At one point during last night’s sold-out San Francisco Jane’s Addiction show, singer Perry Farrell said to an adoring fan in the audience, “This guy’s throwing his fist at me. You wanna fist me sir? Not yet, I don’t know you that well.” It was at that point that you just knew what kind of a salaciously entertaining evening was in store for the lucky fans that gathered to support the newly reunited 90s hard rock icons. A band that to this day is still as relevant as when it first hit the airwaves back in 1985. A band notorious back in the day for causing controversy and pushing the status quo from the beginning stages of concepting their album covers to their use of edgy lyrics in songs.
Music in SF was there to witness the evening that was laced with sex, drugs (well maybe not drugs since I’m pretty sure they’re all sober at this point) but definitely rock n’ roll. A genre that’s pretty much gone extinct since the 90s when it was replaced with Hip Hop, DJs and computers, but never forgotten by its legion of fans.
The set started with the classic funk riff of “Stop”. Dave Navarro’s funky sound combined with his cool demeanor set the tone quite well for the unique form of funk rock fusion that was to adorn the halls of The Masonic Theater in San Francisco. Farrell came out shortly after dressed in a zoot suit, looking as slim and elegant as he did when he was younger. Completing the lineup was Stephen Perkins on drums, who played his heart out throughout the night with his unique brand of tribal yet dance-tinged rock drumming.
This guy’s throwing his fist at me. You wanna fist me sir? Not yet, I don’t know you that well.
The band played hit after hit, songs we’ve all grown up with, with Farrell sipping on a fine bottle of wine in between song lyrics . All the while, swarming around him, was a pair of scantily clad women who danced seductively begging for attention even if at times they got in the way.
The highlight of the show came halfway into the set when the band introduced their big MTV hit “Been Caught Stealing.” The song was introduced by Farrell who said mischievously, “When I used to come to San Francisco I’d go to the Haight Ashbury to go shopping before the show. I used to buy clothes there. But I’ve never been caught stealing!”
No One’s Leaving
Ain’t No Right
Been Caught Stealing
Then She Did…
Ted, Just Admit It…