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Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell
Perry Farrell performing with Jane's Addiction at BFD 2012
Background information
Birth name Perry Bernstein
Also known as DJ Peretz
Born (1959-03-29) March 29, 1959
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal, electronica
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, DJ
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, turntables, laptop, piano
Years active 1981–present
Labels Warner Bros., EMI/Capitol, Columbia
Associated acts Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, Satellite Party, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox

Perry Farrell (born Perry Bernstein; March 29, 1959)[1] is an American musician, best known as the frontman for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Farrell continues to produce Lollapalooza with partners William Morris Agency and C3. Farrell has led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party. He is the only person who has performed at all twelve Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals to date, having appeared under five different names (Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction, DJ Peretz, Satellite Party, and with Hybrid).


  • Biography 1
  • Music career 2
    • Psi Com (1981–1985) 2.1
    • Jane's Addiction (1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present) 2.2
    • Porno for Pyros (1992–1998) 2.3
    • Solo career (1999–present) 2.4
    • Satellite Party (2004–2008) 2.5
  • Lollapalooza 3
    • Kidzapalooza 3.1
    • PurimPalooza 2006 3.2
  • Work outside music 4
  • Discography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Born as Perry Bernstein in Queens, New York City, New York, he spent his grade-school years in Woodmere, Long Island, and moved to Miami, Florida with his Jewish family during his teens.[1] His father was a jeweler and his mother was an artist who committed suicide when Farrell was three, an event later noted in the Jane's Addiction songs "Then She Did" and "Twisted Tales." According to a Howard Stern interview on June 3, 1997, Farrell believes aliens visit him and he accepts the knowledge and spirituality they bring.

His early musical influences included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Sly & The Family Stone and James Brown.[1] Soon after, he discovered David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Following graduation from high school, Farrell moved to California in the early 1980s to live as a surfer. There, he lived in his car and made money working construction and waiting tables.[2][3] Farrell has been sighted at premier surfing destinations throughout the world, most notably Bali, in 2001.

In 2002, Farrell married Etty Lau Farrell, a professional dancer who has performed in all the Jane's Addiction shows since the 1997 Relapse tour. The couple now have two sons together, Hezron Wolfgang and Izzadore Bravo. In a video interview with Blender Online, Farrell says of his wife, "Etty and I have been working together since 1997. The very first time I saw her come in and shake her... ponytail, I hired her and I fell in love with her on the spot. We travel together and we have a collective memory. So in other words, I don't remember anything and she just reminds me of everything. So we share this memory bank. And it ain't a bad thing waking up with a hot chick in your bed every day."

Music career

Psi Com (1981–1985)

He became the frontman for the Post-punk band Psi Com in Los Angeles, and traveled in a larger community of area musicians including the bands X, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, and The Minutemen. Psi Com broke up around 1985 and Farrell met Eric Avery through mutual friends. The two began jam sessions which would become the initial foundation for Jane's Addiction. It was during this period that Bernstein chose the pseudonym Perry Farrell for himself as a play on the word "peripheral."[4]

Jane's Addiction (1985–1991, 1997, 2001–2004, 2008–present)

Jane's Addiction made its name in mid-1980s LA by building up a rabid fan base with legendary, high-energy shows in small LA rock clubs. Jane's Addiction, prior to their first break-up, released three albums Jane's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual. A B-sides album from the Ritual sessions, titled Live and Rare was released in Japan. Late in 1991, Jane's Addiction broke up due to internal tensions over differing ideologies mostly centering around drug use, notably Farrell's severe addiction to heroin. Around this time, as mentioned in the SPIN Magazine (1991 Vol. 7 Num. 3) article about their "Ritual" tour, a rumor got around that Farrell had contracted HIV. Apparently for amusement, Farrell would tease audiences with "news" of his supposed health and would neither confirm nor deny its truth. In 1993 Farrell and his ex-girlfriend Casey Niccoli released a film called Gift that featured Jane's Addiction. Gift was released by Warner Brothers. In 1997, Jane's Addiction reformed for a brief reunion tour with Flea replacing Avery on bass. The "Relapse Tour" was supported with the release of Kettle Whistle, a rarities album featuring four new songs.

Farrell has sometimes been credited with changing the fortunes of the Strays. It quickly became one of their best selling records and was certified gold in the USA and silver in UK.[6][7] They toured extensively in North America and Europe, brought back Lollapalooza for the first time since 1997. as well as performing at the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand. Internal struggles saw the band split up again in early 2004. A "Best Of" release following the breakup of this incarnation of the band was released in 2006, titled Up from the Catacombs.

The four original members of Jane's Addiction played their first show together in 17 years at the first United States edition of the NME Awards on April 23, 2008 and have played two small shows in Los Angeles during Winter 2008. The band is the first American band to receive the "God Like Genius" Award. The reunited Jane's Addiction re-debuted at SXSW in 2009 and kicked off a summer tour with Nine Inch Nails. Eric Avery again left the band in late 2009, leaving Farrell, Navarro and Perkins as the remaining members of Jane's Addiction. The band with Dave Sitek on bass released The Great Escape Artist in 2011 and have continued to tour.

Porno for Pyros (1992–1998)

Following the break-up of Jane's Addiction, Farrell formed Porno for Pyros with former bandmate Stephen Perkins as well as newcomers Peter DiStefano on guitar and Martyn LeNoble on bass. Together they released two albums, Porno for Pyros and Good God's Urge.

