Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell Shares Why He’s Never Sold Lollapalooza

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell recently joined Heavy Consequence for an interview. During the conversation, he revealed why he had never thought about selling Lollapalooza and the struggles young musicians have to undergo in the current music industry.

Perry Farrell created Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction before their dissolving in 1991. Throughout the years, Lollapalooza evolved into a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. Lollapalooza had a significant impact on the alternative rock scene that grew further with the success of alternative rock. It also became more prominent after helping bring forward the musicians that were previously strangers to the mainstream.

Farrell continues to produce the festival along with his partners and never intended to give up on his duties as a producer. In an interview with Heavy Consequence, Perry Farrell claimed that younger bands can no longer come forward in the music industry due to a lack of opportunities and backing. He then claimed that young musicians need support and encouragement. He gave sports an example because youngsters have a chance to improve themselves in the sports industry with many clubs and education.

Moreover, Farrell said there is no support system among the artists, but he sees Lollapalooza as a support system. The musician has never sold Lollapalooza because he believes the festival supports, nurtures, and raises the younger artists, which is what the music industry and the younger generations of musicians need.

In the interview, Heavy Consequence’s Spencer Kaufman asked Perry Farrell the following:

“Is there a sense of pride in the fact that you helped spearhead this alternative rock movement, but is there also a sense of worry in that these bands like Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Tool, or Jane’s Addiction are still the biggest bands, and it’s taking a lot for these younger bands to get up to those ranks?”

As a response, Farrell said:

“They can’t do it. The way you and I can look at it is pretty simple to see. I look at sports, and I look at entertainment, specifically music. I wanted to work music more like they do sports. As an example, young children go into the little league when they’re like seven years old. Then they’re encouraged, and they have high school and college. They’re always getting smarter, and they have a support system.

We artists haven’t created a support system. We have Lollapalooza, that’s a support system. That’s the way I look at it. That’s why I never sold it. It really is a support system. Add on to that support system the way they do the NBA sponsored by McDonald’s. Well, that’s their deal. I wouldn’t necessarily sponsor with McDonald’s, but I would with Fender certainly. So, young people have to be nurtured that way. They have to be raised and refined like any other business, or what you do for a living or a lifestyle.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.