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Perry Farrell Talks Jane’s Addiction Tour, Lollapalooza, More

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When you think of some of the biggest rock bands from the past 30 years, few are as respected and revered from critics and fans like Jane’s Addiction. They were one of the pioneers in alternative rock’s infancy in the early 1990s, helping pave the way for the genre’s mainstream success. Jane’s Addiction are gearing up to headline the DeVos Performance Hall this March and frontman Perry Farrell called in to chat about the band’s legacy and what fans can expect from the show.

Jane’s released their fourth studio album The Great Escape Artist late last year, which is their first since 2003’s Strays. The band worked with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who helped pick up bass duties and other production work. While it may seem like an unlikely pairing, Farrell had no doubts about the partnership despite the group stepping out of their comfort zone.

“It was a tough record because it was just getting into this sound and this way of writing,” Farrell explains. “It wasn’t that they were resistant. However, anything new that you’re going to do, especially if you’re an older dog, they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. We’re kind of old dogs and we learned new tricks.”

Farrell continues: “[Guitarist] Dave [Navarro] was doing things he’s never done before. He was playing off of loops that he created and he’s never really done that. Dave is one of the greatest guitar players alive but he’s never written that way. It was at times difficult because there’s a certain frustration that comes with your learning curve.”

Jane’s Addiction will embark on their “Theatre of the Escapist Tour” in St. Louis on February 22 and will stop by the DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids on March 21. Farrell promises fans that they will be part of the show as soon as they step into the venue.

“We’re mixing immersive theatre into the show,” says Farrell. “Immersive theatre is basically where the audience itself is immersed and surround within the show. So I’m inviting people to dress kind of swank when they come to the show because they will likely be in the show.”

How awesome would it be to find yourself part of a Jane’s Addiction production? Perry Farrell goes on to briefly touch on Lollapalooza, his views on the SOPA and PIPA acts and the fall of MegaUpload, and more. Listen to the full interview below.

Tickets to see Jane’s Addiction March 21 at DeVos Performance Hall are on sale now and available at the venue box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and 1-800-745-3000.

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