Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell told the Wall Street Journal in a new interview that he is working on a new music-oriented project that he plans to launch in Las Vegas, adding that Jane’s Addiction itself will act as the “test pilot” for the concept. Farrell explained, “I’m changing the model entirely. I’m changing the scale entirely — it’s going to be for an audience around 1,200 per show. It’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.”
Farrell, who co-founded Lollapalooza 25 years ago, said that he still likes the idea of festivals but thinks it’s also time for a change. He remarked, “Festivals have been the bread and butter for musicians for the last 10 years. We’ve been going at it for 25. The more festivals, the better . . . Like most things, when it’s knocked off and copied, after a while the artistry and the imagination starts to dry up. That, I’m not too happy about. That’s why I’m starting this new project.”
- Asked if the new project could include fresh music from Jane’s Addiction, Farrell said, “I’m going to be recording live music throughout the year; it’s a constant recording process. Jane’s is going to be the test-pilot group. We’re going to have multiple residencies at this complex and Jane’s is going to be the first group hired. We already started working on some new tracks.”
- Jane’s Addiction is currently doing shows in support of the 25th anniversary of its 1991 album, Ritual De Lo Habitual.
- The band will also play this year’s edition of Lollapalooza on July 30th in Chicago.
- Do you think there are too many festivals out there?
- Does it sound like Perry is feeling competition in the festival space and wants to get out?
- What do you think his new experience could be? Would you be interested in some sort of more “intimate” music performance that attending a huge festival?
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