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Jane’s Addiction Concert Review – 10/3/2011 – Ford Amphitheatre – Hollywood, CA

5 October 2011 7 Comments

Jane’s Addiction played a series of sold out shows at Los Angeles’ 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 didn’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 wasn’t happening for me.

Monday afternoon, I was online at the right time when the promoter, Goldenvoice, released “a few” 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 didn’t take me long to realize why. This place was way too nice and quaint for a dirty rock show like Jane’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 wasn’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 you’re polite and sincere, than good things will happen to you. I’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 I’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 that’s where I remained for the entire performance. It. Was. Awesome.

They sounded tremendous and I loved the setlist, especially that they played “Just Because” 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 Jane’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.

Jane’s Addiction’s new album, The Great Escape Artist, will be released on October 18th. I can’t wait.












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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach said:

    As always, a great review from Darius. The best ones come with a story, like the Soundgarden show from last year. Great work.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach said:


    My personal show reviews from Darius at 4am blow away any of the stuff he writes on this site.

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  • mr. big said:

    Great review! Wish I was there!

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  • norris, x said:

    Darius and I go to alot of the same shows. This show was mad awesome. They got it still.

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  • Jim said:

    I had heard that the schools in CA were pretty bad, but when I read in the second sentence of this review that a ‘two night engagement were sold out’ I could only shake my head in shame. So not only have you not learned proper English, your schools obviously forgot to teach you to PROOFREAD your writing before submitting it. I guess the editors at Allknowingforce went to the same California schools . . ?

    Aside from the amateurish grammar, the substance is also lacking! After a long and pointless digression on how you got tickets and finagled a seat in the front row, you provide the reader with a review of the actual performance that essentially amounted to “It. Was. Awesome.” and you liked the set list and you enjoyed being out of doors. Leaving aside for the moment the fragments (what exactly do you gain from putting a period after each word? could you not use an exclamation mark or even the less proper [and somewhat annoying], yet now trendy technique of all capitals), this really tells me nothing other than it inspired you with awe. When I read a concert review, I want to know ABOUT THE BAND [i know, like i said, typing all CAPS is kind of annoying]: how did Perry’s voice sound? Were they all in synch and meshing harmonically? Did Dave shred on the guitar, or seem just to be going through the motions? What was the band-crowd interaction like? Was the energy level onstage high and sustained? I’d rather know in what mood Perry seemed to be than whether the flowers and fountains seemed fitting. If you are a long time Jane’s fan you could provide some comparisons with the sound of Jane’s back in the eighties (even if you didn’t catch one of their shows back then there are plenty of live recordings and concert footage).

    All in all I would say that this review is thin at best and rubbish at worst. Don’t listen to the sycophants who praised this as a ‘great review’ because they are doing you no service by encouraging you to continue writing such mediocre material. I don’t say all this out of meanness. To be honest I would like to see you write better and succeed, and my criticism is meant in the most constructive and sincere manner. You can write better reviews, I’m sure. Now would be a good time to start. I’m sorry, I am more interested in the band and how they performed than in your personal story. That is the whole point of music criticism and reviews. This is NOT great work. Or should I say, “This. Is. NOT. Great. Work.” Jane’s deserves better and you can do better.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    I still am awed that AKF allows this level of criticism on its public forums. I’ve been a listener forever and don’t want to see the brand diluted.

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