For all his contribution to music and to the betterment of people in general, Perry Farrell’s gone down in history as a true authority in the alternative music landscape. The singer and songwriter have had an outstanding musical career with more than fifteen albums in total, including both group and solo performances. He is the lead singer and figurehead of the ultra-popular alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction. Apparently, one music group was not enough for him. At various times he was the frontman for other alternative rock bands such as Satellite Party and Porno for Pyros.
Perry Farrell’s music has taken him all over the world. He is the spiritual child of the touring festival Lollapalooza. It was founded in 1991 as a farewell to Janes’s Addiction but has since developed into something of undisputed cultural and musical importance. It also holds the record for the highest performances of the Coachella Music Festival. No other artist has performed on the festival stages as often as Perry Farrell.
Perry Farrell’s early days and musical career
The maestro of alternative rock was born as Peretz Bernstein in Queens, New York City, on May 29, 1959. Perry, who was born and raised as a Jew, spent his primary school years in Woodmere, Long Island. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Miami, Florida. Perry already knew the tragedy at the age of three when his artist’s mother took her own life. He sang about these years later in some songs from Jane’s Addiction.
After high school, in the early ’80s, Perry moved to California to live the dream life of every surfer. During this time he worked odd jobs and lived in his car.
According to Perry, his excursion into music was inspired by his personal heroes: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, James Brown, Iggy Pop, etc. In 1981, he and a group of other musicians formed the group Psi Com. They were on tour, often together with other local acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone. The group broke up in 1985 before Perry met Eric Avery, with whom he later formed Jane’s Addiction.
Jane’s Addiction became something of popularity in local circles in Los Angeles, where they had their first gig from 1985 to 1991. The group released three albums which were very well received: “Jane’s Addiction”, “Nothing’s Shocking” and “Ritual de lo Habitual”. They finally had a fight and disbanded. The core problem of this argument was Farrell’s heroin addiction.
In the years between their separation and their reunion, Farrell and his colleague from Jane’s Addiction, Stephen Perkins, joined forces with two other musicians to form Porno for Pyros. They released two albums entitled Porno for Pyros and Good God’s Urge. After the first reunion of Jane’s Addiction in 1997, Porno for Pyros disbanded the following year.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which began in 1999, had a disastrous first year and could not be organized the following year. The plan to revive the festival in 2001 would almost have failed without the intervention of Perry Farrell. He found out months before the festival that there were still no leading actors. Perry contacted the festival organizers and decided to reunite Jane’s Addiction for the 2001 edition of the festival. This was the first time that the event had been profitable due to the large crowds that Perry and his bandmates were attracting.
In 2003, the group released the album Strays and toured for it. The album was awarded gold in the USA and silver in the UK. The band undertook several extended tours and performed at major music festivals in Australia and New Zealand before disbanding in 2004.
During this time, Farrell formed The Satellite Part, a music group with theatrical unity. The group debuted at the Key Club in Los Angeles in July 2005. In the same month, they also performed at Perry’s Lollapalooza. On May 29, 2007, they will release their first album on Columbia Records. The project called Ultra Payload included contributions from Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fergie, John Frusciante, etc. After further tours, including a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2007, the group was disbanded in 2008.
Jane’s Addiction’s performance at the NME Awards on April 23rd, 2008 marked the group’s first real reunion, as it was the first time the four original members of the band had performed together since their break-up in 1991. The band released another album The Great Escape Artist in 2011. However, they did so after replacing Eric Avery, who left the band for the second time at the end of 2009.
As a solo artist, Perry released the compilation album, Rev, in 1999 and his debut solo album Song Yet To Be Sung in 2001. The alternative rock artist has also released several songs online. One of them with the apt title Go All The Way (into the twilight) was used as the soundtrack for the popular vampire movie Twilight.
Lollapalooza, the annual music festival founded by Perry Farrell, was originally intended as a last hurrah for Jane’s Addiction when they split up in 1991. Since then, however, it has evolved into something much bigger and more important than originally intended. In 2005, the festival, in collaboration with the William Morris Agency and C3 Presents, decided to restructure it into a weekend excursion music experience. This helped it to recover from its declining numbers. Since then the festival has produced some interesting additions and spin-offs. The most memorable of these was the introduction of Kidzapalooza, the festival’s child- and family-friendly stage extension. In addition, the 2006 Purimpalooza was held in San Francisco. This was a celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.
Perhaps Perry Farrell will be remembered most for his intervention in the politically troubled and war-torn country of Sudan in December 2001, working with Christian Solidarity International to free thousands of slaves in the country. To achieve this, Jane’s Addiction donated the entire proceeds from one of their concerts to the liberation of 2300 slaves.
He also accompanied Tom Morello on his tour of the “Axis of Justice” to help the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and to raise money for the homeless in Los Angeles. The tour also donated money to Road Recovery, a nonprofit organization that helps young people fight drug addiction and other vices.
Who is Perry Farrell wife and does he have children? Is he gay?
Not much is known about Perry Farrell’s dating history before he married. However, in 1993 he worked with an ex-girlfriend, Casey Nicoli, to produce her film Poison. It was released by Warner Brothers.
Farrell is married to Etty Lau Farrell since June 2002. The two met in 1997 when Etty was on Jane Addiction’s The Relapse Tour. She was one of the dancers on the tour. Lau was born and raised in Hong Kong before she moved to Washington with her family at the age of only ten. Etty Lau is a classical ballerina dancer trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Cornish College of the Arts. When she turned 18, she received a scholarship to attend the Edge Performing Art Center in Los Angeles.
She was also a member of Perry Farrell’s The Sattelite Party as a singer, along with bassist Carlo Restivo. Etty is responsible for recording all the songs on her digital Farrell release. She is also one of the starters of the TV series Married To Rock on Channel E! The couple’s marriage produced sons Hezron Farrell and Izzadore Farrell.
The rock star’s marriage has not survived any infidelities or affairs. At least none that is public knowledge. Contrary to some fleeting rumors, however, the singer-songwriter is not gay.