Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater 3.6.12 – Jane’s Addiction has long been one of my favorite bands. The first time I saw them was back in 1991 at the first Lollapolooza. To this day, their set that day is one of my top 5 best shows I’ve ever been to…and I’ve been to a lot!
So it’s a no brainier for me to see/shoot them when they come to town. I was blessed to shoot them twice last year. This year they’re touring in support of their new album entitled “The Great Escape Artist”. You can see last years photos here and here.
Jane’s is one of those high energy bands out there today. Perry Farrell is one of the more engaging front men in music. He’s all over the place in both stage presence and his words. Dave Navarro can play guitar with the best of them and heirs on the side of the epitome of coolness. And then there’s the drummer, Stephen Perkins. I’ll put him on my top 15 drummers list.
The show tonight was supposed to be a throwback to the era of 1920. Many fans had dressed for the request by the band. The stage show had little to do with that if anything.
There is always an intriguing and engageing element to a Janes Addiction stage show. Last year, there were 2 female dancers swinging high above the stage from hooks trough their back skin. Tonight they were suspended high above the stage in long white flowing dresses…later to make their stage appearances. Perry’s beautiful wife Etty is one of the dancers.
There were about 8-10 photogs in the photo pit tonight. The Wellmont has a wide enough pit that we can move around without stepping all over each other. As I waited for the band to hit the stage, I peaked at the set list. I noticed two of my favorite rare Janes songs we’re going to be played tonight. One of which was penciled in at the last minute. I was stoked.
I often find it a little more challenging to shoot bands I absolutely love due to the fact that I want to get my groove on. But I must remain focused for the first 3 songs, then I can enjoy the show.
Another challenge for this show were the lights. Plenty of back and side lighting with very little front lighting. If any, it was on Perry. Dave was mostly in the dark and it was rare if the 2 of them were lit at the same time. I dont even think Perkins had any light on him hence no pics of him. And when this is the case, it makes shooing that much harder and a bit more frenzied.
The band played a killer set. There was no shortage of band/crowd interaction as Perry hopped off the stage during song 3 in to the photo pit to serenade the crowd from the front barrier…only later for him to ask it be removed so the fans can be right up against the stage. And Dave Navarro was simply on point with his guitar riffs.
Been Caught Stealing
Ain’t No Right
Ted, Just Admit It…
End to the Lies
Words Right Out of My Mouth
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