Sometimes it can take a monumental year—and the right venue—to make or break a band.
For Iggy Pop and his openers for that night, Jane’s Addiction, that venue was the Capitol Theater, where one act made an effort to reclaim their stardom, while the other struggled to create it—temporarily, at least.
After disappointing sales of his recently debuted album, Instinct, Iggy was dropped by his record label a few months before the tour bus bee-lined for Port Chester. This could have possibly fueled the realization that he needed to remind fans he was still the man behind Real Wild Child, his cover song that was later used in movies like Crocodile Dundee II and Adventures in Babysitting.
The solution: a tour with newcomer to the alternative scene, Jane’s Addiction, a group already beginning to make waves in the underground scene with their album, Nothing’s Shocking.
A press release for the tour declared the group–comprised of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Eric Avery–as “one of the most talked-about bands on the L.A. underground scene," so what better way to bring that California sound to the Westchester music scene?
It’s clear that the now-revered jam Mountain Song should partially count its birthplace as the live stage, as its original video was banned from broadcast by MTV for including full frontal nudity.
Based on the x-rated rumors floating around the music world and magazines at the time, one can’t help but wonder: Did those Port Chester folks buy their tickets after catching a bootleg glimpse of the video before the show?
Unfortunately, when the beet-red curtains of the Capitol closed that night, it could have easily been one of the last fully clear memories for Navarro, who played guitar.
It was later stated that 1989—and recording their next album, Ritual de lo Habitual—was a hazy time for Navarro after picking up a heroin habit, proving Jane may have not been the only one with an addiction.
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