Perry Farrell stays busy at home and on the road
On stage, Perry Farrell is an enigmatic frontman for the likes of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros. But at home, he's a typical dad.
On this day, Farrell is entertaining six boys -- friends of his 9- and 11-year-old sons -- who stayed the night, playing hide and seek instead of sleeping.
"Being that it's summertime, there are all these summer plans for my family, like going to Hawaii, and going to Chicago for Lollapalooza, and they're going on the road with me, too."
Jane's Addiction is playing this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which kicks off Aug. 9 in Pennsylvania.
"The boys love it," he said. "I want to call us a 'gypsy family,' but we're really a rock 'n' roll family."
Farrell is keeping busy these days with more than his family. He's recording with Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros, as well as with PerryEtty, a vocal house music project with his wife. Having his hands full is something Farrell enjoys, and recording multiple projects at once is more than fulfilling to him.
"Painters, when you go to their loft, they will have eight canvases going on at the same time," he said. "It's kind of like how I like to do my life. I start things and I definitely finish them, but it's also good to take a minute, let it sit and come back to it -- especially when you're writing music. You come back to it with a fresh set of ears, as they call it in the music business."
On Uproar, Jane's Addiction fans will get a taste of his work when the band debuts its new single, "Another Soul Mate," the story of a family friend.
"There's this gal, who is close friends with my wife (Etty)," Farrell said. "She is still dating. She might be approaching her 40s now, mid-30s at least. She's never been married. The whole time we've known her, she's gone through fella after fella.
"They stick around for maybe eight months and then they go. The song is written about her. Every time she meets up with a new one, she says the same line, 'I feel he's my soul mate.' I said to Etty, 'Another soul mate?' You really only have one soul mate. You only have one soul to share."
The song was finished the day before the interview, and Jane's Addiction was readying it for release. The album on which the song will appear, is slated to be released in 2014. Prior to that, Farrell will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the album "Nothing's Shocking," and he'll follow up with the receipt of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October.
In the meantime, Jane's Addiction followers can expect "excellence" from the band's set at Uproar.
"With Jane's Addiction, one thing to expect is excellence in the production," he said. "With the live production, we have video that was custom made; I actually custom made it. There are dancers going on that dance to complement the songs. Then there's Jane's Addiction and our, I guess, you'd call it heavy metal muscle music, the strong powerful rock music that we've come to be known for. It's always cinematic and dramatic and full of power and pageantry."
Back to Farrell's house: When he isn't working on music or ruling over his sons' sleepover, he is supervising the installation of closets in the upper level of his home and a trampoline in the backyard. He's just your everyday dad.
"I'm building a trampoline to practice snowboarding in the off season," he said. "They do it on a trampoline. They practice their jumps and spins when they launch. So I'm getting a trampoline put in, but it's a ground-level trampoline.
"So I have six boys. Then upstairs they're redoing my closets. I'm recording in the basement. I'm getting excited about Uproar but there's a lot going on currently. It's all fun stuff. It's reasons to live."
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