Now in its eighth year at its permanent residence at Grant Park, Perry Farrell‘s Lollapalooza has become a landmark music festival for not only Chicago but the world as a whole. Originally created as a farewell tour for his newly reunited outfit Jane’s Addiction in 1991, Farrell has expanded the success of Chicago’s premier music festival and has shared it with the rest of the world.

Farrell sat down with Marty Lennartz on site at Lollapalooza to discuss how he gets prepared for the festival, a special announcement coming Saturday, and the incredible upcoming webcast for the Jane’s Addiction show Saturday night.

2011 marked the first year of Perry’s venture abroad with the opening of Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago, Chile. This year’s fest took place March 31-April 1 and included notable acts such as Foster the People, Foo Fighters, MGMT, as well as many Latin American groups including Gustavo Cordera, Pedro Piedra, and Los Jaivas.

In addition to Lollapalooza Chile, Farrell also expanded Lollapalooza to Brazil this year which took in Sao Paulo, Brazil from April 7-8. With such a hectic festival season, Farrell has remarkable endurance. Much of that is due to his special preparation he says. Aside from the typical scheduling and working with his press team, he does something a bit more unorthodox.

“I try to get in shape by going on a surf trip,” Farrell says. “I get lots of that ocean energy to expend over these next three days of barely getting any sleep and partying a lot and talking to people.”

Farrell also alluded to some news that he’ll be announcing over the weekend. There have been rumors circulating that a new Lollapalooza location will be announced, but Farrell kept the content pretty close to his chest.

“We have another announcement that we are going to make on Saturday. It’s going to be beautiful,” Farrell says.

With the success of the new locations, as well as the flagship Chicago location, people can’t help but wonder where Farrell will bring the best urban music festival the world has to offer next.

Aside from all his work with Lollapalooza, Farrell has been keeping busy with his beloved Jane’s Addiction. Last year, the band released its first album since its reunion in 2008 titled The Great Escape Artist, which debuted at no.12 on the Billboard chart. The band is currently set to return to the studio upon finishing their current tour supporting the album.

And although they’re not playing this year’s Lollapalooza as they did in 2009, Jane’s Addiction are set to play the Aragon Ballroom with Franz Ferdinand on Saturday, August 4th (tonight) for an unprecedented $15 aftershow. But if you couldn’t snag tickets in time, you’ll still be in for a treat from the comfort of your couch. Not only is the band doing a live video webcast of the show, but it will use 360-degree camera technology to give you a full panoramic view of the show.

“If you’re looking at the stream with your cell phone, and if you tilt your phone up to the ceiling, you’ll see the ceiling of the Aragon Ballroom,” Farrell says. “If you tilt the camera back down and want to look at the singer and press on the lead singer, it zooms in on the singer. Essentially you’re the cinematographer.”

The PanoCAST Spherical 360 VR livestream will be carried on and is scheduled to start at 8:15PM/10:15PM/12:15AM PT/CT/ET on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The link will be live just before show time.

— Eric Staszczak, XRT Chicago


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