Perry Farrell Decides To Shut His Mouth After Arrests Of Rock Singers

Perry Farrell recently reflected on Lollapalooza’s politically charged past and its evolution over the years during a session at IndieWire’s Studio at Sundance, Presented by Dropbox.

While discussing the new docuseries’ Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza,’ the singer talked about the festival’s history, including moments that led to its temporary shutdown due to political controversies. The festival’s politically charged atmosphere, highlighted by performances like Ice-T’s ‘Cop Killer,’ sometimes led to clashes with authorities and venue owners. Farrell recalled:

“The name itself, it was a wonder that it all happened, that it was allowed to happen, the fact that in later years we were shut down because of our politics. We don’t go into that in this documentary, but there were years we got shut down for being too political. The venues heard we were coming with heavy stuff, and they were like, ‘No, you can’t come here.'”

Lollapalooza’s Evolution And Current Identity

Since settling in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2005, Lollapalooza has transformed into one of the world’s largest music festivals, diversifying its lineup to include mainstream pop stars alongside alternative acts. Farrell mused on this evolution in a 2023 interview with Fast Company, saying:

“You have politics, you have business, you have computers. That’s not Lollapalooza. It’s the polar opposite of all that. It’s I don’t care who is calling me on my cell phone; I wish I didn’t have the damn thing. It’s I’m looking at people, I’m outside, I’m actually talking to people, not into a cell phone, I’m actually outdoors, not in an office, not in a building, not in school. I’m dressing cute, and I’m looking at what everybody is wearing. I’m looking around to see who is attractive and who is looking at me. It’s all ancient communal party.”

Since 2005, Farrell has often performed at the festival, including shows with his band Jane’s Addiction and other projects like Satellite Party and Kind Heaven Orchestra. ‘Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza’ premiered its first two episodes at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, with its Paramount+ release date still pending.