Rolling Stone article:Perry Farrell on Being an Uncool Dad

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Rolling Stone article:Perry Farrell on Being an Uncool Dad

#1 Post by Artemis » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:21 pm

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The Last Word: Perry Farrell on Being an Uncool Dad and Why He'll Never Give Up on Lollapalooza
The Jane's Addiction frontman also talks business, spirituality and the birth of alternative rock


It's always pleasantly disconcerting to watch a bohemian legend settle into domesticity – even more so in the case of Perry Farrell, onetime bard of drugs and group sex. But while the Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza co-founder is now a married dad who turns 60 next year, his artistic pursuits are as untamed as ever, with much of his focus on a massive, brain-bogglingly elaborate Las Vegas mixed-reality installation called Kind Heaven, set to open next year. He's also working on a soundtrack album for the project, due in the fall. In the meantime, Farrell shared some hard-won wisdom, and some unexpected biographical nuggets, in a Last Word interview.

Would it be accurate to say that the smartest business decision you ever made was not selling the Lollapalooza name?

Yeah. By 1997, a few other festivals showed up, diluting the pool of artists. And we decided to lay it to rest. Following that, I would get hit up: "Sell it to me for $1 million." I would just keep saying, "No. I'm not giving it to you. I'd rather be buried with the name." And I was broke! And then eventually Jane's [Addiction] came back to do a record, and I said, "You know what? I'm gonna do another Lollapalooza and get the carnival going again."

And now you've invested your own money in Kind Heaven, the elaborate multimedia, augmented-reality destination you're working on in Las Vegas. Why?

In Vegas, they want skin in the game. I felt like, "Whoa, I'm really dealing with some tough dudes here." Like, at the last minute, they go, "No, I need money from you!" And at first I was like, "No, you don't pull that shit on me." But now, I can look at all my partners, and if anybody fucks with me, I'm gonna say to them, "Look, I'm a true partner here. I'm not a little kid anymore where William Morris or Live Nation is my daddy."

You had a rough relationship with your dad and left home at 17 – how does that affect the way you raise your kids?

As busy as we are, our first consideration is our family. You're a shepherd. If you lose a sheep, a sheep can get messed up. I remember coming out to California and how many wrong situations I got in. I just told my wife, Etty, about the time where I went on this one yacht and I was – honestly – I was an escort. And she goes, "Wait a minute. ..." And I said, "Well, you know, Etty, it wasn't like I signed up and I knew that I was going to end up an escort!" You're alone in the world, and people prey on you. And you're thinking, "A yacht? Yeah! All the booze you can drink!" My girlfriend at the time bailed on me for the guy who owned the yacht. I can laugh about it now, too, because I don't know where the hell she is, but I guarantee she's not on that yacht anymore.

Is there anything that makes you feel old these days?

My kids do, just because they don't think I'm that cool. It's like, they go to Lollapalooza, but they don't want to walk next to me. That killed me. I'll go, "Let's go," and my boy will be with his friends, and he will stand there and I'm going, "Come on, man, let's go!" He goes, "Do I gotta walk with you everywhere?" That moment I felt really old, like, damn, I'm not that cool. So I tried everything. I go skateboarding with him, which is all right because I can skate pretty decent, by far the oldest guy there in the bowls.

Do you remember when you first heard the descriptor "alternative"?

Might have been '91. You know why I think they attached it to us? At that time, alternative fuel was happening, alternative energy, so they went, "That's definitely the alternative to hair metal." Although the Grammys, the first time that we were nominated for something, they called it hard rock. We were up against Jethro Tull and Metallica, and we lost to Jethro Tull.

You look like you haven't gained an ounce since '91 – what's your secret?

I love to go into the water. Swimming. Surfing. I walk my dogs maybe four miles a day. And honestly, sex is very good for you. Very good. Singing and dancing can't be beat, either. I eat very small courses, but I love food and I'm not anorexic. I need the energy for the life force. But I never like to feel like I'm stretching out my intestines.

Who are your heroes?

One of my heroes currently is the great [Hasidic rabbi Menachem Mendel] Schneerson. His writings and his teachings are amazing. I've been reading them like crazy lately.

Would you call yourself a Lubavitcher?
I'm a love-bavitcher. I don't know what you call it. I'm just in love with the study. I study through the night. I don't sleep more than three hours at a time. I'd like to change that.

Was there a moment of spiritual awakening for you?
There was a time in the early Nineties when I had a vast visitation of energy, and I didn't want to change my ways. But I'll tell you what, get off drugs and you'll be spiritualized. The whole opioid situation – I had six major operations in my fifties, so I was always taking pills. Plus, I partied really hard. Beating it, you feel like you're being crucified. But you get a gift from it.

What's the future of Jane's Addiction?
Jane's will come back, and we'll be the first resident [performers] in Kind Heaven. I have them on board. And Porno for Pyros, too. Porno for Pyros will be within Jane's Addiction. And I'm putting together an orchestra.

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#2 Post by creep » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:46 pm

Artemis wrote:
What's the future of Jane's Addiction?
Jane's will come back, and we'll be the first resident [performers] in Kind Heaven. I have them on board. And Porno for Pyros, too. Porno for Pyros will be within Jane's Addiction. And I'm putting together an orchestra.
Oh Perry..... :crazy:

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#3 Post by crater » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:15 pm

Artemis wrote:
Is there anything that makes you feel old these days?

