Monday, August 10, 2009

Can't believe it's over

Finally back to where I'm staying tonight after taking a jam-packed train then getting in my car to get to my friend Tommy's house.

Jane's Addiction blew the roof off the joint to end the night. Frontman Perry Ferrell - clad in a gold lamé tuxedo sans shirt - was a ball of fire, running and jumping around the stage.

"What the **** is this?" Ferrell yelled at the crowd. "We've been having this festival for 1, 2, 3 days. Have you slept yet?"

While burlesque dancers did their thing, Ferrell ran around singing and telling stories while Dave Navarro shredded and jammed. It's been 20 years since the original lineup was together, but none of them have lost their abilities.

They jammed out on most songs, including "Been Caught Stealing." Not expected, but it was pretty sweet. Navarro would solo over and over while Ferrell told some weird stream-of-consciousness stories. Awesome.

For the encore, the group busted out the acoustic guitars and did what everyone expected: they played "Jane Says." What was not expected was Ferrell inviting out a special guest to perform the song with them: Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

Perry didn't add anything special to the mix, other than some serious cool points. Pretty sweet to see him up there with Jane's.

All in all, it's weird that the festival is over. It was a total blur and a complete blast.

I'll post a wrap-up blog soon with my favorite festival moments and a list of my top five sets from the weekend.

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