November 13, 2008 |
The soundtrack for "Twilight," the film based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire book series, sank its teeth into the top of the national sales chart, debuting at No. 1 Wednesday after selling 165,000 copies during its first week of release. The album, which includes songs by Linkin Park, Perry Farrell, Paramore, Muse and other rock acts, hit stores in advance of the Nov. 21 general release date for the movie. It kept AC/DC's "Black Ice" from logging a third consecutive week at No. 1. "Black Ice" dropped to No. 2 with sales of 160,000 copies.
June 24, 1996 |
Perry Farrell is the consummate master of ceremonies, the ringleader for the circus of the eclectic. His previous band, Jane's Addiction, embraced Led Zeppelin and X, folk art and tribal culture and made it appeal to football captains and art-house denizens alike. And Farrell gave indie and alternative groups a stadium stage with his brainchild, the concert/happening Lollapalooza.
August 20, 1993 |
The most poignant image of the beautiful but infinitely sad "Gift" (at the Sunset 5, Fridays and Saturdays at midnight) is that of a glowing, striking-looking bridal couple standing in a field. Both are young, with dark hair and strong profiles. Both are dressed with lacy, spangled elegance, and they look endlessly blissful.
March 22, 1992 |
Fans of Perry Farrell--which include the writers at Rolling Stone and Spin magazines who named him artist of the year for 1991--have been hanging in suspense for months since the mysterious performer officially announced that he'd broken up his band, Jane's Addiction. Though Farrell had previously talked about leaving music for good, he assured the world that he'd be back with a new musical venture, but gave no clues as to what or when. Until now.
May 29, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. After two sold-out performances last week in New York, the L.A. edition of Stones Fest, a musical salute to the Rolling Stones that benefits the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, will bring Michelle Branch, Matt Sorum, Juliette Lewis and a host of other musicians to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, May 30. The talent roster for the show also includes Butch Walker, Chuck Prophet,...
October 25, 1987
The road to rock 'n' roll immortality is littered with the broken records of bands whose dreams of becoming the "next big thing" disintegrated in spite of publicity campaigns and record contracts fueled by ridiculous amounts of money ("Jane's Addiction's Big Trip," by Steve Hochman, Oct. 18). For someone who is so convinced of his place in music history as the band's Perry Farrell seems to be, he should do a little research on the subject before he opens his mouth again. Until the day arrives when the world is walking around humming the celebrated "Pigs in Zen," or his "musically light-years ahead" ideas are recognized as such, he should put a lid on it. I mean, the guy is such a legend in his own mind that he's already talking of quitting the business, and he's yet to commit a single distorted note to tape ("I might just split the country")
September 2, 1990 |
As film buffs await the newest from Kubrick and lit buffs the latest from Mailer, certain underground-rock fans look forward to a new release from Jane's Addiction--one of the very few groups capable of recording the Great American Album. And just as surely are they disappointed when it falls short. After all, it's the very unapproachability of the Big One that makes it such a tantalizing ideal. And Jane's, who toy artily with the boundaries of rock but also play riffs Jimmy Page would have given his whammy bar to have written, somehow record very good albums while they try. They mean it, man. So where Stephen Perkins may be the most powerful, rhythmically inventive drummer in rock 'n' roll, he was completely buried in the mix on Jane's' debut, "Nothing's Shocking."
February 4, 1996 |
Perry Farrell wants out of Lollapalooza. The unpredictable rock musician has long felt alienated by some of the directions taken recently in the traveling rock festival that he co-conceived both as a forum for new music and as a platform for social issues and technological innovations. According to various sources close to the situation, Farrell is planning to break away from it and explore the possibility of launching his own new event.
July 13, 1992 |
Perry Farrell might have been better off waiting a bit to formally unveil his new band, Porno for Pyros. The brief (45-minute) set the band played Saturday on the shore of Castaic Lake wasn't really much more revealing than the even shorter sets it has done at recent benefit concerts.