Jane’s Addiction Bring Their ‘Ritual’ to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.
Jane's Addiction's second studio album, Ritual de lo Habitual, turned 25 last year, but the band is still celebrating its silver anniversary this summer. In fact, the pioneering alt-rock act is playing the album in full on its "Sterling Spoon Anniversary" tour.
The trek stopped at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Sunday, July 17, and it was no surprise when frontman Perry Farrell and the boys kicked off the set with "Stop!," the leadoff track on Ritual de lo Habitual. Backed by scantily clad dancers, including Farrell's wife, Etty, Jane's ripped through the album front to back, playing classics like "Ain't No Right," "Been Caught Stealing," "Three Days" and "Classic Girl," along the way.
Farrell, at 57 years old, may not perform with the reckless abandon he did back when Ritual first came out, but he still moves around the stage like a frontman half his age, often jumping into the photo pit to interact face to face with his audience. Meanwhile, guitarist Dave Navarro never seems to age, delivering the riffs that helped define the alt-rock movement of a quarter century ago.
Once the Ritual portion of the show was over, Jane's returned to the stage to play such classics as "Ocean Size," "Mountain Song" and the set-closing "Jane Says." During a performance of "Whores," two female dancers suspended from hooks piercing their skin flew above the stage, adding to the stimulating visual experience of the entire show.
Opening the night were fellow alt-rock heroes Dinosaur Jr., who played a straight-ahead set as frontman J Mascis sported a neck brace. Among the highlights were "Feel the Pain," "Freak Scene" and a cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven."
Check out our pictures of Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr. in the gallery above. See the remaining tour dates here.
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