Jane's Addiction only ran through a dozen songs, but Perry Farrell and company made sure to roll through most of their hits for a revved-up crowd Sunday night to close out the 2009 Lollapalooza in downtown Chicago.
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The headliners started about 15 minutes late due after previous acts Lou Reed and Band of Horses played long, but what Jane's lacked in minutes they made up for in style. Farrell, decked out in a sparkly gold topcoat with tails and matching pants, entered the stage pumping his fists in the air for "Up the Beach" while spotlights poured over the audience and a helicopter roared above. By the time he launched into "Mountain Song" the tempo was set -- heavy, lengthy crescendos, exploding climaxes and falls powered by Dave Navarro's guitar.
Farrell slinked, twisted and jumped throughout, adding in a few hip thrusts for good measure and edging most songs along with a small introduction. "One, two, three days...Have you been to bed yet?" led into "Three Days" -- which featured a pair of dancers in powdered wigs and corsets slinking around behind the band -- and "We swore off women to get in shape for this show. We swore off liquor. I hated that rule. And we swore off stealing" to kick off "Been Caught Stealing."
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For "Ocean Size," three giant Chinese dragon-looking blue waves were pulled into the first three rows for Farrell to hop offstage and mock swim in. For "Ted, Just Admit It...," the dancers re-emerged in bondage gear, seated on a bench to resemble the band's iconic "Nothing's Shocking" album cover. "You know, I'm a married man, but if it wasn't for my commitment before God I would fuck everybody," Farrell said. Jane's then re-appeared for two encores, the first featuring "Summertime Rolls" and "Stop." For the second, Farrell brought out Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to sit side-by-side with Navarro for "Jane Says."
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Earlier in the sweltering day, Neko Case cracked a joke about passing out onstage, and she performed a loose, languid set. The last stop on her current tour, Case delivered a solid mix of the old and the new -- "Maybe Sparrow" and "Deep Red Bells" alongside "Middle Cyclone's" "People Got a Lot of Nerve" and "I'm an Animal." Band of Horses also kept it mellow as the sun went down, its set including "The Great Salt Lake," "The Funeral" and "Is There a Ghost."