album Cover

Despite being there near the beginning, some of the best shows I’ve seen Jane’s play are at amphitheaters. The recent NIN farewell tour comes to mind. It was a festive, cheerful gathering that played to Mr Perry’s false teeth Willy Wonka tour guide talents. The soaring notes of the best moments from Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual, two of the best albums of the era, could be emphasized outdoors. Navarro’s distracted sleaziness could be overlooked, and his sneaky good (not great, again because he is denied his potential by “adult” pursuits) playing had room to breathe. Those 87 shows were great in the same way Nirvana was great at the Covered Wagon or the Kennel Club, but Jane’s really shines in a Circus Circus like environment.

Finally, and most importantly, Eric Avery was back with the group then and he is the true backbone. I don’t know who Chris Chaney is, I don’t want to know, but he is a limp noodle of a bass player. The decider of Addiction is Avery; if he is in the lineup, go see. His intensity and drive makes it click.

The show on Saturday Dec 29th was truly like a sad dress rehearsal. Yes, Perry looks and sounds great for 50 something. But it’s like “Ok we all get it, Perry, you’re the leader of the tribe, the great conjurer of the freaks, the MC of the kinky and mysterious.” But what tribe is he the leader of in these days? Certainly not myself, and not anyone (except the always deluded) at the Terminal 5 that night either.

So I paid my fare for the ride, and I watched a re-decided setlist from the side. But here’s a tip for all you concertgoers: when Jane’s pulls out the honky bongos, they’re about to play that famous but not-so-good sing along song, and its near the end of the charade, so time to hit the exit early. Theses guys clearly have other things on their minds. Perry has to go DJ some late night decadent shindig, and celebrity Dave is drowning in adult pursuits.

We expect more. Jane’s could do better, so much better.

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  • the blahniks said:

    I was at the show.

    I echo each sentiment written as it pertained to the show. It was very cabaret and not what I’d expect from the band who is clearly mailing it in at this stage of the game.

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  • Vinny said:

    Jane’s Addiction is now teetering on irrelevant. The Great Escape Artist was terrible. I was at the T5 show reviewed here and it was just as bad as the album. Dave Navarro is a clown.

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  • Kreator said:

    jane’s addiction is one of my favorite bands but this show sucked. i was there. i had to take a cab from jersey because i want running late. waste of money. going through the motions. in 08 they were on their last good run. say goodbye, the glory days are over

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  • wes said:

    I’m on a commenting spree. Jane’s Addiction – post Nothing’s Shocking is overrated and totally blows.

    Since when did Dave Navarro become the “it guy” in rock music? God that guy makes me want to vomit.

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  • Karnov said:

    Enjoy it for what it is, fellas. It’s a Jane’s Addiction show. Ain’t meant to be great. At least they’re still out here doing their thing.

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  • 5150 said:

    Perry is definitely out of touch these days. As someone that attended this show, the gentleman who reviewed it here did so honestly and perfectly. Too much show, not enough music. This is probably the last Jane’s Addiction concert I’ll pay for.

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  • gblockx said:

    Some people are just too critical all of the time. The show wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was a Jane’s Addiction show from a band 10 years removed from their prime. Accept it for what it is and move on.

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  • Carla said:

    I’m disinterested. “Nothing’s Shocking” is still one of the all time great albums. They’ve become nothing more than a nostalgia act. Perry does look great though, yet creepier than ever.

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  • 007 said:

    The last album wasn’t that good. I wish they’d play more from Strays. I think that release was criminally underrated.

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