We dubbed Jane’s Addiction “The Ultimate L.A. Band” in this publication back in 2013 and nearly a decade later we still feel the same. So do most alternative music fans. A collision of rhythmic intensity and boho-punk magnetism on stage and record, they were artful and exhilarating to watch and listen to when they first came out. They’re older and the dreadlocks are long gone, but Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery (who rejoined the band this year for its co-headlining tour with Smashing Pumpkins) haven’t lost their musical mojo– or hot ticket status. We’ve covered them a lot over the years; (in fact they may be the band we’ve seen more than any other!) but we’re still excited to see them live.
So looking back on their early days feels right about now. Revered photographer Chris Cuffaro shot the band just as it was breaking into the mainstream (1989-1991), capturing striking images of live performances, as well as studio portraits and behind the scenes debauchery. “Greatest Hits: Jane’s Addiction” an exhibit of his work at Mr. Musichead Gallery, should put fans of the band, the era and the Los Angeles music scene in zen for its full three-day run.
Thurs., Sept.. 15: the opening reception will feature refreshments, DJ Fred Sablan, and an appearance by Cuffaro and Perkins (8-10 p.m.); Fri., Sept. 16: an “NFT Night” offers Cuffaro and digital artist Chris Arvan in conversation, plus a collectible marketplace featuring NFTs created by Arvan from Cuffaro’s work; Sat., Sept. 17: there’s a Q&A (1 -3:30 pm) with Cuffaro and journalist Allison Hagendorf, and musical performances by Shiragirl + VK Lynne, Beauty School Dropout and Bexley. At Mr. Musichead, 7420 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood. More info here. Tickets at Eventbrite.com.
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