Jane’s Addiction Play First Show With Duff McKagan At Intimate Venue In Hollywood

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Surrounded by piñatas, sombreros and green, white and red flags in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, JANE’S ADDICTION threw quite a fiesta last night at the intimate Bardot in Hollywood where 150 or so fans and friends squeezed together to experience the very first show by lead singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins with new member, bassist Duff McKagan.

The band roared through a seven-song set that marked the debut of a new song, “Soulmate,” mixed in with the band’s epic scorchers “Stop,” “Mountain Song,” “Had a Dad,” “Whores,” “Ain’t No Right” and “Ocean Size.”

Cheering the band on were actors Joaquin Phoenix and Danny and Chris Masterson, as well as pro-skater Danny Way, along with musician friends Tom Morello, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Fishbone’s Chris Dowd.  If it weren’t for the fact that they performed in an open air patio, JANE’S ADDICTION would have blown the roof of the club.  The not-so-secret show was announced a few days before at www.janesaddiction.org with a Mexican-themed poster (see above) and lucky fans were wrist-banded for the event.

Writing at Rollingstone.com (5/6/10), Steve Appleford said: “Onstage with Jane’s in 2010, McKagan set a thick, watery bassline against Navarro’s speedy solo on ‘Whores’ (from 1987), and it sounded like a collaboration built to last.” Steve Baltin at AOL’sSpinner.com (5/6/10) noted: “Musically, McKagan, who is an old friend of the band and came from the same L.A. scene, slid in to the foursome as smoothly as ‘Soulmate’ made its way into the set last night.”  Liam Gowing at Spin.com (5/6/10) added the evening was “…a chance to see the alternative rock gods play a room no bigger than a volleyball court” and took note of the “mesmerized crowd.”

JANE’S ADDICTION is now continuing to write for their next album, tentatively due out in the winter of 2011 on Capitol and to be supported by a worldwide concert tour.

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