Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jane's Addiction Delivers Short but Intense Set at House of Blues

Concert Review

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
When Jane’s Addiction first released Nothing’s Shocking in 1988, some critics dismissed it for its sometimes-juvenile lyrics (and to their point, “Standing in the Shower… Thinking” isn’t particularly deep). But the album proved to open up the floodgates for what would be christened “alternative rock,” and it certainly had a hand in helping Nirvana become a crossover success. The songs have held up well over time too. Last night in front of a capacity crowd at House of Blues, the band played the album in its entirety and the group showed it’s still a fierce live act even if lead singer Perry Farrell now comes off more like a whimsical hippie than an enraged punk rocker. You can see a slideshow from the concert here

Farrell, who said something about having eaten some bad oysters the night before (perhaps a euphemism for something other than food poisoning?), was in particularly good form. Using a monitor to manipulate his vocals, he screeched and wailed on tracks such as “Ocean Size” and “Mountain Song,” the latter of which allowed ace drummer Stephen Perkins to hammer away at his enormous drum kit with an intensity that recalled his younger days. In fact, his propulsive drumming was a real treat and provided the right amount of tempered aggression that the short, 70-minute set needed. Of course, guitarist Dave Navarro was no slouch either. Navarro, who was shirtless by the set’s end, effortlessly played the searing guitar riffs that turned “Ted Just Admit It” into a psychedelic rock dirge. For their rendition of the album’s big hit, “Jane Says,” the band stripped things down and Perkins came out to center stage to play a steel drum while Navarro picked up an acoustic guitar. It was the set’s highlight as the song showed the band’s remarkable ability to change gears, slow things down and deliver a bonafide power ballad.

At just over an hour, the set erred on the side of brevity. While the band faithfully played Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety, it only returned to stage for a brief two-song encore. Though the group hardly tours these days, you’d think it could still manage to work up a few more songs for fans that paid the steep ticket price (general admission tickets went for $75).  

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation