There were two major rock and roll concerts going down in Eastern Massachusetts last night: The reunited “classic lineup” of Guns N’ Roses were in Foxborough for the first of two nights at Gillette Stadium, and Jane’s Addiction were at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ritual do lo Habitual.
En route to Gillette, we wondered if Guns N’ Roses were going to perform any sort of tribute to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who collapsed on stage during a recent gig with Hollywood Vampires and was hospitalized due to a reported combination of exhaustion and dehydration. Our money was on GnR busting out a bit of “Mama Kin”, which they covered and featured on 1988 mini-album Lies.
That never happened.
Instead, the Perry tribute and dedication came from the Jane’s Addiction show, where the Los Angeles alt-rock pioneers performed David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and raised a glass to the hometown hero. According to Bradley’s Almanac, word is that Hollywood Vampires were performing “Rebel Rebel” as Perry was wheeled out on a stretcher by Brooklyn EMTs a few weeks back, so Perry Farrell and company decided to play that in the 65-year-old guitarist’s honor.