Jane's Addiction - December 11, 1987 - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA

Date: December 11, 1987
Location: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Recorded: Audio
Status: Confirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Dave Navarro
Stephen Perkins
Eric Avery


Standing In The Shower... Thinking
Ted, Just Admit It...
Three Days
1970 (I Feel Alright) (Iggy & The Stooges)
Ocean Size
Chip Away

Show Information:

Jane's opened for Love & Rockets:

This tour was nominated for Club Tour of the Year but lost out to the Robert Cray Band.

Thanks go out to 'Jo$EChUngL8' for the shirt photo.

December 11, 1987

Love and Rockets, the British band playing tonight at the Paramount, is among the most promising of new rock groups. Its latest album, "Earth Sun Moon," shows the kind of growth and maturity that almost guarantees the trio a bright future, artistically and commercially.

The group is already No. 1 on college and alternative radio, a good indication of potential widespread appeal. The latest band to jump from the alternative scene to the mainstream is R.E.M., which is now on the cover of Rolling Stone and has a Top 20 LP and single.

The most encouraging thing about Love and Rockets is its steady development. Its two previous albums, 1985's "Seventh Dream of Teen-age Heaven" and last year's "Express," were so derivative as to be almost plagiaristic. The Beatle influence was especially apparent, as was that of the punk and glitter movements.

But the new album has the band exerting itself and staking out its own territory. The obvious influences that remain are deliberately humorous, for the most part _ a Jethro Tull flute riff here, a glam-rock flourish there. Overall, the writing is much sharper and the music is diverse and exhilarating, ranging from the pounding rhythms of "Mirror People" and the hard rock of "Here on Earth" to the slow, new-psychedelic "The Light" and the acoustic guitar and flute of ``No New Tale to Tell," the video of which is featured on MTV.

The band's evolution goes back to Bauhaus, the gloom-and-doom band of the late 1970s, whose dirgelike tunes expressed British despair over unemployment, social unrest and the nuclear threat, exacerbated by the presence of American missiles in Britain. The three members of Love and Rockets _ guitarist Daniel Ash, bassist David Jor and drummer Kevin Haskins _ were all in Bauhaus (Haskins and Ash went on to form the short-lived Tones on Tails before joining with Jor for Love and Rockets.)

Now that the British economy isn't so disastrous and the missiles are being taken out, the band reflects a different mood. It's more into dancing than despair, and would rather sing about love than money.

Love and Rockets had a dance-club hit with its first single, a remake of the Temptations' anti-war hit, "Ball of Confusion," updated with references to President Reagan and nuclear war. Another single, "Kundalini Express," also was a disco hit. But with the new album the band has moved off the dance floor; next stop, the Top 40.

Jane's Addiction, the opening band, should be interesting. The hard-rock quartet has won over the hard-bitten Los Angeles club audience, becoming the city's No. 1 band, according to readers' polls in both the influential L.A. Weekly and Music Connection magazine. The band was the subject of fierce competition between major labels before singing with Warner Bros. Records, which will release the group's first album for the label in February.

Meanwhile, Jane's Addiction has released on the independent Triple X label a live album recorded earlier this year at the Roxy. The half-acoustic, half-electric set has a freewheeling, head-spinning, sexy intensity, lead by dynamic, versatile lead singer Perry Farrell, who is pictured on the cover wearing nothing but a corset (he also has been known to perform in black underwear.) The album is also a favorite on college/alternative radio.

Brian passed along this article:

By Gene Stout P-I Pop Critic
FRIDAY, December 11, 1987
Section: What's Happening, Page: 6

Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets was founded by three former members of Bauhaus, a loud and sometimes unbearable British band.

The new sound they have created is a listenable blend of '60s, '70s and '80s rock styles that has been popular with Seattle audiences ever since the group's high-powered remake of an old Temptations hit, "Ball of Confusion."

Love and Rockets' latest album, "Earth.Sun.Moon," offers the most pleasing blend of styles to date, a tough fusion of nostalgia and social realism. The album has yielded a hit, "No New Tales to Tell," which has received enthusiastic airplay on a couple of Seattle stations.

Opening band for the Love and Rockets concert tonight at 8 at the Paramount Theater is Jane's Addiction, a Los Angeles underground-rock group that was the subject of a recent bidding war among major record labels. Warner Bros. finally won the honor of signing this snarling "psycho-metal" group.