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Review: Jane’s Addiction Revisit ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ 25 Years Later

Featured image from Chris Chaney’s Instagram 

Austin, Texas: the world capitol of live music? Potentially, it’s pretty good contender if nothing else. Texas is general has a great live music scene and there are a lot of great bands coming out of Texas, like Ringo Deathstarr. AlternativeNation was given press access to the Fun Fun Fun Fest music festival and I had the pleasure of representing our dear website. Headliners included Cheap Trick, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria. Due to traffic constraints and trip itineraries, we were only in able to attend on Saturday. Jane’s Addiction headlined the Orange Stage, playing their classic 1990 album Ritual de lo Habitual in full.  Other highlights our visitors may enjoy from that night were from the sets of Ride, American Football, Fucked Up, Gogol Bordello but also tons of other electronic, rap and hardcore punk groups.

One amusing thing was the dream like growth of the crowd throughout the day. My friend and I got there around 2pm when only about a few hundreds roamed the grounds and with every turn and re-circling around the festival grounds, people were multiplying greatly. By the night’s end, there was probably around 12,000 people in a relatively small park. It became very cramped.

Joanna Gruesome we caught first, straight out of Cardiff, Wales. They are part of the emerging scene in popular yet underground who hold shoegaze roots but just push the music a little harder. The guitar player bore a striking resemblance to Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott. The band, upon meeting them, acted very smart ass in response to my question, “Are you Joanna Gruesome,” with a distinct “no, are you?” After wandering around for awhile, we stumbled upon the aptly named Fucked Up’s set at the Black Stage. With 3 guitarists and one big happy barrel-chested frontman, they packed a friendly punch straight to your ears and hearts. An excellent blend of hardcore punk with indie ideals, you could feel the unity between the fans and band as frontman Father Damien went into the crowd, hugging people every couple of minutes. One of the more memorable moments during the festival.

Gesaffelstein, French electronic artist performed with a full band and displayed their rich mix of house music with rock element, a great pairing with Neon Indian which performed shortly after. My friend Nick and I spent some time waiting for Grimes’ set and met some friendly dudes who bummed us cigarettes but Grimes’ set triggered some weird anxiety for me and we decided to leave. It almost didn’t help I had drank much water that entire day. We got some water and pretty soon it would be time for the big bands: Jane’s Addiction and NOFX, respectively some of our favorite bands ever.

Because they played at the same time, we split up: I went to see Jane’s Addiction and Nick would join me after NOFX’s set ended. I had seen Jane’s Addiction once before at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, where they played Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety.

Ritual de lo Habitual, 25 years old this year, is arguably the most incredible album made by Jane’s Addiction. In fact, after the album was made the band felt that they could not create anything better; they had pushed their music to their limit. My favorite album by them, it was privilege to see it done live. These songs have stuck with me through very hard and very weird times. Hard and weird: a perfect description of Jane’s Addiction’s music indeed. Frontman Perry Farrell came out wearing a small cowboy hat and fine western clothes which he eventually stripped. The guitars were tuned a half step down, so the songs sounded a little different but still a good representation of the songs are they were recorded. Around 8:45pm, the band exploded into “Stop” to wild applause. The Spanish spoken word intro blew through the speakers and the crowd went nuts. “No One’s Leaving”, which the band has not played since 1991 during the album’s initial touring was a sight to hear, a truly rarity which lived up true to its name: no one was leaving Jane’s Addiction set. I saw only a handful of people leave towards th end. When it came to “Ain’t No Right”, a most incredible thing happened: the band brought up a very rare medley of “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan and “Burning from the Inside” by Bauhaus known as “Bobhaus.” “Bobhaus”, more awe-worth thing, mixed the lyrics from the intro of “Ain’t No Right” (which is a tease of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll by Ian Dury) and created a unique composite tribute to Jane’s Addiction’s influences. “Obvious” was a true rendition but would have been a shame without the unnamed touring keyboardist in the back who rounded the album’s auxiliary sounds. The crowd nearly burned into flames as “Been Caught Stealing” was brought in by Farrell saying, “Stephens Perkins and I go way back…we were caught stealing together.” But the album’s true magnum opus was next.

“Three Days” with its dark and melodic bassline drug me back to the hollowed place every time I listen to the song. The live dancers added to the song’s erotic and macabre influence and nothing existed for 11 minutes but that stage. Navarro’s guitar work brought one single salty tear to my eye, it was so glorious. It was the most awe inspiring moment of that day, of nearly that whole week I spent in Texas. “Then She Did” was just as heavy, a song about the deaths of Farrell’s mother and his ex-girlfriend Xiola Blue. The whole crowd by this point was either completely engaged or dead silent. They finished the album with performing “Of Course” and “Classic Girl” and emerged into other hits from their past.

From Nothing’s Shocking, they played hits “Mountain Song” and “Ocean Size”. Of course, no Jane’s set would be complete without a dreamy Caribbean rendition of “Jane Says”, their biggest hit. To my astonishment, they closed the set with the tribal “Chip Away” which featured bassist Chris Chaney, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins on single drums while Perry Farrell chanted and dancers male and female stormed the stage.

