During concerts, a musician’s wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to see Jane’s Addiction at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. For $20, you get one ticket for reserved main-floor seating , rows DD–MM, on Thursday, August 23, at 8 p.m. (up to a $62.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Even though Perry Farrell coined the phrase “Alternative Nation,” invented the Lollapalooza concert series, and played midwife to the genre of modern rock in the 1990s, his musical powers are even more attuned in 2012. Jane’s Addiction, composed of frontman Farrell, guitar wizard Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney on bass, could be Florida retirees betting on games of shuffleboard and coasting on the success of seminal albums such as Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual. Instead, the band lets its freak flag fly with its latest album, The Great Escape Artist, and its subsequent Theatre of the Escapists tour.
Designed for an intimate theater presentation, the tour eschews the rituals of a rock concert to immerse audiences in an extrasensory experience that melds with the sterling sightlines of the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Video screens display Parry Farrell’s peripheral visions of sensuality and unbridled weirdness as scantily clad ladies hang from the rafters and scandalous sculptures, erotic art, and unleashed ids flood the stage. As Perry stretches his elastic voice, Dave Navarro proves why he’s one of the most respected modern-rock guitarists and Stephen Perkins beats the drums like Muhammad Ali fluffing a pillow as the band tears through a slew of new tracks and old favorites such as “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song,” and “Been Caught Stealing.” Starting the show, solo electronica outfit Jonathan Bates whips up throbbing outer-space jams under the alias of Big Black Delta.
Old National Centre
Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis’s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.