Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell On Taking Extraordinary Precautions In Lollapalooza

Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell spoke to WGN and unveiled whether he and the crew took extraordinary precautions for this year’s Lollapalooza Festival. Farrell also emphasized people’s purchasing and owning guns without regulations while sharing his ideas about safety.

The iconic annual music festival, Lollapalooza, was founded by Perry Farrell in the early ’90s. Initially, it was a touring event where alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic dance music artists traveled to many cities. However, the famous festival needed to change and evolve because of the low ticket sales in 2004, so Farrell made a deal with Austin, Texas-based company Capital Sports Entertainment.

Since then, the festival has been located in Chicago. Several musicians and bands continued to be part of it with iconic live performances, alongside visual arts, nonprofit organizations, and political organizations. 2022’s Lollapalooza Festival started on July 28, at Grant Park, in Chicago. It will end on July 31, and the event’s star-studded lineup consists of Metallica, Machine Gun Kelly, Dua Lipa, Green Day, and many more.

During the Highland Park parade shooting, a 21-year-old man killed seven people and injured many more; Billy Corgan and Perry Farrell performed a benefit concert for the Highland Park Community Foundation’s July 4th Shooting Response Fund on July 27. Following the performance, the reporter wanted to know if he worked on more precautions, Farrell responded to the question, saying that it’s not more enhanced, but they would always focus on that. 

Here’s what the reporter said:

“You’ve talked about how everything has changed, and one of the things that have changed is safety and security. That’s why you were in Billy Corgan’s event last night because of the tragedy in Highland Park. Are you taking extraordinary precautions? You always took extraordinary precautions to keep people safe in Lollapalooza, is it even more enhanced this year?”

Farrell responded:

“Well, I wouldn’t say it’s more enhanced than it has been or needs to be, but I think these laws allow people to grab an AR-15 and start firing from a vantage point. Listen, we aren’t talking about muskets anymore. A musket takes a minute to reload. You can bring a guy down if he’s shooting at you and using a musket.

They aren’t using muskets anymore, so we have to be understanding of that. We have to reach into our hearts and say, ‘Look, for the safety of everyone and children, we have to go into detail about how we go about protecting, making sure that we can have a great time and thrive.'”

The Jane’s Addiction singer added that everyone could have and carry firearms like AR-15 because of the laws that allow them, which became one of the main reasons behind recent mass shootings. Farrell drew attention to the fact people weren’t using muskets anymore, and they needed to be more careful about everyone’s safety and to have a good time.