Jane's Addiction Bumbershoot Mainstage 2012

September 1, 2012
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It was sexy, it was strange…it was Jane’s Addiction!

On April 14, 1989 I saw Jane’s Addiction play the Starry Night Club in Portland, OR and it was by far the greatest concert I’ve ever been to in my life.  Any band I shoot or listen to for me is rated on the Jane’s Addiction scale.  A few have come close (CTE) but none have gotten there for me.  Since then I’ve seen Jane’s Addiction many more times and every show is different.  I can’t think of one more different than tonight.  For me..Jane’s Addict ion equates to happiness.  Maybe not so much for the guy that hung himself as part of the show on stage but nonetheless, tonight, I am a happy man.

Headlining the opening day of Bumbershoot 2012 Jane’s Addiction absolutely, 100% completely  rocked my face off!  First of all, it’s important to say that nobody plays drums like Stephen Perkins..nobody.  I tried to get a decent shot of him, I really did.  He just barely looked up only once that I saw.  Behind his massive drum kit his head is down, his shoulders are up and he beats on those drums like a man possessed.   He doesn’t stop.  Ever.

Next..Dave Navarro.  What can be said about him other than he is a rock star to the core?.  As a guitar player his skill is without question at the top level.  His stage presence isn’t just about the guitar though.  Dave Navarro is cool.  I don’t know what else to say.  He just is. 

Perry Farrell epitomizes rock and roll.  Showing off abdominal muscles that I didn’t think were humanly possible his voice goes from hypnotic and melodic to angry and intense.  Always powerful, always in control.  One thing I know about Perry Farrell is that he is a man filled with love.  I realize that sounds sappy but you can just tell he loves his fans, he loves his band, he loves his wife performing on stage with him and he loves his music.  I gotta tell you, I love his music too.   For my photographic career, that was the main event.  I could stop shooting pics tomorrow and would have no regrets.  I’m not going to of course..after all Tony Bennett is coming to town!  I heard his abs are pretty rockin too!

This Tuesday night Jane’s Addiction plays in Portland.  If interested, you’ll find myself and a very good friend in the front row.  No camera for me this time..just pure rock and roll and good times!  I’m sure he will be reading this review and will share a sip of his red wine with me…right?

-Mat Hayward