The Jane's Addiction "party" has begun, and, so far, it's a sell-out.
"It's my party," was apparently the refrain of more than 7,000 Jane's Addiction fans in New York City on Friday, as they snatched up every ticket for the first two dates of the band's cryptically titled "I-Itz M'My Party" reunion tour in less than four minutes.
By contrast, a recent sell-out for two dates for England's favorite sons Oasis at the same venue took several hours.
An employee at the Tower Records at 692 Broadway said that fewer than 20 of
the 110 people in line there for the Oct. 30 and 31 concerts at 3,550-seat
Hammerstein Ballroom were able to buy tickets before the sell-out. Fans
began lining up at 12:45 p.m. for the 4 p.m. sale. Most were turned away as soon as tickets were gone.
"They were all just sitting down and relaxing," said a store clerk, Bob,
who declined to give his last name. "They were upset that not everybody
Goldie, the British master of the electronica subgenre known as jungle, will open the New York shows. Jane's publicist Heidi Robinson said that Oasis took five hours to sell out the Ballroom.
Thus far, the only other confirmed show for the five-week tour is Nov. 28 at
the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. An announcement about additional dates and venues is expected next week. The reunion (or "relapse" as frontman Perry Farrell calls it) album from the hard-edge alt.rock superstars, titled, Kettle Whistle, is due in stores in early November.
In addition to original Jane's members Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro
(guitar) and Stephen Perkins (drums), the tour will also feature Red Hot
Chili Peppers member Flea on bass, filling in for charter bassist Eric
Avery, who preferred not to participate. -- Chris Nelson [Fri., Sept. 26, 1997, 4:30 p.m. PDT]