Jane’s Addiction Wants To Be More Intimate During “Theater of the Escapists” Tour

Jane's Addiction Theater of the Escapists

Jane's Addiction Theater of the Escapists


Yes, it’s true. In a recent Pollstar article Perry Farrell expressed a genuine desire to perform on a more intimate level with fans as the band travels the world on their upcoming 2012 tour that begins in February.

“We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” Farrell said. “Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.”

Well, now the concept of orgies at shows is definitely a provocative one. And as we’ve rethought Farrell’s visionary live show approach, we know Farrell’s choice of words to describe their live show is no surprise because he’s had a history of pushing the boundaries of the live music experience with Lollapalooza and other creative endeavors.

And this makes perfect sense because, as we predicted in our 2011 Live Fix Radio 2011 wrap up episode, more fans will continue to go to smaller mid-sized venues to experience live music in 2012. And Jane’s Addiction seems to be positioning themselves to be right in the thick of that trend.

And by the looks of the Jane’s Addiction fan site, the fans are ready to embark on the next phase of the band’s career this year. Here’s a snippet from the blogs section where a fan, “Acidhead Medusa” has excitedly shared rare concert footage with the JA community.

I have the complete concert of Janes playing at Subteranea in London in september 1990 this was filmed with a single video camera from a balcony position and it is pretty good quality for this time. I have also got their gig at Brixton when they supported Wonderstuff and some of them at Rock City in Nottingham. As far as i know this is the only footage of them in the UK. If anyone would be interested in seeing this let me know and I will upload it. If anyone has got any other film from UK gigs I would be very interested to see it ( 1989 – 91 ).

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Is Google Introducing A New Concert Tablet Trend?


Google Jane's Addiction After Party

During the Google I/O 2011 Googleites we’re treated to a special after hours show by Jane’s Addiction who are getting ready to release a new David Sitek produced The Great Escape Artist album soon. So how did Google employees use their mobile devices to get their rock on?

It’s somewhat of an odd show to watch as Farrell and company don’t seem quite in sync, or full of as much energy as they used to have. And I’m wondering why there wasn’t a more relevant or contemporary band chosen for the occasion?

Maybe that’s why most of the crowd seems to be more focused on recording the show with their phones than getting lost in the moment of the music. And maybe the fans thought it was a great chance to document a live music relic from the past? I probably would’ve done the same thing too.

But what I did take away from this video was the chance to continue our exploration of how mobile is changing the live music experience. Whether it’s a growing trend or not, this is one of the first shows where I’ve seen not only mobile phones popping up like weeds instead of the traditional lighters, but you can also see several tablets and other “iPad-like devices” raised high to celebrate and capture memories of the show.

So will we see more fans bringing tablets to shows, or is this just a behavior unique to Googlenation? Have you seen other fans using tablets during live shows?

Got a story from this Google I/0 Jane’s Addiction show? Be a good little concert fan and share your experience with the rest of the class.

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