Jane's Addiction has been a definitive force in the world of 'alternative rock' since their formation back in 1985. Helping pioneer and redefine scene that grew with fellow acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and latterly the Foo Fighters, they rose to prominence with hard riffs and funk-laced beats.
What an epic night! And not just the performance... Friday night and The Joy Formidable played the HMV Forum (the venue formerly know as the Town and Country Club) in Kentish Town to a very nicely filled out house. The Band delivered a great set to an audience that I can't imagine had any complaints whatsoever.
So, it's Friday and for no particular reason I had a slight random epiphany earlier .... Lots of instruments in music right? Saxophones, Stylophones, Xylophones etc etc ..... More 'phones than you can shake a stick at to be honest. But! .. I do believe that one member of the grouping has been sadly overlooked, sadly to the detriment to the music scene in general.
Of recent weeks in my frequent trawling around the dusty corners of the Internet looking for music both new and old, there's been a few instances where something I remember from years back simply cannot be found for neither love nor money to buy and download in digital format.
Before people make assumptions. I loved Michael Jackson's music. I have most of his albums (let's be honest, the latter were utter rubbish), a few DVD's, his video collections (let's be honest, nobody did it better) and THIS IS IT which was a great and fitting tribute to a musical professional.
Firstly, I think beyond a shadow of a doubt that he should share in some of the blame of the demise of the self proclaimed King of Pop.....
You might wonder what the heck we're doing blogging about a film on Gigseen, but bear with me here.
Firstly it's day two of the 'Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival' in the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Fransisco. Friday saw Robert Plant and the Band of Joy headlining down in Speedway Meadow.