Words cannot describe exactly what went down at the Warfield Theater in San
Francisco last Saturday night. "Juana's Addiccion" came through like one
giant freight train and left no one standing. The crowd at the Warfield was
very psyched to be in the house for the last of only two US dates (the other
being in Las Vegas two nights prior) by Jane's Addiction and so was the
band. It was the place to be.
The stage setup looked like it was covered in spider webs, all white, semi-transparent, wrinkled, dryer sheet like material was covering the entire
stage. At times it looked like a spider web and at others it appeared more
like an ice cave.
To begin the show, all of the boys except for Perry came out on stage for
"Up the Beach," a great instrumental show opener which probably gave Perry a
few extra minutes to compose himself well enough for the insanity that was
inside the Warfield. From the beginning, Dave Navarro was on top of his
game and did not disappoint. He played with a very dark and explosive
guitar style that was on a level without par. He probably brought us the
closest we should ever come to the feeling of a heroin trip.
As a veteran of the stage, Perry Farrell commands a great deal of respect
with his awe inspiring performances. His stage presence is extremely
powerful and it was fitting for him to come on to sing "Whores." His attire
consisted of a purple suit with a big purple top hat that had white feathers
shooting out of the front of it like a peacock. Upon the first notes of the
song "Whores" (which was the second song), our fancy friend Perry came out
full throttle and sprinted straight up to the front of the stage and leaned
out to the crowd. He fulfilled the part of a circus ringleader, he was the
center of attention and he knew it. He jerked his head all around while
doing his own unique dances. He would change attire twice more throughout the night,
adorning a white polyester suit with another white top hat similar to the
one he was wearing previously. Towards the end of the night he pimped a
black suit with rhinestones and sparkles taboot!
There were moments of the show which were emulsifying, as would be expected
during a song like "Three Days." In one of the most dramatic moments of the
night, Perry stood on the front edge of the stage (on top of the speakers)
in a Jesus Christ pose with his arms spread out in a T while singing the
chorus "Erotic Jesus ...All of us with wings!" Further proving
that he is the king of his stage and audience.
Surprisingly, my personal highlight of the night had to be "Ocean Size."
After a brief departure midway through the show, Perry Farrell came running
back like a turbulent wave to give us an "Ocean Size" so great and powerful it
immersed us all. Like a reptile shedding his skin, our ringleader came out
completely different this time and with twice as much intensity! One could
only guess at what he had been up to backstage, but his return marked a
complete transformation in the mood of the show. I felt that this was the
highlight of the night for me. As he belted the lyrics "I want to be more
like the OCEAN no talk and All Action!” His enthusiasm drowned the crowd and
left no one afloat.
There certainly were other highlights; including a an incredible "Ain't No
Right," a beautiful "Summertime Rolls" and a heartfelt "Jane Says" during the
They closed the night out with "Chip Away"...everything they
played was exceptional. The new songs ("Bring the Mood," "Suffer Some," and
"Hypersonic") picked up exactly where ritual left off and I believe most
people were in agreement.
At one point in the show, Perry made a comment about "Hmm, there must be
something in that San Francisco Water," referring to the intense energy
level and enthusiasm of the crowd. After the final encore, Perry Farrell
left the crowd with one last statement (using a Spanish accent), "We are
Juana's Addiccion, and that was a San Francisco show."
Often times I am
reassured that I am at the right place at the right time when I ask myself,
"Is there any other place I'd rather be in the world at this moment in time?"
Tonight my answer was a definite NO, it was the place to be.
1. Up The Beach
4. Ain't No Right
5. Three Days
6. Pigs In Zen (Before the song, Perry began calling everyone filthy and
dirty pigs in a very coy-like voice)
7. Sparks (Instrumental - The Who cover)
8. Ocean Size
9. Bring The Mood (live debut)
10. Been Caught Stealing
11. Summertime Rolls
12. In The Flesh (Instrumental Pink Floyd cover)
13. Mountain Song
14. Suffer Some
16. Jane Says
17. Chip Away
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