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Jane's Addiction

Sixty seconds with Perry Farrell



Indy: Your original lineup is together for the first time in 18 years. I know some old tensions resurfaced recently when you were recording a pair of new songs, but now that you're on tour, how are things for Jane's Addiction?

PF: I can tell you this much, there is hope for even Jane's Addiction, because we are having a good time out here. I think success breeds peace, so right now there's peace within the band. And I hope that we continue on in this manner, because I think Jane's Addiction is a valuable tool for people in this world to kind of get out of their minds and forget their troubles and go back to this place where there was this beautiful mischief in their lives.

Indy: How are things shaping up for this year's Lollapalooza?

PF: We're blowing away the ticket counts from '08, [even] in this economy. That's the one thing I worry about, because I'm not worried about the lineup, which is so amazing. I started to do interviews and had to call them back and say, 'Oh my God, I forgot to mention Tool.' It's such a big lineup that sometimes I forget to mention all six headliners.

Indy: What highlights do you see in the rest of the lineup?

PF: I've always felt we should have somebody with the legacy of a Lou Reed. And we got Lou, and I couldn't ask for a greater legacy act. So I'm over the moon. I'm excited. The funny story is when I met Lou for the first time face-to-face at South by Southwest, one of the things he asked me was if I would make him a mixtape. And I feel bad that I didn't make him the mixtape, but I can do something better than that. I would cart him around to the acts that I thought he should really see in person. So it's going to be a fun year for me.

Jane's Addiction plays Englewood's Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, May 26.

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