In just over a month, Los Angeles rock vets Jane’s Addiction will help anchor the third annual KAABOO Del Mar festival. But first, they’re taking the time to commemorate a significant band milestone.
On Thursday, the more than 30-year-old rock quartet releases Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25.
The Blu-ray/DVD + CD combo celebrates Jane’s Addiction’s breakthrough 1990 album Ritual De Lo Habitual, as well as singer Perry Farrell’s 1991 founding of the Lollapalooza Festival, both passing the quarter-century mark.
Ironically, and largely thanks to retailers refusing to carry the album because of its cover art, “Ritual...” was slated to be Jane’s Addiction’s final release, and the multi-act Lollapalooza was conceived to be the band’s farewell tour.
Fortunately for everyone involved, neither of those things came true.
“What a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza,” said Farrell. “As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so the fans could celebrate it with us.”
That special show materialized as last year’s worldwide “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour,” in which the band played their third album in its entirety every night. For their upcoming special release, founding members Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, and drummer Stephen Perkins (alongside bassist Chris Chaney) are including a complete concert from the final date of that run.
It was filmed with 20 different cameras at locations throughout the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - by no coincidence, the birthplace of Lollapalooza’s initial run.
Captured in 4k resolution, the band plays through their multi-platinum breakthrough third album in its entirety, as well as a handful of other hits from their 1987 eponymous live debut and 1988’s Grammy-nominated Nothing’s Shocking. It also features interviews with band members and hallmarks of Jane’s Addiction live shows over the years - like pyrotechnics and scantily clad women being hoisted in the air by hooks and flung out over the crowd as the band plays.
The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was actually demolished two months after the show took place, giving the evening an extra added sense of urgency and nostalgia. And it was certainly a motivating factor in letting the multiple cameras capture the band with such unprecedented access.
“When you go to a fight,” said Farrell, “you don’t want the guys to just bounce around. You want them to get close up and you want them to get into it. You want them to f-----g really meant it."
In addition to the physical release on Thursday, the concert portion of the new package will make its debut on Pay-Per-View and Video-on-demand services in the U.S., and will be available until the first week in September.