Porno For Pyros – The Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ

Porno For Pyros – The Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ – March 10, 2024

Review & Photos by Lori Schneider (IG: @LoriSchneiderPhotography)

A great end to the weekend was seeing the farewell and final show of the ‘Horns, Thorns, En Halos’ tour for Porno For Pyros.

The 16-stop trek of the farewell tour began on February 13 at the Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana, California before wrapping up on March 10th at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.

Porno for Pyros is an influential short-lived band (braking up in the late 1990s after releasing two albums) formed by Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, along with Peter DiStefano and Martyn LeNoble. After Jane’s Addiction disbanded in the early 1990s, Farrell formed Porno for Pyros, exploring a more eclectic and experimental sound. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1993, featured hits like “Pets” and “Tahitian Moon.” The album, released in 1993, was a departure from the heavier sound of Jane’s Addiction, incorporating elements of alternative rock, psychedelic rock, and folk. Their albums received generally positive reviews praising the band’s experimental and eclectic approach, as well as Perry Farrell’s distinctive vocals and lyrical style. Tracks like “Pets” and “Cursed Female” showcased the band’s ability to blend catchy melodies with darker, introspective themes. Overall, Porno for Pyros remains a notable band from the alternative rock scene of the early 1990s, and continues to be appreciated by fans of the genre for its unique blend of styles and Perry Farrell’s charismatic presence.

In addition to his work with bands, Farrell has pursued various solo projects and collaborations, often experimenting with different musical styles and artistic mediums. He is also the co-founder of Lollapalooza, one of the largest and most influential music festivals in the world.

Throughout his career, Perry Farrell has been recognized for his distinctive voice, provocative lyrics, and innovative approach to music. He remains a respected figure in the alternative rock scene and continues to be active in both music and other creative endeavors.

The founding members of Porno For Pyros were Perry Farrell (Vocals, guitar), Stephen Perkins (Drums, percussion), Peter DiStefano (Guitar, vocals) and Martyn LeNoble (Bass). They released only two albums – their self-titled debut in 1993 and “Good God’s Urge” in 1996.

The setlist for the night included:

Orgasm

Sadness

Porno for Pyros

Meija

Agua

Good God’s://Urge!

Thick of It All

Cursed Female

Cursed Male

Porpoise Head

Dogs Rule the Night (Tour debut)

100 Ways

Blood Rag

Bali Eyes

Wishing Well

I Got a Right (Iggy and The Stooges cover)

Bad Shit

Pets

Tahitian Moon

Opening for Porno For Pyros was Tigercub, a British alternative rock band formed in Brighton, England, in 2011 by Jamie Hall and James Allix. The band consists of Jamie Hall (vocals, guitar), James Allix (drums) and Jimi Wheelwright (bass). They are known for their dynamic sound, blending elements of grunge, punk, and alternative rock.

Tigercub gained attention with their energetic live performances and released their debut EP, “Debut,” in 2015. The EP featured tracks like “Burning Effigies” and “Centrefold,” showcasing the band’s heavy, riff-driven sound and Hall’s gritty vocals.

In 2016, Tigercub released their debut album, “Abstract Figures in the Dark,” which received positive reviews from critics and further solidified their reputation for crafting intense and atmospheric rock music. The album includes tracks such as “Omen” and “Control,” which demonstrate the band’s ability to blend melodic hooks with heavy instrumentation.

Since then, Tigercub has continued to tour and release new music, including the EP “Evolve or Die” in 2017 and the albums “As Blue As Indigo” in 2021 and “The Perfume of Decay” in 2023. Their music often explores themes of personal struggle, introspection, and the human condition, all delivered with a raw and powerful intensity. Tigercub remains a respected presence in the UK alternative rock scene, known for their passionate performances and uncompromising musical vision.

  • Their setlist included:

Swoon

The Dark Below

You’re My Dopamine

Control

Show Me My Maker

Beauty

Play My Favourite Song

The Perfume of Decay

Shadowgraph

Stop Beating on My Heart (Like a Bass Drum)