Thursday, June 04, 2009

Nine Inch Nails & Jane's Addiction
Molson Amphitheatre
Toronto ON

I wasn't going to see NIN in 2009, having caught them 4 or 5 times over the past few years. Then Trent starts thinking outside the box and books Jane's Addiction to headline his show as he prepares for a hiatus. Toss in Tommy Morello's new project, Street Sweeper Social Club, and that makes the NINJA Tour all the rage.

The Amphitheatre is a struggle even when the weather's warm. Exposed to the wind that whips in off the lake it's often colder than you'd like. Nestled inside Ontario Place there's nowhere to go and limited locales for pre-show meets. Parking's exhorbitant and traffic's a bitch. Seats wide in the bowl have terrible sight/sound lines. Security at the doors is as stringent as any venue in the's a close personal check you go through. If the sun is out it sets in your eyes and guarantees you'll have a sunburn on the left side of your face, neck and arms. Other than that, it's a joy.

SSSC takes no prisoners during it's energetic 30 minute warm up set. Tommy Morello was the best guitar player onstage tonight and this new incarnation is much more palatable than Rage...who are a little intense for my tastes. MIA's Paper Planes gets a runthrough.

What can you say about Trent? He deserves a rest...hopefully not another 5 years though. This show is not as complex as the 'light' show he toured last year (shame we're not getting a DVD of that tour) and there's no new record so there's some opportunity to mix up the songs a little, and that's what we get. "New" songs in the rotation are Heresy, Metal, I'm Afraid of Americans, The Becoming, I Do Not Want This, The Way Out Is Through and Mr Self Destruct. Not one to miss a trick Trent has trotted out his Lolla '91 intro to start the set.

Perry Farrel's place in the rock pantheon is secure...if difficult to define. Gotta love his attitude. He was through town with Satellite Party last year and treated us to a couple of Porno's tunes. This go round it's all nostalgia, all Jane's all the time.

Street Sweeper Social Club

01 Intro
02 Fight! Smash! Win!
03 Somewhere In The World It's Midnight
04 Paper Planes#
05 The Oath
06 100 Little Curses
07 Promenade
08 Tom Morello talks
09 Nobody Moves (Til We Say Go)


Disc 1

01 Now I'm Nothing (Lollapalooza '91 Intro)
02 Terrible Lie (Pretty Hate Machine)
03 1,000,000 (The Slip)
04 Heresy (The Downward Spiral)
05 March of the Pigs (The Downward Spiral)
06 Metal (Gary Numan cover)
07 The Becoming (The Downward Spiral)
08 I'm Afraid Of Americans (David Bowie cover)
09 Burn (Natural Born Killers Soundtrack)
10 Gave Up (Broken)
11 I Do Not Want This (The Downward Spiral)

Disc 2

01 The Fragile (The Fragile)
02 The Way Out Is Through (The Fragile)
03 Wish (Broken)
04 Survivalism (Year Zero)
05 Mr. Self Destruct (The Downward Spiral)
06 The Hand That Feeds (With Teeth)
07 Head Like A Hole (Pretty Hate Machine)
08 Hurt

Jane's Addiction

Disc 1

01 Intro
02 Three Days (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
03 Whores (Jane's Addiction)
04 Ain't No Right (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
05 Pigs in Zen (Jane's Addiction)
06 Then She Did (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
07 Up the Beach (Nothing's Shocking)
08 Mountain Song (Nothing's Shocking)
Disc 2

01 Been Caught Stealing (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
02 Had a Dad (Nothing's Shocking)
03 Ted, Just Admit It (Nothing's Shocking)
04 Ocean Size (Nothing's Shocking)
05 Summertime Rolls (Nothing's Shocking)
06 Stop! (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
07 Jane Says (Jane's Addiction)

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