This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Shadows of the Morning Light
Michael & Chris
of the Morning Light
In the late eighties and early
nineties, one of my favorite bands was Jane’s Addiction. I would go and see
their incredible live shows every chance I got, whether it was part of the
first Lollapalooza tour, or touring on the strength of their amazing and
influential releases, “Nothing’s Shocking’ and “Ritual de lo Habitual”. They never failed to
give a fantastic performance. After breaking
up in 1991, they reformed for a brief tour in 1997 which was somewhat
disappointing and did not match up to their earlier glory.
1997, there would be subsequent break-ups and reformations of the band, none of
which in my opinion captured the early brilliance. So when it was announced
that they would be touring again this year in support of their latest release “The
Great Escape Artist” and bringing their Theatre of the Escapist tour to the
Fillmore in South Beach, Miami, I was filled with a mix of anticipation and
show was on the Friday night that I had originally planned to travel to
Indianapolis to start my annual Indy 500 celebration, but I delayed that trip
by a day and scheduled an early morning flight from Ft. Lauderdale the morning
following the concert. Kathy wasn’t too interested in attending the show, so my
friend and fellow Jane’s fanatic Chris ended up driving me up to South Beach to
catch the show.
went up Friday afternoon and arrived in time to take advantage of the South
Beach scene a little in advance and after the show. Our first stop was at the
fabulous and famous South Beach dive bar the Club Deuce where we spent the late
afternoon getting ready for the show. We next did a complete 180 degree turn
and went over to the ultra swanky bar at the Delano where we played a round of
pool in the casual elegance of the hipster hangout.
The Duke Spirit
over to catch the show and somehow managed to end up right down in front of the
stage in the VIP area. It was perfect and we were right in the middle of the
action as the opening act, The Duke Spirit began a well received and pretty
decent opening set before the main act came on. The show was packed with a very
enthusiastic crowd who pretty much went berserk when Jane’s started playing.
Any concerns that the band might not match their glory years
were quickly put to rest about thirty seconds in to the show. The band sounded
and looked as good as they ever have and seemed to be in fantastic form. Lead
singer Perry Farrell looked fitter and sounded better than I have ever seen in
many years and many shows that I have seen.
The band ripped through an amazing set filled with fantastic
performances of many of the best and most classic songs of their career with a
ferocious energy and zeal that was only matched by the frenzied crowd in what
turned out to be one of the best rock shows that I have seen in years. It was
incredible and so enjoyable to see the band not only recapture their previous
glory, but in some ways surpass it. They were easily as good or better than I
had seen previously.
Post show, Chris and I returned to the Deuce for some post
show cocktails. While Chris had a hotel to stay in, I basically stayed out all
night enjoying the South Beach fun until catching a taxi to the Ft. Lauderdale
airport at 3 AM to catch my 5 AM flight to Indianapolis.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.