Farrell delivers the goods
BRECKENRIDGE – Perry Farrell wants to throw a party that will change the world.For a lucky group of fans at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge on Thursday, the local music scene was totally changed.In the Jan. 22 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Farrell said he hopes to spread a message of goodwill and happiness around the globe.When he stepped down for a moment from his role as Jane’s Addiction frontman, turning his back on any exclusive, superstar attitude to spin tunes for a small crowd of Summit County locals, he achieved his goal.Patient fans waited ’til midnight for Farrell to take the stage. What came was totally unexpected, better than the crowd could have guessed.One fan at Sherpa’s Thursday said the experience of seeing Farrell standing just steps away was surreal. For once the music felt untainted, and you could see he genuinely wanted us to have a good time. We looked around in awe at each other, thinking, “Perry Farrell is throwing us a party. How did this happen?”We live in Summit County to wake up to mountain views, to spend time playing outside, not to hear good music. And when we do venture out to dance, we often come home disappointed by the music and the scene.But Farrell was outstanding.The crowd was star struck and honored by Farrell’s presence. One fan approached the stage in supplication, bowing to the host with his hands in prayer at his forehead, showing his devotion to the DJ. Farrell returned the respect and love to his audience with his attitude, beats and voice.In a refreshing change from Sherpa’s usual fare of bluegrass and hippie jam bands, Perry mixed Pink Floyd and the Beastie Boys with dance beats. Latin dropped into hard techno over reggae, hip-hop and space. Transitions opened from throbbing seeds into expansive, soulful trance.Farrell took the mic and layered his hypnotic voice with crazy, ambient beats. Half the crowd pulsed to his orgasmic screeches and sweated in their dance pants. He sang to us: “live life,” although most of his ethereal screams were lost under the sounds of the records.Not every member of the audience was touched by Farrell’s gift, but those who were kept saying, “Thank you, Perry.”He greeted a few devotees and signed autographs before he left us with that remarkable feeling of goodwill.
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