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 Landmark Theatre. For $61, you get two tickets for left-, center-left-, or right-orchestra seating on Wednesday, August 8, at 8 p.m. (up to a $122.20 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, comprised 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 off the success of seminal albums such as Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual. Instead, the band lets its freak flag fly with their 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 Landmark Theatre. 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, New Orleans’s Mutemath revels in the art of fusion and deception. In tracks from its decade-long catalog and latest release, Odd Soul, the band lures ears into a discotheque of pulsating synths and throbbing beats, only to yank the tablecloths of expectations with rampaging guitars and razor-blade vocals.
When the Landmark Theatre opened its doors as a silent-movie house in 1928, it was billed as “the last word in theatrical ornateness and luxuriousness.” After rolling through economic hard times with the saving support of citizens committees and undergoing renovations, the theatre still holds that same glamor. Marble, terrazzo, tapestries, and murals abound throughout the lobby, and the auditorium shines with rich scarlet and gold that transports audiences to an era when Hollywood was filled with refined ladies and gentlemen and movie stars had to carry stenographers to communicate.
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