Porno For Pyros - July 11, 1992 - Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater, Valencia, CA

Date: July 11, 1992
Location: Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater, Valencia, CA
Recorded: Audio (soundboard)
Audio (audience)
Status: Confirmed
Type: Concert
Lineup: Perry Farrell
Stephen Perkins
Martyn Lenoble
Peter DiStefano
Artwork:

Setlist:

Sadness
Meija
Cursed Male
Cursed Female
Porno For Pyros
Blood Rag
Pets
Packin' .25
Black Girlfriend
Orgasm

Show Information:

This was the first full-length Porno For Pyros concert. The opening bands were Rage Against The Machine (in one of their earliest high-profile gigs) and The Odd Balls.

Recording Information:

There's a soundboard recording, but it's incomplete, cutting in the middle of "Packin' .25" and missing the last 2 songs. This recording was bootlegged on a CD called Suck On This. There also exists an audience recording, which is complete though lower quality. This recording was bootlegged on a CD called Castaic Lake. Both bootlegs were put out prior to the album's release. Consequentially, the packaging for Suck On This features guesses at song titles, while Castiac Lake features no tracklist at all.

Notable Moments:

Perry improv near the end of "Pets":
I said good bye to my parents
I let them die
in my mind
I don't need no one above me
No God, no mother, no father

Rolling Stone
By: Steve Hochman
9/3/92
Issue 638

Castaic Lake Amphitheater
Castaic, California
July 11th, 1992

Perry Farrell Has Been Something of a Moses for young, disaffected types. For all its Velvet Zeppelinisms and reinvented angst, Jane's Addiction was like nothing else rock had ever heard, because Farrell, for all his Rotten antics and bleating, was like nothing rock had ever seen. To say that he had led a generation out of cultural servitude would be a gross overstatement but one born to some small extent in truth.

So it was perfect for him to bring his flock to the wilderness (sort of) at scenic Castaic Lake, some forty miles north of Los Angeles, to make the formal concert debut of his new band, Porno for Pyros. And what words of wisdom did he impart to those looking for the Promised Land? "I just want to say one thing to you," Farrell said in a slurred between-songs pronouncement. "This year's an election year. Don't forget to vote, but more importantly, keep on fucking."

Looks like there's some time wandering in the desert ahead. Farrell certainly seemed lost or, worse, empty. His provocative boasts ("What can kill me?") and posturing (groping himself while two provocatively dressed women cavorted next to him) were quite devoid of purpose or impact. And most important, so was the music.

With drummer Stephen Perkins the only Jane's holdover, Farrell has brought in a new cast that seems to offer more textural possibilities than the more monolithic old band, but he doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Former Jane's guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric A. had a sonic identity; replacements Peter Distefano and Martyn Lenoble don't, at least not yet.

Farrell seems intent on creating some new modal grunge-Middle Eastern hybrid (which wouldn't sound new to PiL fans). But the only real grabber of this show was the curious "We'll Make Good Pets," in which Farrell's caterwauled rant against social-political sheeplike behavior seemingly mocked the song's downright potential-hit-single poppiness. And when the show ended abruptly after only forty-five minutes revealing little more about the new band than had been shown in shorter sets at a couple of previous benefit con certs, many fans stood dumbfounded, wondering if they'd been worshiping a mere golden calf.

Thanks go out to David Michael Brandt for the first ticket scan, and 'The Madcircle' for the second ticket and article scan

Also Found on These Professional Bootlegs:

Bones 'N Smoking Stones   (partial recording)
Castaic Lake
Suck On This   (partial recording)