Jane’s Addiction aerial sideshow disturbs some fans

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Jane's Addiction’s Dave Navarro (left) and Perry Farrell in Madrid in June.
Jane's Addiction’s Dave Navarro (left) and Perry Farrell in Madrid in June.EPA

Jane's Addiction brought its peculiar brand of bawdy burlesque to Boston this week, and some fans found it disturbing. The band, fronted by the still-feline Perry Farrell and his trusty heavily-tattooed sidekick, guitarist Dave Navarro, still packs a ferocious wallop, but it's joined on this tour by several female dancers. And that was the problem for some in the crowd, who wanted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band's LP "Ritual De Lo Habitual" without having to watch women suspended by cables hooked into their skin fly above the stage. "I understand all of the conversations about empowerment and reclaiming one's body through dancing, but last night was misogynistic, objectification at its worst," one female fan wrote on Facebook afterward. Farrell's wife, Etty Lau , was one of the dancers, but she didn't participate in the aerial antics. (She did, however, do a modified striptease and simulate sex with her husband. My, what a modern couple!) A few nights before the Boston show, the band had played at the same Coney Island venue where Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry collapsed. In tribute to Perry, Jane's Addiction played David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was the song Perry's band The Hollywood Vampires was playing when he collapsed.

Watch a hooked suspension performance by the dancers from 2014:


Watch Jane's Addiction perform Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel" in Boston: