of the Month, February 2000
Perry Farrell (aka Peretz) worked
with the H.E.A.R. organization at their November 20, 1999 benefit concert.
We are glad to honor him as our Artist of the Month for February.
Virgin Music Group Worldwide announced that Virgin has signed rock visionary
Perry Farrell to a worldwide recording agreement. He will be signed to
Virgin Records America and his album will be distributed and marketed
by the Virgin Music Group throughout the world. Perry is presently in
the process of recording his new record, "The Diamond Jubilee," tenatively
scheduled for release worldwide in April/May 2000.
As leader of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros and founder of the Lollapalooza
Festival, Perry Farrell has led rock audiences down some mighty interesting
roads and elevated their consciousness along the way. With "The Diamond
Jubilee," his spring 2000 album for Virgin Records, the rock visionary
is taking us to an exciting new place.
As the centerpice of his career, "The Diamond Jubilee," is a world party
plan that includes the most gorgeous soundscapes and vibrations on the
planet earth. All new music and attitude for the millennium. Bringing
inspiration to the global dance culture.
As Perry recently told an interviewer: "A jubilee for this time means
a great, great party. It's the oldest kind of prophecy going, and it has
to do with the redemption of man and of the Earth."
Jubilee cycle occurs every 50 years--it's a time to forgive each other,
forego debt, release people from poverty, and redeem ourselves.
Perry took time out from the recording of "The Diamond Jubilee" to perform
October 9 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival near Palm Springs,
CA. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Hilburn commented: "On the
main stage Saturday, the colorful L.A. singer Perry Farrell proved once
again that he is a remarkable pop conceptualist, putting together an entertaining
package of dancers and singers dressed in exotic clothing to underscore
the various world music influences in his music."
Perry took his Jubilee celebration to a whole new level when he performed
a sold-out concert at the Palace in Los Angeles in early November. According
to allstar magazine, which described his performance as "an engaging blend
of world music sensibilities and electronic edge," the evening featured:
"numerous elaborately dressed female dancers, both on stage and on platforms
around the 1,200 capacity venue. Multiple drummers and percussionists
laid down crazy jungle beats while an accompanying video presentation,
shown on one of the theater's large side walls, combined kaleidoscope
images and other similar trippy effects."
On a break from recording the album, Perry participated in a handful of
West Coast dates on the spoken Spitfire Tour, along with other compelling
personalities such as Ice T, Krist Novoselic, Andy Dick, Exene Cervenka
and Jello Biafra. Spitfire offers each artist an audience and a microphone
to share their thoughts on life, love, violence and politics.
"You can try to ride on your fame, but fame rots," says Perry. "I choose
to continue to create."