With the first ever Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago now in the books, Perry Farrell's focus turns to his band, Jane's Addiction, which will offer the first single off its upcoming album as a free download tomorrow on the band's website, janesaddiction.com. The new album "The Great Escape Artist," the group's first in eight years, will be released Aug. 23 on Capitol Records, according to Farrell.
Farrell played an earlier mix of the song "End To The Lies" March 30 on Chilean radio while he was in that country ramping up for Lollapalooza's first festival outside of the U.S.
Lolla Chile "went over really well," Farrell tells Billboard.biz. "In my mind I almost kind of underplayed it, expecting maybe mediocrity, and then if something better than that happens, you're delighted. Man, from the very first moment they opened the gates and people came in and I saw them doing it the same way the that they do it in Chicago, I knew we were on."
Lollapalooza Chile was staged at O'Higgins Park with a lineup that included Kanye West, the National, the Killers, Jane's Addiction, 30 Seconds To Mars, Fatboy Slim, Deftones, Cypress Hill, 311 and the Flaming Lips, along with local and regional artists. Santiago-based promotion company Lotus Producciones signed a licensing deal with Farrell and his partners C3 Presents and William Morris Endeavor for the rights to organize the fest for 10 years in Santiago.
Regarding the band that launched Lolla as a pioneering touring festival 20 years ago, Farrell says, "Jane's is emotionally very healthy today." Calling from Lima, Peru, where Jane's Addiction was booked for a show at Explanada Estadio Monumental, Farrell says, "We are 70%-80% finished with most of the songs, now we have to go put the sweetening agents on top of it. The rhythm sections are done, the vocals are mostly done; but, of course, when the sweetening agents come I might change a few lines here and there."
Farrell says the band is "excited about the future" and will tour this summer in support of the new project, which Farrell describes as "not a political record. It is the exact opposite. It is an album about being able to break free, break through, escape from the confines of everyday life, escape from the workload, escape from your past, dissolving into the universe and getting a feeling like that. That's what we're building and it will be built: a new show, new music, and a new future."
Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary festival at Chicago's Grant Park is set for Aug. 5-7, with a full lineup to be announced later this month.