My kids do, just because they don't think I'm that cool. It's like, they go to Lollapalooza, but they don't want to walk next to me.
Might have something to do with your scary looking appearance these days :confused:

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#4 Post by Six7Six7 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:16 am

Artemis wrote:https://www.rollingstone.com/music/feat ... en-w521167

And honestly, sex is very good for you. Very good.
Does he have some sort of contract with Etty, that every single time he gives an interview, he needs to talk about how often he's banging her?

Either that or he thinks sex is some hip/cool thing to really make people pay attention.

For fuck's sake. :eyes:

Hey Perry, you're 60. People want to watch young celebrities actual sex tapes, not hear some dinosaur tell everyone that he can still get a boner for his wife. :lol:

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#5 Post by thoreau » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:20 am

Well, it looks like some of our collective assumption that he has been using pills for a while is confirmed.

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#6 Post by Pandemonium » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:58 am

Artemis wrote: "The whole opioid situation – I had six major operations in my fifties, so I was always taking pills."
Now we know how many times he's had plastic surgery.

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#7 Post by Charles » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:28 pm

creep wrote:
Artemis wrote:
What's the future of Jane's Addiction?
Jane's will come back, and we'll be the first resident [performers] in Kind Heaven. I have them on board. And Porno for Pyros, too. Porno for Pyros will be within Jane's Addiction. And I'm putting together an orchestra.
Oh Perry..... :crazy:
It is what it is. P4P is really the draw here for me...I'll be there with bells on. Vegas 2002 Hotel party reunion!!

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#8 Post by creep » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:20 pm

Charles wrote:
creep wrote:
Artemis wrote:
What's the future of Jane's Addiction?
Jane's will come back, and we'll be the first resident [performers] in Kind Heaven. I have them on board. And Porno for Pyros, too. Porno for Pyros will be within Jane's Addiction. And I'm putting together an orchestra.
Oh Perry..... :crazy:
It is what it is. P4P is really the draw here for me...I'll be there with bells on. Vegas 2002 Hotel party reunion!!
It sounds like Jane's with Pete playing a few P4P songs. I guess it would be something different. The orchestra part is just silly.

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#9 Post by Six7Six7 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:56 pm

creep wrote:
Charles wrote:
creep wrote:
Artemis wrote:
What's the future of Jane's Addiction?
Jane's will come back, and we'll be the first resident [performers] in Kind Heaven. I have them on board. And Porno for Pyros, too. Porno for Pyros will be within Jane's Addiction. And I'm putting together an orchestra.
Oh Perry..... :crazy:
It is what it is. P4P is really the draw here for me...I'll be there with bells on. Vegas 2002 Hotel party reunion!!
It sounds like Jane's with Pete playing a few P4P songs. I guess it would be something different. The orchestra part is just silly.
Yep. Likely just Pete playing Pets in between Jane Says and Underground.

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#10 Post by kevin » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:19 am

Lounge singer Perry with his stretched perma-smile prancing on the stage while ogling over Etty shaking her old ass in the air. But with a Hong Kong setting or whatever the CGI will be displaying in the background. :noclue: :balls: :banana: :drink: :jasper: :jasper: :jasper: :jasper:
Forever tarnishing his legacy.

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#11 Post by kevin » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:20 am

Suspension girls too.

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#12 Post by Artemis » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:44 am

I would definitely buy a travel package with:air+hotel+Vegas Knights game+Kind Heaven.

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#13 Post by bman » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:09 am

A brand new set of:
Stop
Just because
Aint no Right
Mnt Song
BCS
hong kong street food snack break
Three Days (lounge version)
Pets with Pete
hong kong dancers
Jane Says

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#14 Post by Six7Six7 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:24 pm

bman wrote:A brand new set of:
Stop
Just because
Aint no Right
Mnt Song
BCS
hong kong street food snack break
Three Days (lounge version)
Pets with Pete
hong kong dancers
Jane Says
I think that set has too many Jane's songs.

You're forgetting the 6 Perry Farrell's Kind Heaven duets with Etty he is undoubtedly going to sing.

This "show" will be a maximum of 10 songs. Tops.

6 will be Kind Heaven.

2 PFP. (Pets and Tahitian Moon)

2 Jane's. One will be Jane Says. The other will be something new Perry made on his laptop with a 4 second riff from Dave ala Another Soulmate.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Dave isn't even there. Perk/Chaney/Perry/Pete/Etty as the house band for the opening.

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#15 Post by Pandemonium » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:16 am

bman wrote:A brand new set of:
Stop
Just because
Aint no Right
Mnt Song
BCS
hong kong street food snack break
Three Days (lounge version)
Pets with Pete
hong kong dancers
Jane Says
Mlountain Song (the pew-pew laser remix)

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#16 Post by trevor ayer » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:01 am

Where is the article titled “perry farrell on being an uncool musician”?

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#17 Post by kv » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:26 am

Good one :neutral:

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#18 Post by Six7Six7 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:07 pm

trevor ayer wrote:Where is the article titled “perry farrell on being an uncool musician”?
Every article.

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#19 Post by Hype » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:03 am

I would see Kind Heaven in Vegas if it were free, or even like... $10. But it'll probably be $350 tickets and the food will probably be atrocious and overpriced too.

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#20 Post by SR » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:47 am

I'd rather go to Vegas than KH, and I hate LV

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