Fun Fun Fun Fest was indeed a lot of fun, fun and fun. I would give a lot to see Jane’s Addiction to perform Ritual de lo Habitual and I got it all. Sadly, this was the last stop of their album in support for the album’s anniversary. Farrell is hard at work for his extravagant musical project called Kind Heaven which may see the light of day next year.


Dave Navarro To Release Documentary About His Mother’s Murder

Jane’s Addiction guitarist/songwriter Dave Navarro has announced the release of a documentary concerning the murder of his mother Constance Navarro and everything else that came to his life as a result. It is due out December 1st on certain outlets. His mother Constance Navarro and his aunt were murdered by Constance’s boyfriend John Ricardi along with on March 3rd, 1983. He escaped justice for 8 years until he was caught thanks to a tip provided by a caller after America’s Most Wanted aired an episode on the case. Ricardi was caught January 4th, 1991 in Houston, Texas, as Jane’s Addiction was between legs for the Ritual de lo Habitual tour. In the years that followed his mother’s murder, he struggled with different addictions to cope with his feelings, including heroin. After Jane’s Addiction broke up in late 1991, Navarro went clean, cut his dreads and started a one-off project with ex-bandmate Eric Avery named Deconstruction, who released one (excellent) self titled album in 1994. His tenure with the Red Hot Chili Peppers lastled from late 1993 to 1998. Ricardi faced court in 1993 and was sentenced to death and without a doubt guilty. He currently resides at San Quentin Prison, though his death sentenced has been annulled and instead he now is just to serve a life sentence for as long as he lives.

The death of Navarro’s mother became a defining moment in his life, but it would not be the last. Despite his battles with addiction (of which is he now four years sober) and subsequent trauma, he has become one of the most varied, accomplished and weird musicians of the last 30 years. His work with Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette and Nine Inch Nails, not to mention his solo work, always carries with itself an incredibly distinctive tone between heavenly choirs and hellish screams. He is also known for his roles in Sons of Anarchy and Ink Master. I’m sure his mother is very proud of him. Watch the trailer below:


Jane’s Addiction To Play ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ For 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark album Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane’s Addiction will playing several shows through the rest of 2015 and will be playing the album in full. Most are festivals appearance, including sets planned for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas,  Ozzfest in Japan, New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival and Aftershock in Sacramento, California. Jane’s Addiction conducted a similar tour in 2014 where they celebrated Nothing’s Shocking’s 25th anniversary and played it in full at several dates and festivals, including Sunset Strip Music Festival which AlternativeNation covered. AlternativeNation will be covering Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 24th – Warfield, San Francisco, CA
October 25th – Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
October 29th – Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
October 31st – Voodoo Festival, New Orleans, LA
November 6th – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
November 7th – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
November 22nd – Ozzfest, Chiba, Japan

Tickets can be purchased here.

Here is a recap of Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Sunset Strip Music Festival last year, which became the first show I covered for AlternativeNation:

However, the highlight of the whole evening was Jane’s Addiction. There was so much feeling and ecstasy in their performance it’s hard to write about. What can be said is that they played their first album, Nothing’s Shocking, in full and a handful of other songs (“Been Caught Stealing”, “Just Because” and “Stop!”), and that it was everything I expected to be and more. Dave Navarro, standing there on stage so stoically, with his cigarette and guitar the whole night, as menacing as a lion and as still as a statue occasionally singing along while Perry Farrell, dancing in a dapper gray suit, looked like the lovechild of the Mad Hatter and Frank Sinatra.

Nothing’s Shocking sounded as clear as it did on the original recording and the several subsequent live renditions I’ve studied of their songs. Jane’s Addiction has managed to capture their same mystical energy throughout their career and last night at SSMF, it was shining at its peak. The crowd was hectic and rowdy, and Perry loved it. In return, the audience really loved Perry and fed off his energy. Jane’s rhythm section, with Stephen Perkins on drums and Chris Chaney on bass, brought on the headbanging and the moshing with their tightly knit rhythmic intuitions. Jane’s Addiction is consistently one of the best live acts in the world, complete with dancers and now, suspended trapeze artists, with Perry acting as the ringleader of the Big Top Jane’s Addiction circus. Jane’s Addiction, despite all the inconveniences, made my night, but by no means was the press treated fairly or justly, but just as Jane says: “Ain’t no right.”


5 Seconds Of Summer: ‘Foo Fighters Are Greatest Band Of All Time’

The bassist of so-called ‘boy band’ 5 Seconds of Summer, Michael Clifford, attended Foo Fighters’ second concert in Los Angeles earlier this week. Clifford was amazed by the show, “It was really good. That was awesome. Foo Fighters are the greatest band of all time.” The paparazzi said Clifford was too young to be influenced by Foo Fighters. Clifford retorted, “What do you mean!? What do you mean!?!? They’re amazing!” He added, “Foo Fighters influence everyone!”

Foo Fighters’ show was indeed amazing. The band were joined by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell to perform “Had a Dad” and “Been Caught Stealing.” Watch video of Clifford talking Foo Fighters, and the performance below.

Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me
Cold Day in the Sun (with Chris Chaney on bass)
My Hero
What Did I Do?/God as My Witness (with Gary Clark, Jr.)
All My Life
Times Like These
These Days
Had a Dad (Jane’s Addiction cover) (with Perry Farrell)
Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction cover) (with Perry Farrell)
This Is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Best of You

Foo Fighters resume their tour tonight at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California.

Top 10 Greatest 10 Minute Songs Of The 90’s

While the 60’s and 70’s are known for epic 10 minute plus songs from iconic bands like Pink Floyd and The Doors, the 90’s also featured some epic songs from seminal alternative rock bands like Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Temple of the Dog, and Jane’s Addiction. Below are the Top 10 Greatest 10 Minute Songs Of The 90’s.

10. Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”

“Through Silver in Blood” kicks off Neurosis’ 1996 album Through Silver In Blood. The song opens up with a tribal feel rhymically, gradually building u[ until the vocals and guitar fully kick in. The song is a fan favorite live, and closes many shows.

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “O’Malley’s Bar”

While “O’Malley’s Bar,” off of 1995’s Murder Ballads, is an epic song in length, Nick Cave told Rolling Stone Australia in 1995 that the key to the track is its simplicity. “In a lot of cases the song is really simple. A guy walks into O’Malley’s Bar and shoots everybody. He knows everybody, it’s his local bar. Little things he observes, the way he is in awe of what he does, what a bullet can do a person, all that kind of stuff. That’s very much what storytelling is about, for me. Those nasty little details.”

8. Jeff Buckley – “Kanga-Roo” (Alex Chilton)

Jeff Buckley’s Big Star cover appeared on 1994’s Grace, and while Buckley’s cover doesn’t change too much from the original, but the tracks builds and sounded significantly different live.

7. NOFX – “The Decline”

NOFX’s “The Decline” is unique because it appeared on a single track EP in 1999. The track clocks in at 18 minutes and is a biting satire of American politics including issues like guns, drugs, the religious right, and the destruction of consitutional rights.

6. Tool – “Disgustipated”

Despite “Disgustipated” having a long length, the song is a great example of Maynard James Keenan’s dark sense of humor, but much more subtle than his work with Puscifer. There are many different fan interpretations of the lyrics, with some thinking certain parts are about alien abductions, mocking vegetarians, a commentary on animal rights, and comparing people to carrots. The track appears on 1993’s Undertow.

5. Guns N’ Roses – “Coma”

“Coma,” off of 1991’s Use Your Illusion 1, opens up with a pulsating heartbeat, and leading into Axl Rose’s story of never wanting to come out of a coma. Musically, the song is Slash’s baby, and while the song is mostly a dark rocker, there’s a feeling of peace during Slash’s solo before Axl Rose’s triumphant vocal finale.

4. Tool – “Third Eye”

“Third Eye,” off of 1996’s Ænima, is another epic Tool tracks with thought provoking lyrics with many different fan interpretations, ranging from peyote ‘prying open my third eye’ to being about the pineal gland in the brain controlling your body. The song certainly feels like a drug trip!

3. Temple of the Dog – “Reach Down”

“Reach Down” is a plodding gospel rocker featuring some of Chris Cornell’s lyrics. On the track Cornell sings about his late friend Andrew Wood, and tries to deal with how to remember him after his tragic death. Cornell frantically contemplates Wood’s essence and how he would want to be remembered. He sings, “And I’m sparking like a heart attack, now I’ve got room to spread my wings and my messages of love, yes love was my drug, but that’s not what I died of, so don’t think of me crying louder than some billion dollar baby.”

2. Smashing Pumpkins – “Starla”

“Starla” features one of Billy Corgan’s most memorable guitar riffs, and it is a quintessential early 90’s Pumpkins song. The track opens with a melodic riff and later cranks up the distortion, before breaking down again before the epic guitar solo. The track is a fan favorite, with a Smashing Pumpkins fansite even named after it (Starla.org), but it never appeared on an official studio album, instead being featured on 1994’s compilation of outtakes and B-sides Pisces Iscariot.

1. Jane’s Addiction – “Three Days”

“Three Days,” off of 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual, is not only one of the greatest 10 minute songs of the 90’s, but it is one of the great 10 minute songs of all time. “Three Days” has the structure of a three act play or film, the song doesn’t let up structurally and moves from part to part without ever feeling stale or having any filler. Dave Navarro’s solo is one of his best, and Perry Farrell manages to make a song about a three day drug fueled threesome feel like a spiritual journey.


Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell stated in a new interview with LocalBozo.com that Jane’s Addiction will begin writing their 5th studio album after they wrap up their tour for The Great Escape Artist in September:

“Yeah the plan is, as soon as we get off the road [in mid September], we begin writing our next record. I’d like to give it a six month window and just get another Jane’s record out, coming off the heels of The Great Escape Artist. I think that’s the way to do it for us. I don’t think we’ll wait eight years (laughs) to do another record. You know, we didn’t plan on getting back together, so that was part of– we had broken up. That was part of the reason that we took so long, but these days, the best thing that an artist can do or a group can do is stay busy and stay on the trail. And that’s what our plan is.”

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