Jane’s Addiction have announced details of live dates in London and Manchester later this year.
The band will perform their 1988 debut studio album ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ in full at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on August 20 before doing it all over again at the O2 Apollo in Manchester on August 21.
Speaking to NME, the band’s guitarist Dave Navarro, who has been lobbying the rest of the band to perform the album “for years and years”, said it will be the first time the band have played ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ in full.
He said: “Shows around that time were always a collection of new songs and older songs. I remember on the ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ tour we were playing songs from ‘Ritual (‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’, the 1990 follow-up)’, which was yet to be released.
“I’m really, really looking forward to playing it through. Stephen Perkins, Chris Chaney and I have played it a number of times together backstage where we have another set of guitars, amps and drums for warming up on. Last tour we played ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ all the way through and it sounded fantastic.”
Navarro went on to say that even though the band had performed some of the songs from the album in the past, playing the album from start to finish will give each of the tracks a different energy.
He revealed: “We’ll be more focused for sure. We’ve drifted from the original recordings when we play live, that’s just what happens, but at these shows in August, they’ll sound as they did all those years ago.”
He also added that even though he is now a more technically gifted guitarist, he hopes to recapture some of the youthful energy of the original recording, flaws and all. He stated: “I’ve not really listened to ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ since it came out but I have done recently. It was very strange and struck me how fearless we were, even though the playing’s not as good. It’s weird for me to have to relearn my own band’s music. A lack of education on your instrument can lead to more visceral music. But these shows are going to be great, and I can’t wait.”
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