Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction: ‘I consider myself a late bloomer’ | The Guardian

He invented Lollapalooza, fronted one of America’s most influential bands – and, at 61, the flamboyant alt-rock guru is still thinking bigSitting cross-legged in his garden, at 61 Perry Farrell still has a jawline so jutting it looks chiselled out of the mountains above the Sunset Strip. His hair remains a thick clean wave, scarcely flecked with grey. The Jane’s Addiction frontman and founder of the Lollapalooza festival looks as if his former tour-mate, Iggy Pop, taught him the secret of avoiding the ravages of drug abuse, ageing and follicular woe.In 1993, fond of “speedballs” of heroin and cocaine, Farrell seemed considerably less immortal. Formed in 1985, Jane’s Addiction had become a multi-platinum juggernaut that reshaped alt-rock into something debauched and flamboyant. By the time Farrell’s next venture, Porno for Pyros, topped the US modern rock chart with the psychedelic banger Pets, Rolling Stone described him as Rock Star Most Likely to Die in the Next Year. Continue reading…

He invented Lollapalooza, fronted one of America’s most influential bands – and, at 61, the flamboyant alt-rock guru is still thinking big

Sitting cross-legged in his garden, at 61 Perry Farrell still has a jawline so jutting it looks chiselled out of the mountains above the Sunset Strip. His hair remains a thick clean wave, scarcely flecked with grey. The Jane’s Addiction frontman and founder of the Lollapalooza festival looks as if his former tour-mate, Iggy Pop, taught him the secret of avoiding the ravages of drug abuse, ageing and follicular woe.

In 1993, fond of “speedballs” of heroin and cocaine, Farrell seemed considerably less immortal. Formed in 1985, Jane’s Addiction had become a multi-platinum juggernaut that reshaped alt-rock into something debauched and flamboyant. By the time Farrell’s next venture, Porno for Pyros, topped the US modern rock chart with the psychedelic banger Pets, Rolling Stone described him as Rock Star Most Likely to Die in the Next Year.

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