Photo by Gary Loverde
The KISS army was out in force at Voodoo for Halloween. Even the Drive-By Truckers put on the KISS paint. And several other bands costumed as well. Mates of State came as the Captain and Tennille. And Jane's Addiction came as Jane's Addiction from 1990, but in a lame, my concert T-shirt is my costume kind of way. KISS also resorted to all its old tricks. Gene Simmons spit fire, played his ax guitar and did the messy bloody tongue thing. But the band otherwise showed little age (Paul Stanley's voice excepted). And the band wasn't shy about calling a song from its new album a "classic," and even flashed the album cover on the video screen and mentioned that it's available at Walmart.
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Jane's Addiction opened its set just like it often did on the Nothing Shocking tour, with "Up the Beach" and "Mountain Song." And referencing the album art, the band had two models on stage, sitting on a rocking love seat, not with flaming hair but with big wigs. At 50, Perry Farrell has mellowed. He now seems like he'd make a great neighbor, who'd be happy to take care of your lawn and pets while you're on vacation. He introduced the next to last song, "Jane Says," as their "anthem." And besides the acoustic guitar and Stephen Perkins' steel drum, the band brought on a costumed coterie from backstage to sing-along. And I want to compliment big sombrero guy for adding something I never thought the song really needed.
If KISS and Jane's Addiction shared anything it was some clunkiness on the Katrina vibe. Farrell mentioned that he came to New Orleans with Tom Morrello of Rage Against the Machine to work on post-K relief efforts. But he brought up the storm as an intro to "Ocean Size." Apparently he understands storm surge. But that was still better than Paul Stanley, who let the crowd know that KISS wasn't a group to care about global warming or world hunger or "problems." He was introducing "Rock and Roll All Nite." And no-one seemed to mind, but is it really 'not cool' to care about global warming if your recently flooded city is below sea level? Maybe someone should have told him flooding can lead to the looting of a Walmart, where apparently KISS merch is widely available.
Besides the KISS army, there were some other popular costumes. Reno 911 officers were out in force. There were a few too many sexy Dorothys. Some pirates, but I think that was everyday wear for that crowd. And I saw one Lebowski, one Octomom and one Jesus.