Perry Farrell Adds Constant Interruption to Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking

Brooklyn Bowl, May 9


Photo by Erik Kabik/ Retna/

Perry Farrell just can’t seem to help himself. Every time it seemed as if Jane’s Addiction was gaining a head of steam while running through their groundbreaking 1988 album Nothing’s Shocking, Farrell would stop the flow with a barrage of chatter between each song, the most mindless of which was talking about the Jacuzzi in his hotel room before the band segued into “Standing in the Shower … Thinking.” It detracted at times from what was otherwise a delightful celebration of one of alt-rock’s seminal albums, a wonderful confluence of beauty and brawn fueled by imagery of sex and drugs.

The psychedelic fury of “Ted, Just Admit It …” and the heavy anthem “Mountain Song” highlighted the contributions of guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Chris Chaney, while drummer Stephen Perkins pounded out hypnotic tribal rhythms. “Idiots Rule” was enhanced by the sax playing of Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, who also played on the studio version, and whose band followed Jane’s on the Brooklyn Bowl stage. As for Farrell’s constant yakking, the amazingly youthful 55-year-old vocalist seemed to sum it up with this declaration: “I don’t give a shit if I win or lose tonight. I’m gonna have a fucking good time!”★★★★✩

Up the Beach
Ocean Size
Had a Dad
Ted, Just Admit It …
Standing in the Shower … Thinking
Summertime Rolls
Mountain Song
Idiots Rule
Jane Says
Thank You Boys
Pigs in Zen

Been Caught Stealing
Just Because
Three Days
Chip Away

Photos by Erik Kabik/ Retna/

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