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Perry Farrell
(March 29, 1959 - living) U.S.A.

Perry Farrell

Singer-songwriter, musician, DJ.


Perry Farrell (born as Peretz Bernstein in Queens, New York City ) is best known as the frontman for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Perry created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Perry continues to produce Lollapalooza with partners William Morris Agency and C3. Farrell has also led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party. He is the only person who has performed at all twelve Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals to date, having appeared under five different names (Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction, DJ Peretz, Satellite Party, and with Hybrid).

He spent his grade-school years in Woodmere, Long Island, and moved to Miami, Florida, with his Jewish family during his teens. His father was a jeweler and his mother was an artist who committed suicide when Farrell was three, an event later noted in the Jane's Addiction songs "Then She Did" and "Twisted Tales." According to a Howard Stern interview on June 3, 1997, Perry believes aliens visit him and he accepts the knowledge and spirituality they bring

His early musical influences included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Sly & The Family Stone and James Brown. Soon after, he discovered David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Following graduation from high school, Farrell moved to California in the early 1980s to live as a surfer. There, he lived in his car and made money working construction and waiting tables. Perry has been sighted at premier surfing destinations throughout the world, most notably Bali, in 2001.

He has a son, Yobel, with ex-girlfriend Christine Cagle. In 2002, Perry married Etty Lau Farrell, a professional dancer and singer who has performed in all the Jane's Addiction shows since the 1997 Relapse tour. The couple now have two sons together, Hezron Wolfgang and Izzadore Bravo. According to Nndb, he is bisexual.

Kicking off his solo career, Perry released rev in 1999, a compilation featuring songs from his previous two bands as well as two new solo songs. In 2001, he released his debut solo album, Song Yet to Be Sung, whose lyrics are inspired by Kabballah. He has released a number of solo tracks online, all of them recorded with the involvement of wife Etty Lau. Their song "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" appeared on the Twilight film soundtrack.

In December 2001, Perry flew into politically-troubled Sudan with other members of Christian Solidarity International to negotiate the release of Sudanese slaves. Jane's Addiction donated their earnings from one concert for the redemption of over 2,300 people. Once the redemption agreement was signed, Perry started up freedom parties at various redemption sites. "He began dancing and singing," said an associate; "I wasn't sure what would happen, but then everyone joined in. Everyone was dancing. Even the Arab retrievers joined in. It was Christians, Muslims, and Jews all dancing together. Arabs, Africans, Americans, and Europeans - all."

Perry is an environmentalist. He met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street on January 31, 2007, to discuss global warming. He presented Blair with a CD of the Satellite Party track "Woman in the Window". Perry plans to become a digital-only artist for his next release. He worked with Global Cool in 2007 to help promote green living.

Perry has worked to bring music festivals to Israel, including Lollapalooza, and Jane's Addiction itself has performed in Israel. However, the Lollapalooza event fell through, with the organizers citing financial concerns and lack of talent willing to perform in Israel. Farrell starred and sang at a "Stand with Israel" party held at 7 World Trade Center, just outside Ground Zero in New York City.


Sources: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & http://www.nndb.com/

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