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Cleared for take-off
JET hosts a MAGICal party featuring She Wants Revenge, revealing its full potential in the process
By Pj Perez
VEGASinsight, 9/11/06

The invite-only party held at JET on Aug. 29 by 944 magazine for the MAGIC convention served as a reminder of what potential JET – and other nightclubs like it – could have if only its owners would cut back their personal expense accounts a bit and get a little more creative with their entertainment options
The private party highlighted by an hour-long performance by She Wants Revenge not only accented JET's strengths, but also broadened the notion of what more clubs in Vegas could – and maybe should – be doing.

The members of She Wants Revenge started to wander near the stage just before 11 p.m., lead singer Justin Warfield chatting with Sunshine and members of the band's crew while smoking a few pre-show cigarettes. By this time, a surprisingly small group of guests gathered close to the stage, which rose only four feet above the dance floor. People finally started moving, contrasting the previous few hours, when no one was dancing and faces appeared almost bored.

She Wants Revenge performs for invited guests at JET. From left to right, Adam Bravin, Scot Ellis, Justin Warfield.

Photo by Pj Perez

Once She Wants Revenge tore into its first song, "Red Flags and Long Nights," the crowd finally snapped to, exhibiting typical concert behavior – pogoing, hooting, dancing, arm-waving and in the case of a few manic fans, exasperated gasping.

Considering the venue and small crowd, the band put on a strong performance. Though Warfield appeared a little irritated (perhaps because he was playing at a private party to privileged guests and not, for the most part, true fans), he delivered the group's trademark twisted songs of desire and deception with apropos melodrama and posturing. Bassist/keyboardist/co-founder Adam Bravin – in a sharp, black suit and fedora – performed with his usual penetrating stare and mechanical movements. Accented by guitarist Thomas Froggatt and anchored by the solid drumming of session ace Scot Ellis, SWR played most of the songs from its 2005 self-titled, full-length album and the "These Things" EP.

One highlight of the night was the band's cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped," which has become somewhat of a staple for the group. The song starts with Warfield alone on guitar and vocals, and slowly, the rest of the band comes in, building to a brilliant crescendo. Sadly, it felt as though only a quarter of the audience – or less – recognized the cover, which is either a testament to SWR's delivery, or the crowd's unfamiliarity with Depeche Mode.

In all, the audience behaved itself except for a moment during "I Don't Want to Fall in Love," a high-paced rave-up that saw multiple people climb on stage in front of the band to shake their groove things, including shameless, self-promoting comedian Jason Dinant.

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