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The [Sunday] headliners started about 15 minutes late due after previous acts Lou Reed and Band of Horses played long, but what Jane's lacked in minutes they made up for in style. Farrell, decked out in a sparkly gold topcoat with tails and matching pants, entered the stage pumping his fists in the air for "Up the Beach" while spotlights poured over the audience and a helicopter roared above. By the time he launched into "Mountain Song" the tempo was set -- heavy, lengthy crescendos, exploding climaxes and falls powered by Dave Navarro's guitar.That 2009 festival-closing Jane's set took place on August 9th which was a few days after Steven Tyler fell off a stage.
Farrell slinked, twisted and jumped throughout, adding in a few hip thrusts for good measure and edging most songs along with a small introduction. "One, two, three days...Have you been to bed yet?" led into "Three Days" -- which featured a pair of dancers in powdered wigs and corsets slinking around behind the band -- and "We swore off women to get in shape for this show. We swore off liquor. I hated that rule. And we swore off stealing" to kick off "Been Caught Stealing."
For "Ocean Size," three giant Chinese dragon-looking blue waves were pulled into the first three rows for Farrell to hop offstage and mock swim in. For "Ted, Just Admit It...," the dancers re-emerged in bondage gear, seated on a bench to resemble the band's iconic "Nothing's Shocking" album cover. "You know, I'm a married man, but if it wasn't for my commitment before God I would fuck everybody," Farrell said. Jane's then re-appeared for two encores, the first featuring "Summertime Rolls" and "Stop." For the second, Farrell brought out Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to sit side-by-side with Navarro for "Jane Says." [Billboard]
Neko Case played earlier that day.
Perry Farrell performed with Leann Rimes on the first day of the fest.