Alt-rock legends Jane's Addiction killed it the other night, performing an eight-song, forty-two minute after-hours set at, of all places, Google's annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco. The original lineup was on stage, minus bassist Eric Avery, replaced by Strays-era low-ender Chris Chaney. Jane's is keeping in fighting trim, while grabbing some of that corporate money, as they prepare to tour in support of their forthcoming album, The Great Escape Artist.
Lead singer Perry Farrell brought his nasally defiance to the tech-heads, gently teasing the crowd about "Googlepalooza" as he intermittently swigged from a bottle of wine. Stephen Perkins hasn't missed a beat with his tribal thump on drums, and Dave Navarro remains the guy who's no longer with Carmen Electra. (Just kidding.) It's funny to see how smartphones and tablets have usurped the place of lighters at rock concerts, especially at "Google shows." Overall, it was a nice mix of classics plus new tune, "End to the Lies," off Escape Artist, which drops in August. It's always cool to hear those steel drums on set-closer, "Jane Says."