Jane’s Addiction Take ‘Underground’ to the Masses With ‘Letterman’ Performance
Perry Farrell’s voice was hurting last week when Jane’s Addiction rolled into New York for two shows at the intimate Irving Plaza. But the singer sounded just fine when the band turned up on the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ on Monday (Oct. 24) to perform ‘Underground,’ the opening cut from their new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist.’
Wearing a shiny silver trenchcoat, a handsome spotted neckerchief and with his hair styled back like a Wall Street banker in need of a haircut, Farrell and the rest of Jane’s — guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and new bassist Chris Chaney — tore through the tune with reckless abandon, sounding so tight that they could’ve been playing a song off ‘Ritual de lo Habitual.’
Jane’s Addiction have been known to go retro and bust out one from that early-’90s alt-metal masterpiece for TV show appearance, but this time around they were willing to lean heavy on the new tune, and the results were fantastic. Perry’s wife Etty Lau Farrell doing synchronized dancing with another lingerie-clad female added some sexual energy to the performance, acting as a sort of cabaret dancing troupe that meshed well with the overall street-hustler vibe.
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