Jane's Addiction & Nine Inch Nails: May 22, 2009
Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
March of the Pigs
The Way Out is Through
The Day the World Went Away
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Jane's Addiction set:
Ain't No Right
Pigs In Zen
Then She Did...
Thank You Boys
Had A Dad
Been Caught Stealing
Ted, Just Admit It...
Notes: Through the most amazing luck I have EVER had buying
concert tickets, I ended up with a pair of FRONT ROW, CENTER seats to this
show. I must've just been the first person to get tickets during the
NIN fanclub pre-sale. I don't know how it happened, but I swear to you
that I didn't use a scalper or any tricks or backend ways to get these
tickets. I about had a heart-attack when the seats came
up and I checked them against a seating chart. My hands were shaking
and I was worried I wouldn't be able to complete the sale in my nervousness
and that I'd lose them! But I didn't. :-)
Before that even happened though, I was extremely excited about this tour
because Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction are two of my all-time favorite
bands. Seeing both of them together seemed like something that would
only happen in my dreams. Not all of my favorite bands would pair well
together in a live setting, but I think these two did. AND, Jane's
Addiction's original bassist, Eric Avery, had rejoined the band for the
first time since their first split in 1992. I'd never seen him with
the band before, so I was quite excited about that, too. It felt like
I was finally going to see the real, genuine Jane's Addiction.
The recording policy was relaxed, and fans could bring video cameras,
audio recorders, and even digital SLR cameras to the show. I went to
this show with my fellow photographer boyfriend, Andrew. He ended up
using my Nikon D80 camera to take pictures, and I spent my time focused on
the show. I knew I might never have a chance to be that close again,
and I didn't want to waste that opportunity by having a camera in front of
my face the entire time. I think the arrangement worked out
well....Andrew wasn't as familiar with the musical material and seemed quite
happy to take pictures, and I was quite happy to sing along and rock out.
The very few shots I took can be found here:
Nine Inch Nails were good, but it was a little strange seeing them in a
pseudo-opening band slot, and they didn't play as many familiar songs as I
was hoping for. They'd announced that this was their "Wave Goodbye"
tour, and at the end of "Hurt" I tried to really remember as much as I
could, thinking it might be the last time I'd see them live for a very long
time. (I was wrong.)
Jane's Addiction was much more colorful and the band members interacted
with each other a lot more. Perry Farrell is entertaining to watch,
but I was a little let-down by his singing. I felt like he slowly
spoke the lyrics more than actually sang them. The rest of the band
was excellent, though.
Dave Navarro took a picture of the audience with his Blackberry,
and you can see Andrew and I on the left, next to a very short guy in a
white T-shirt. We're the two tall people in grey on the rail:
My favorite moment of the show was during Jane's Addiction's "Then She Did,"
possibly my favorite song of theirs. (It's tied with "Three Days.")
I know this is a very special song to both Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro,
both of whom lost their mothers when they were quite young. Perry's to
suicide, and Dave's to murder. I believe this song is about Perry's
mother. Well, anyway, I was singing along and swaying back and forth,
feeling all blissed out, and I ended up catching Dave's eye and getting a
slight smile from him. I think I gave him a subtle smile back and just
kept on singing. I wish I could remember exactly what part of the song
it was. I think it was a mellow part and I'm pretty sure it was the
beginning of this section:
"I went to see your pictures...
I spread them across the floor...
So this is where they are shown...
Now they're probably saying to you,
If you keep it up you'll be born."
When it was all over, I hated to leave my seat and exit the venue. It
had been a fantastic night and I knew that sitting that close to the stage
at Shoreline might never happen for me again.
(May 12, 2010)