Solo career (1999–present)

Perry Farrell with Jane's Addiction
December 3, 2009

Kicking off his solo career, Farrell released rev in 1999, a compilation featuring songs from his previous two bands as well as two new solo songs. In 2001, he released his debut solo album, Song Yet to Be Sung, whose lyrics are inspired by Kabballah.

Farrell has released a number of solo tracks online, all of them recorded with the involvement of wife Etty Lau. Their song "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" appeared on the Twilight film soundtrack.[8]

Satellite Party (2004–2008)

Farrell performing at the London Astoria in June 2007

Farrell formed a new band/theatrical entity entitled The Satellite Party. Satellite Party is a concept album and is the story of a fictional band of musicians called The Solutionists who are trying to change the world.[9] Farrell conceived the project with his wife Etty Lau Farrell. Etty sings and plays her part on the record as well as the live stage shows. Satellite Party made its debut in Los Angeles at The Key Club on July 18, 2005, followed by a performance at Lollapalooza 2005, held in Grant Park in downtown Chicago on July 24, 2005.

Their debut album, Ultra Payloaded, was released on May 29, 2007, on Columbia Records, with contributions from artists such as John Frusciante and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, electronic dance producers Hybrid, former Red Hot Chili Peppers/Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, and Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas.[10]

Satellite Party performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27, 2007. On June 8 they performed at the Download Festival at Donington, UK.[11] On June 29 they performed alongside Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age at Rock Werchter, Belgium. They performed at Buzz Beach Ball 3 in Kansas City, Missouri (a concert sponsored by KRBZ), and EndFest 16 in Seattle, Washington.


In 1991, prior to Jane's Addiction dissolving, Farrell, Ted Gardener, and Marc Geiger created the

  • – Official Artist Site
  • Perry on Virgin Records
  • Justin's Jane's Addiction: Perry Farrell
  • Perry Farrell at the Internet Movie Database
  • Perry Farrell – VH1
  • April 2007 Podcast Interview with Perry Farrell at
  • Videos from a May 2007 Press Conference with Perry Farrell
  • Interview on

External links

  1. ^ a b c Mullen, Brendan. Google Books, Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2005. ISBN 0-306-81347-5
  2. ^ "My Life in Music: Perry Farrell". Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Perry Farrell". Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Perry Farrell | New Music And Songs". MTV. March 29, 1959. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Coachella Music Festival – Coachella – Profile of Coachella Music Festival". June 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – July 12, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  7. ^ [3] Archived February 18, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [4] Archived November 14, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "'"Farrell's Satellite Party announces online premiere of 'Wish Upon A Dog Star. Monsters and Critics. February 5, 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  10. ^ Harris, Chris (April 29, 2005). "Flea, Frusciante Contributing To Farrell's Next Big Concept – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  11. ^ "DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2007 | Download Festival 2013". Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  12. ^ "Lollapalooza 2004 cancels all dates". Usatoday.Com. June 22, 2004. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  13. ^ "Kidzapalooza". Kidzapalooza. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  14. ^ "Kidzapalooza 2011 lineup announced". Time Out Chicago Kids. May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
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  16. ^ Heller, Z.P. (September 15, 2008). "The Relentless Activism of Tom Morello". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  17. ^ "Home". Road Recovery. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  18. ^ Archived October 4, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Perry Farrell, Doors drummer launch Global Cool | News". Nme.Com. January 30, 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
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Miscellaneous musical appearances and collaborations

Satellite Party


Porno for Pyros

Jane's Addiction

Psi Com


Farrel has worked to bring music festivals to Israel, including Lollapalooza, and Jane's Addiction itself has performed in Israel.[15][20] However, the Lollapalooza event fell through, with the organizers citing financial concerns and lack of talent willing to perform in Israel. Farrell starred and sung at a "Stand with Israel" party held at 7 World Trade Center, just outside of Ground Zero in New York City.[21][22]

Farrell is an environmentalist, and plans to become a digital-only artist for his next release.[18] He worked with Global Cool in 2007 to help promote green living.[19]

Farrell met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street on January 31, 2007, to discuss global warming. He presented Blair with a CD of the Satellite Party track "Woman in the Window".

[17] He joined forces with

In December 2001, Farrell flew into politically-troubled Sudan with other members of Christian Solidarity International to negotiate the release of Sudanese slaves. Jane's Addiction donated their earnings from one concert for the redemption of over 2,300 people. Once the redemption agreement was signed, Farrell started up freedom parties at various redemption sites. "He began dancing and singing," said an associate; "I wasn't sure what would happen, but then everyone joined in. Everyone was dancing. Even the Arab retrievers joined in. It was Christians, Muslims, and Jews all dancing together. Arabs, Africans, Americans, and Europeans – all.". Mr. Farrell is Jewish by descent.[15]

Work outside music

In 2006, Farrell performed at Purimpalooza, which celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim. It was a concert for all ages and presented different Jewish musical groups. It took place in Ruby Skye in San Francisco, and featured bands including Moshav, Chutzpah, and Matisyahu.

PurimPalooza 2006

In 2005, music producer Tor Hyams approached Farrell with the idea of creating a kids' stage with family-friendly fare at Lollapalooza. Kidzapalooza came to be that year, produced by Hyams and continues to this day with guests like Slash, Patti Smith and LeAnn Rimes appearing in the lineup of artists.[13][14]


, Chicago, Illinois. Farrell is therefore generally acknowledged as one of the "godfathers" of alternative rock music. Grant Park) and retooled it as a weekend destination festival in C3 Presents, Texas-based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now Austin partnered up with William Morris Agency In 2005, Farrell and the [12]

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