Perry Farrell Says Billy Corgan Offered The Smashing Pumpkins And Jane’s Addiction’s Tour
In a recent interview with Spin, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction shared Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan‘s approach to doing a North American arena tour this fall called ‘Spirits On Fire.’
On July 4, a mass murder occurred in Highland Park. Seven people lost their lives, and more than 45 people were injured. The shooter was charged with seven first-degree murders. Billy Corgan, who has lived in the Highland Park area of Chicago, Illinois, for nearly two decades, decided to hold a benefit concert for the victims of this tragedy.
Several days later, Corgan held ‘Together and Together Again,’ a benefit concert to raise gun control awareness, with all proceeds going to victims affected by this devastating incident. Perry Farrell was also a part of the line-up and supported Billy Corgan on the live broadcast.
Apart from working for charity shows, The Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction declared that they would embark on a tour in May. Billy Corgan and Perry Farrell announced the ‘Spirits on Fire Tour,’ starting in October and ending in November.
In a new conversation, Farrell stated that the tour was Corgan’s idea. He added that Corgan offered to share the production with Jane’s Addiction. The rocker also said that Corgan’s performances were instinctive with the addition of lighting and costumes that make the show more appealing to the audience. In the end, he noted that most artists are no longer concerned with the details, but this tour will be great all around, especially with the epic sounds.
Perry Farrell’s words on the new tour with The Smashing Pumpkins:
“The tour was Billy’s idea; he approached us. And what I found interesting about Billy’s offer is that we’re going to share production. So I can make a show that is as grand as his. And I like that a lot because there’s something unique about Billy, not only in his music but in the fact that he puts his time into producing a show that is not just musical but also visceral. You’re being lit up by lights, video, costuming, and all these things. It’s a proper show.
I think many people today get up there on the stage and are greedy. They don’t want to put out for any of those other things that, I would say, you expect when you’re coming to a concert. Don’t you want to see the band up there all sexy, check out what they’re wearing, and have the lights creating drama? And then, of course, there’s the sound, and the sound’s going to be fantastic at these shows.”
The Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction have signaled that they are working on new music. At the charity concert, Billy Corgan gave a taste of the new record with ‘Photograph.’ Perry Farrell also announced that he would begin recording new tracks for Jane’s Addiction almost a decade later.