'Obama is our point guard' declares Perry Farrell
Nine Inch Nails‘ and Jane’s Addiction‘s joint NIN/JA tour rolled into Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre last night (May 20), bringing two monsters of 1990s alternative rock together on stage in this part of Southern California for the first time in nearly two decades.
Nine Inch Nails kicked things off with a 90-minute set comprised mostly of B-sides and obscure material. Frontman Trent Reznor announced on the band’s previous tour that this would likely be their final jaunt and that they would strip down their live show this time around to get back to the basics.
True to their word, the band kept things simple and employed very few bells and whistles and featured the back-to-basics lineup of bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson, drummer Ilan Rubin and guitarist Robin Finck.
“Sorry, we’re not playing any hits tonight,” Reznor told the packed amphitheatre. Nine Inch Nails did play a lot of obscure material, but they also delivered a few crowd-pleasers including ‘Wish’ and set closer ‘Head Like A Hole’.
Shortly after Nine Inch Nails said goodnight with little fanfare, Jane’s Addiction took the stage three minutes ahead of their scheduled 9:45 set time. Kicking things off with ‘Three Days’, the original lineup of Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins looked like a mismatched gang with Farrell dressed up in a feathered hat and sparkling trousers, Navarro shirtless and wearing heavy makeup and Avery in ultra-casual shorts and a t-shirt.
The quartet battled through some technical difficulties with their video display, but they didn’t let this slow them down. “You don’t think a silly thing like a video fuck up is gonna contain us, do you?” Farrell asked, and the crowd roared back in response.
The band then launched into ‘Whores’, after which Farrell surveyed the massive crowd and said, “This house is just like my favourite drink — filled all the way up to the top.” The singer pranced around the stage and bantered with the audience throughout the band’s 80-minute set.
Before performing ‘Ocean Size’, Farrell asked the crowd: “We’re back on track, right America?” The audience cheered loudly, and he added, “We’ve got Obama, man. He’s our point guard.”
Jane’s Addiction ended the night with Navarro and Avery playing acoustic guitars, Perkins playing steel drums and Farrell swigging on a bottle of red wine during a festive rendition of ‘Jane Says’.
Nine Inch Nails played:
‘Now I’m Nothing’
‘March of the Pigs’
‘Mr. Self Destruct’
‘The Way Out is Through’
‘The Day the World Went Away’
‘The Hand That Feeds’
‘Head Like a Hole’
Jane’s Addiction played:
‘Ain’t No Right’
‘Pigs in Zen’
‘Then She Did…’
‘Had A Dad’
‘Been Caught Stealing’
‘Ted, Just Admit It…’
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–By our Los Angeles staff.
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