Alternative icon to DJ at Yeti’s on Thursday
Perry Farrell is coming to Sherpa and Yeti’s in Breckenridge to DJ for what will be one of his smallest crowds ever.
The former front man of Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros broke out on his own and has been touring as a DJ for several years. Some fans also recognize him for his vision that created the Lollapalooza festival of traveling art, music and politics.
Reviews of Farrell’s recent DJ performances have varied. But for anyone whose coming of age included the songs “Been Caught Stealin’,” “Jane Says” or “Three Days,” this is truly an opportunity. Farrell’s coming to you, in a small venue, with new music.
Farrell has a history of mingling with other creative souls. One such occasion was a scene from the little-known movie, “Gift,” where Farrell performed a short piece about racism with rapper Ice Cube.
The studio scene was shot more than a decade ago, around the time Lollapalooza started winding down. The film’s seemingly inane exchange of the following same lines over and over, rhythmic and cacophonous, reiterated the tribulations of race relations in American history in a simplistic fashion.
“Don’t call me nigga’, whitey,” Ice Cube said, repeatedly.
“Don’t call me whitey, nigga'” Farrell said, over and over.
Farrell makes himself largely unavailable for publicity gigs and media interviews. His Web site, perryfarrell.com, advertises lists upon lists of consumer tips. But there’s no rhyme, reason or political theme to the sites, one can’t presume the listed businesses pay Farrell for the advertising.
One political organization aligned with Farrell and other musicians, such as U2’s Bono, is the Jubilee Research at the New Economics Foundation. The foundation enlisted 24 million people over a five-year period to cancel $100 billion in unpayable debts of the poorest nations.
As 1999 came to a close, Farrell adopted the idea of jubilee as an occasion of collaborative world dance beats and joyous redemption for himself and others around the world. His album “Diamond Jubilee” was recorded to capture that.
Perhaps the most honest that the world will see Farrell is in the movie “Gift.”
It is unclear which parts of the film are true, and which are fictional. Farrell comes home one day to find his young wife dead of a drug overdose. He lays with her on his darkest day, remembering their Mexican wedding ceremony.
He stares off into space in a well of despair. The camera shows the warped and sculpted, toy-infested, dark art that made their California house a home. The art includes the feminine Siamese nude statues that were banned from some covers of the album Ritual de Lo Habitual.
Farrell dresses her cadaver in a white gown and surrounds her with flowers he chopped from every beach side garden within walking distance. It’s surreal, it’s macabre, and it shows the heart he is capable of when someone gives him a gift of their spirit.
Farrell performs with Alex Graham at Sherpa and Yeti’s in Breckenridge on Thursday. Doors open at 9 p.m.
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