Jane’s Addiction end NME Awards USA with emotional set

Plus watch the Godlike Geniuses only interview on NME.COM now

Jane’s Addiction closed out the NME Awards USA tonight (April 23) with their first performance in 17 years for an enthralled crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

The band, who specially reunited for tonight, brought the entire house to its feet for their set that included the classics ‘Jane Says’, ‘Mountain Song’, ‘Ocean Size’ and ‘Stop’.

“I’ll show you what LA‘s all about you motherfuckers!” frontman Perry Farrell declared, brandishing a bottle of wine from the stage which he used to fill the glasses of those at the front.

Farrell, who was decked out in black spandex and a horsetail, quipped: “It’s a little scary walking down Hollywood Boulevard with a horsetail.”

For tonight’s performance, bassist Eric Avery unearthed the guitar he used for the original Jane’s Addiction performances, which hadn’t seen the light of day in nearly two decades.

Watch the reunited group’s only interview, below now.

Guitarist Dave Navarro garnered his share of the glory, with the crowd screaming for his extended riffs.

The veteran rockers were in top form having accepted the Godlike Genius Award earlier in the evening.

Jane’s Addiction played:


‘Ocean Size’

‘Jane Says’

‘Mountain Song’

With the British NME Awards already a key event on the global music scene, this year marks the launch of the NME Awards in north America.

For more on the NME Awards USA, including the 2008 winners list, go to NME.COM/awardsusa.

Meanwhile, to watch a live stream from the ceremony head to NME’s Myspace page at Myspace.com/nmemagazine.