For Perry Farrell, founder and creator of the Lollapalooza music festival and frontman for Jane’s Addition, this year’s lineup holds something personal. He’s constantly being asked who he plans to see, and as someone who grew up listening to Robert Smith, it was obvious: The Cure.
The Cure will be playing a two-hour set tomorrow on the Red Bull Sound Stage near the “XRT Media Complex” and Farrell notes with every song Smith and the band plays, “a memory is just going to come lose in your mind.”
When Farrell first moved out to Los Angeles he’d browse through the back pages of the LA Weekly for any listings for lead singers. The ones that would say either, “Must love New Order,” or Joy Division, or more importantly, The Cure, are the ones Farrell would respond to and audition for. “The Cure were one of the groups that I listened to when I moved to LA to become a part of the ‘LA Scene.’”
As Farrell and his band, Jane’s Addiction, started to garner more attention and success, he never lost the emotional connection he had with The Cure during his youth. The love and appreciation runs so deep, Farrell even admits their performances bring him to tears.
“I did just see them in Rio, so I might not cry [tonight],” Farrell said. XRT’s Marty Lennartz joked with Farrell about writing a tribute song titled “I Cried In Rio”—Farrell, harnessing his inner Robert Smith, sang a quick preview as to what that might sound like.
But being able to see bands that carry so much meaning is a reminder of why music festivals are such a success. And with similar headliners and artists, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other—or maybe it isn’t. Lennartz discussed a recent article in The Guardian about why Lollapalooza outshines the rest. The most important part? The booze. “It’s practically impossible to not have a drink at arms length at Lollapalooza,” Farrell said.
And in all seriousness, Farrell added Chicago provides more opportunity to engage outside of the festival gates, with a slew of after shows available to anyone at some of the best concert venues in the city.
The festival will celebrate it’s tenth anniversary of being in Chicago, and Farrell mentions something special might be in store next year. But, for now, Farrell and the rest of Jane’s Addiction will be setting out on a 25-show “Uproar” tour through the U.S. with Alice and Chains and Coheed and Cambria, among other artists.