Jane’s Addiction have long been known for their provocative stage shows and frontman Perry Farrell’s unquestionable onstage charisma. That said, it should come as no surprise that Farrell says the legendary Los Angeles outfit’s upcoming “Theatre of the Escapists Tour” will take inspiration from the dramatic “Boardwalk Empire” era, complete with video mapping, "immersive theater" and -- get this -- a new character named “Bubba.”
'I am a hustler,' Perry Farrell sings in the new Jane's Addiction single, 'Undeground,' and wouldn't you know that a hustler like Perry wouldn't quite be content with the "censored" version of the video they recently unveiled for the song. Not quite wild enough, he might say. Thus Jane's are pointing you in the direction of the "explicit" version of the the clip, which has debuted over at the NSFW Internet home of Playboy magazine.
Jane's Addiction's video for the thunderous song Underground' has a cinematic and dramatic, graphic novel vibe, reminding us a bit of the visual spectacle of 'Sin City.' The band explores the seedy underbelly of life, traipsing to the underground, where you have to be a certain kind of person to survive. If you are not one of "those" types, you can certainly be a voyeur and live vicariously through this video.
Just days after they announced the cities for their upcoming tour of what they're calling "classic theatres," Jane's Addiction have revealed the dates -- and they've also lined up a sweet high-profile gig at Volkswagen's pre-Super Bowl Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party on Feb. 5, where they'll be appearing with the Roots and DJ Pete Wentz.
With a new album, 'The Great Escape Artist,' out for a few months and their latest single, 'Underground,' buzzing at radio, Jane's Addiction are ready to return to the road for their first dates of 2012 -- and this time, one of rock's most theatrical acts is adding a suitably theatrical twist: the band will be stopping at "classic theatres" during a run of dates that will see them playing intimate venues across the country.
Before you grab a party mix or elect to leave the music for your holiday party to some random CD changer or a friend who thinks he or she has master-level DJ skills, consider tuning in to SiriusXM, which will offer up a live broadcast Jane's Addiction's New Year's show at the Belly Up in Aspen, Colo. tonight. No matter where you are, you can party down with Jane's.
Green Day have been busy lately. In addition to filling in for Jane's Addiction at the Not So Silent Night gig in their native Nor Cal on Dec. 9, since Jane's had to bail due to a severe illness that has befallen a member of Stephen Perkins' family, the band also wished Metallica a happy 30th anniversary in the most creative of fashions. Forget a generic Hallmark greeting card or an e card. Green Day sent their fellow Nor Cal statesmen a musical video – a cover of the Misfits' 'Hybrid Moments.'
In October of this year, Jane's Addiction returned to play at the John Anson Ford Theater in Los Angeles for the first time since performing seven sold out shows at the venue in 1989 to promote their classic first studio album, 'Nothing's Shocking.' Below is an exclusive premiere of a brand-new webisode documenting the group's historic return to the John Anson Ford Theater.