[photogallerylink id=92744 align=left]Ah, the maestro of Lollapalooza himself. Spiritual godfather and festival founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction made his annual appearance here at the XRT backstage broadcast area to talk with Marty Lennartz. Hear Perry talk about the festival’s expanded menu, the “Perry” deejay stage, and how Lollapalooza is literally bigger than ever this year!
[photogallerylink id=92605 align=left]Originally creating Lollapalooza in 1991 as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction, the event has since morphed into a festival juggernaut, a destination for concert lovers of all ages, all tastes, and all origins. But like many alt rockers of the 80s and 90s, Farrell got his start on Los Angeles’ grimy Sunset Strip, jamming with various acts before forming Jane’s Addiction with Dave Navarro and company. For six years, the group dominated the scene with intense stage shows, led by Farrell’s drug-fueled screeches and manic dancing, as well as awesome studio albums that made occasional appearances on rock radio.
After the group’s breakup, Farrell formed Porno for Pyros, staying in the same vein as Jane’s Addiction. After two albums, JA reunited, only to break up again three years later. Farrell then formed the theatrical concept-group The Satellite Party, only to reform JA one more time four years later. Now, Farrell returns to his baby a solo artist, something he has never done before. As they always have in the past, the crowd will open their arms to the “godfather of alternative rock,” and knowing Farrell, he’ll jump right into them.
Here’s a brief history lesson on Lollapalooza, straight from Perry himself:
Finally, it all comes together in 1991, the first festival.