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Jane's Addiction update: If you are not in line now, you probably won't get in

November 20, 2008 | 12:39 pm

Janeselcid2 See these two guys who were already in line this morning on my way to work around 8:30?  They are getting in to the Jane’s Addiction show at El Cid tonight.   

What are your chances? They are not looking good unless you are already on the list, friends with the band or currently en route to the venue to claim your place in line (there were around 20 in line as of noon, according to our man in front of the Silver Lake restaurant, who also relayed that only 30 or so will get in). Official capacity at El Cid is around 150 200 people. Update: We checked with an El Cid employee and capacity is "around 150," not 200. Also, the latest buzz from the line around 4:15 p.m. is that 50 people will get in.

Jane’s Addiction fan website xiola.org has a pessimistic post regarding the chances of gaining entry tonight:

"no one will be getting in on ticket sales. if you are on the guest list, you will get in. from what i understand, even the guest list is already over 100 people. considering the max is 150 people, chances are you aren't on the guest list and are not gonna get on the guest list."

But Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, on his Indie 103.1 radio show “Dark Matter” last night, was a bit more upbeat, confirming that the band would play El Cid, while noting that he felt bad for fans who missed the past show at La Cita.

Navarro even called El Cid during his program, after a fan informed him that the venue was telling callers the show was a private event.

"There are no tickets available," an El Cid employee named Tobin who answered the phone last night told Navarro, unaware that he was actually talking to a member of the band.

Navarro eventually got the man to admit that there would be (very limited) tickets at the door tonight.

Navarro heavily hinted that there would be more opportunities in the near future to catch Jane’s Addiction at a more sizable local venue.

“We will eventually make it up to you, one way or another,” he said.

“What we are focusing on now is taking it back to where we started [in very small clubs],” he said. The guitarist further explained the rationale behind playing very small clubs such as El Cid and La Cita (two venues that look ripped from the pages of a "Ritual de lo Habitual" album art shoot) to listeners who might not understand why the group would make fans wait so long in line for a chance to see Jane’s Addiction. “We played a lot of obscure, out of the way places that weren't your conventional venues [back when we started],” he said.

Xiola.org says the band will be playing a gig sometime this winter at the Palladium, but Navarro claimed ignorance Wednesday.

“I don’t know about that,” he said, “but we have played the Palladium in the past.”

As we first told you Monday, the gig is first come, first served.  Tickets are $8 at the door.

-- Post and photo by Charlie Amter