Jane's Addiction - July 10, 1987 - Variety Arts Theatre @ The Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Date: July 10, 1987
Location: Variety Arts Theatre @ The Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
Recorded: Audio (soundboard)
Status: Confirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Dave Navarro
Stephen Perkins
Eric Avery


Classic Girl
My Time
Kettle Whistle
Ted, Just Admit It...
My Cat's Name Is Maceo
Idiots Rule
Had A Dad
Mountain Song

Show Information:

Contrary to what was claimed on flyers and tickets for this show, the band didn't perform entirely acoustically. The show did however feature two acoustic songs at the start ("Classic Girl" and "My Time").

There's some confusion over the name of the venue. It has a sign in front that says "Variety Arts Center", and there's also a sign on the side that says "Variety Arts Theatre" ("r" before "e"), as well as another sign that says "Variety Arts Theater" ("e" before "r"). Tickets and flyers for shows there are known to use any of these 3 names. As such, fans list this venue various ways, even "Variety Arts Theatre @ the Variety Arts Center". The venue's website is varietyartscenter.com, so it's safe to say that's the building's official name, though it does house two separate theaters in it. Very confusing.

Recording Information:

Somewhere between "A" and "B+" quality soundboard, depending on lineage and generation. The first 4 songs of this show have been released on silver bootleg CDs, such as Abdication and La La Palooza. The longer recording, however, is more uncommon. Even on the longer version (43:25), it abruptly cuts directly after the final song, so perhaps more songs were played that night (seems short for a headlining set).

"Kettle Whistle" from this show was included in the Cabinet of Curiosities rarities box set.

This recording, especially the shorter mass-bootlegged version, is often mislabeled as 12/31/87 or 12/31/88.

Notable Moments:

This is the only known full live performance of "My Cat's Name Is Maceo". It was attempted at a show shortly before this one, 7/8/87 Sacramento, but there it was abandoned in the middle due to the guitar being out of tune.

This show features two guest performers. Laura Espinosa (unsure spelling) sings backing vocals and plays percussion on both "Ted" and "Maceo" (marking one of the very few times Jane's Addiction has featured live backing vocals). Angelo Moore of Fishbone plays sax on "Maceo".

(in the beginning of Ted)
"He asked her for a ride. But Ted, can I get a ride?"

Thanks go out to SDW for the recording info, Christine for the 2nd ad, and to Gorg Katz for the 2nd flyer.

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
July 10, 1987
Author: Craig Rosen

Tonight local rock fans will be forced to choose among three of the most-talked-about bands to emerge from the Los Angeles club scene in the last few years. First, Jane's Addiction, whose debut album was recently released on Triple X Records, plays a rare acoustic show in the fourth-floor ballroom of the Variety Arts Center, 940 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. The band, lead by dread-locked singer Perry Farrell, combines a heavy metal-like guitar sound with funk rhythms that often leads to Led Zeppelin comparisons.

Back in Hollywood, Thelonious Monster, the crazed combo led by man-about- town Bob Forrest checks into the Club Lingerie, 6507 Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood. Word has it the Monster, which once included four guitarists, has trimmed its ranks down to five members, but with the unpredictable bespectacled Forrest in front, it ought to be no less entertaining.

Last but not least, Firehose will put in a late-night performance at the new location of Scream at the Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View in Los Angeles. "Ragin' Full-On," the debut album by this trio, which features former Minutemen Mike Watt and George Hurley, is one of the finest albums released this year.

Saturday Divine Weeks, a band that is also among the city's hottest up- and-comers, performs at the Anticlub, 4658 Melrose Ave., in Hollywood. The band, which was formerly known as the Need, is led by the Bono Hewson-like Bill See.

For those with a little tamer tastes, the John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, kicks off its "Summer Salsa Season" tonight and Saturday with performances by the Dominican Republic's Wilfrido Vargas and Rudy Regalado.

A few blocks away at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Julie Wilson celebrates Broadway with the aid of musical director William Roy. The acclaimed cabaret performer's run continues Wednesdays through Saturdays through July 18.

For a performance without the show-biz glitz, stop by McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., in Santa Monica on Saturday for a double-bill with two guitar talents. Influential Maryland-born guitarist John Fahey, who founded Takoma Records, will be featured along with Stefan Grossman, an acoustic guitar master and session player.

Also Found on These Professional Bootlegs:

Abdication   (partial recording)
Addicted   (partial recording)
Invitation To Dream   (partial recording)
La La Palooza   (partial recording)