Jane's Addiction - February 13, 1991 - Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO

Date: February 13, 1991
Location: Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO
Recorded: Audio
Status: Confirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Dave Navarro
Stephen Perkins
Eric Avery


Up The Beach
Idiots Rule
Ain't No Right
Thank You Boys
Three Days
Been Caught Stealing
Trip Away
Ted, Just Admit It...
Then She Did...
Mountain Song
Summertime Rolls
Ocean Size

Show Information:

Soul Asylum was originally scheduled to open, but had to pull out due to Dave Pirner being sick. They were replaced by Mary's Danish.

Thanks go out to 'kingsvikes' for the 2nd ticket scan.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 7, 1991
Edition: 5*
Page: 8
Column: MUSIC

Jane's Addiction: On Stardom's Uneasy Precipice

JANE'S ADDICTION, a rock quartet that is currently riding high with an album called ''Ritual de lo Habitual,'' will be at Kiel Auditorium at 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Soul Asylum opens the program.

Lead singer Perry Farrell, guitarist David Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins have been described as having the heart of a punk band and the brute force of a heavy metal band, with an intensity that would blow such power-packed groups as Led Zeppelin and Black Flag off the stage.

"This is a very tricky world," Farrell has said. "It's a very exciting world because of the element of pain and danger. But the pain that comes with things can also make you a very strong spirit.

"Sometimes, I think we were all put here to learn a lesson."

Pretty thoughtful for the leader of a band that has been dubbed "a high-energy, high-imagination explosion that revives the independence and spirit of '60s underground rock." Obviously, this band is not a plain Jane.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 8, 1991
Edition: 5*
Page: 4F

Addicted To Controversy
Author: By Bruce Britt
1991, Los Angeles Daily News

PERRY FARRELL has a reputation as one of rock's most forthright characters. Some say too forthright.

The singer for Jane's Addiction says that he enjoys mind-altering substances. He claims to dabble in unconventional religion. And even his covers for the band's albums have stirred mini-controversies.

All of the hullabaloo he generates tends to get more attention than the band's energetic blend of thrashy punk/funk and controversial themes. But Farrell and his comrades - guitarist David Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins - thrive on agitation, so they don't complain when alternative-music fans squabble about the band's importance.

Some maintain that Jane's Addiction is heir to the Velvet Underground's throne; others say the group is much too artsy. The Trouser Press Record Guide, a highly regarded postmodernist-rock authority, describes the band as "obnoxious Los Angeles glam-punk poseurs."

Farrell relishes it all.

"I talk about the people I love about two minutes a day," he said, "I talk about the people I hate for two hours. So being hated isn't the end of the world, especially if you're trying to get your name around."

'Nothing's Shocking," the band's critically acclaimed debut album, featured a sculpture of bare-breasted Siamese twins on its cover. A sculpture depicting a menage a trois graces the cover of the band's latest album, the hot-selling "Ritual de lo Habitual."

Some major retail chains refused to carry the band's debut album because of the cover. A Michigan record retailer was ticketed for displaying a "Ritual de lo Habitual" poster, but the charges were dropped.

Warner Bros. Records executives hoped to dissuade Farrell from using the sexy sculpture on the "Ritual de lo Habitual" cover, but the singer refused. He designed an alternative cover featuring nothing but a reprint of the First Amendment, but although both versions are available, the more explicit album cover outsells the First Amendment version by five to one, he says.

"What people can handle is not my concern," Farrell said. "That would be like taking orders at a hamburger stand - you know, 'Make that one with mustard and relish.' If you don't like it, don't buy it."

Farrell says that young fans will only benefit from exposure to the "Ritual de lo Habitual" cover. "What they'll find is a picture of three people making love to one another," Farrell said. "They'll see that it's possible for three people to lay in bed, and it may inspire them to try it. What's wrong with that?"

Farrell began his singing career in a short-lived New York band named PSI-COM. Legend has it that religious differences led to the band's demise - with Farrell turning to black magic after the rest of the band became Hare Krishnas.

Jane's Addiction was formed when Farrell met Avery through a mutual friend. Drawn by the band's manic performances - not to mention Farrell's stream-of-consciousness tirades - Jane's Addiction built a loyal following in LA clubs. Soon, several major record companies were embroiled in a bidding war, with the prize going to Warner Bros. Records in 1987.

Jane's Addiction will perform at Kiel Auditorium next Wednesday evening.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 15, 1991
Edition: 5*
Page: 9F

Jane's Addiction Shows Rage, Power
Author: J. Pulitzer
Of the Post-Dispatch Staff

A SEVERAL thousand young people braved a wet night Wednesday to hear Jane's Addiction at Kiel Auditorium and came away with ears ringing.

This energetic LA rock band, whose third album is near the top of the charts, strung together a score of powerhouse rhythms and virtuosic guitar riffs that kept the cheering audience on its feet throughout the 90-minute set.

The band has been on tour for four months now, and its tight arrangements and flawless bridges were evident on hits like "Stop," "Jane Says" and "Ain't No Right."

Lead singer Perry Farrell, who penned most of the quartet's hits, showed a range and power with his vocals that has catapulted this young band into the arena circuit. In the tradition of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, Farrell uses his voice in lead guitar fashion, blending screeches and moans with guitarist David Navarro to an eerie, shattering crescendo on songs like "Stop," the opening number.

The group's underrated rhythm section, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins, kept up a driving, steady platform for Farrell and Navarro to trade leads and explore resonances.

The group's unusual stage, lit and configured like a Mexican church with colored Christmas lights, fruit baskets, shrines and statuettes, sustains the ethereal, Hispanic tone Jane's Addiction captures on its latest album, "Ritual De Lo Habitual."

The setup at Kiel left the center court open in front of the stage, where hundreds of people paid premium prices to huddle together, obscured by smoke from the band's special effects. It was disconcerting to see a young woman repeatedly tossed up like a rag doll from the writhing mass, only to descend into a sea of outstretched arms.

This is not the kind of music you hear on the radio or MTV. In fact, the group's second album, "Nothin' Shocking," was held up by distributors several years ago due to a cover photo of naked Siamese twins with their hair on fire until Farrell convinced them it was art.

It's hard to imagine a band like this making a serious statement about anything, but the Gulf War was evidently on the musicians' minds. At one point, Farrell asked the throng at stageside, "Are you all the young soldiers - the guys who are going next? Well, God's on our side. President Bush told us so."

The rendition of "Ain't No Right" that followed was imbued with poignancy from his remarks, not exactly a protest song, but neither devoid of a message.

Opening the show for Jane's Addiction was Mary's Danish, an eight-piece band whose two female singers made up for the very average material they sang.

Kiel, which is known for poor acoustics with much distortion, is slated for demolition this summer to make way for a new arena. Let's hope Civic Progress gives some consideration to acoustics, as rock concerts tend to cover the bills at most arenas, not sports franchises. But it was a pleasure to saunter down the ramp with ears ringing, thousands of people jabbering excitedly about the concert. If nothing more, Jane's Addiction gave Kiel a farewell that many young people will never forget.