Perry Farrell
Birth Date:
March 29, 1959
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, USA
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Jane's Addiction


“The music of Joy Division hit me. I only found out about them after Ian Curtis died. This fellow was so saddened by love. I thought, 'This is what a broken heart sounds like.' I could not stop playing that music.” Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell is most famous as the lead vocalist and frontman of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. The band broke up in 1991 after releasing two studio albums, “Nothing's Shocking” (1988) and “Ritual de lo habitual” (1999). They also had their first charting single, “Jane Says” (1988) and two Modern Rock Tracks No. hits, “Stop!” and “Been Caught Stealing” (both 1990). Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991, which has since developd into an annual destination festival. The band briefly reunited in 1997 and again in 2001 before breaking up again in 2004. In July 2003, the band released the third studio album, “Strays.” Following the second break up, the classic line up of Jane's Addiction reunited in 2008, but Eric Avery left the band in 2010. Their latest studio album, “The Great Escape Artist,” was released in October 2011. Farrell also has led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros (1992-1998) and Satellite Party (2004-present). On the solo front, he had the 1999 compilation release “Rev” and the 2001 solo album “Song yet to be Sung.” Farrell is also a DJ.

Farrell is a vegetarian and a supporter of the “Free Tibet” campaign, in addition to various other human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the 3rd world “Drop The Debt” campaign. He is also an avid surfer.

Farrell is married to singer/actress/professional dancer Etty lau. He has three sons: Yobel (with ex-girlfriend Christine Cagel), Hezron Wolfgang and Izzadore Bravo (both with wife Etty). Prior to the marriage, Farrell had an almost ten year relationship with Casey Niccoli. Niccoli became the inspiration for many classic Jane's Addiction songs like “ Classic Girl” and “Been Caught Stealing.”

Peretz Bernstein

Childhood and Family:

Perry Farrell was born Peretz Bernstein on March 29, 1959, in New York City, New York, to a Jewish family. His father was a jeweler, and her mother, who was an artist, committed suicide when he was a young child. During his grade school years, he lived with his father in Woodmere, Long Island, and they later moved to Miami, Florida when Perry was a teenager. After graduating from high school, he relocated to Los Angeles, California in the early 1980s to live as a surfer, while working in constriction and as a waiter to pay the bill. His early musical influences included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Sly Stone and James Brown. He soon added David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to his lists.

In January 2002, Perry married Etty Lau Farrell (born December 10, 1974), a professional dancer who has worked in all the Jane's Addiction shows since the 1997 Relapse tour. He recalled, “Etty and I have been working together since 1997. The very first time I saw her come in and shake her... ponytail, I hired her and I fell in love with her on the spot. We travel together and we have a collective memory. So in another words, I don't remember anything and she just reminds me of everything. So we share this memory bank. And it ain't a bad thing waking up with a hot chick in your bed every day.”

Perry and his wife have two sons together, Hezron Wolfgang and Izzadore Bravo (born October 9, 2004). He also has a son named Yobel, with former girlfriend Christine Cagel.

Just Because


Perry Farrell started his musical career as the frontman of the Los Angeles Gorhic rock band Psi Com in the early 1980s. The band broke up in1985 after releasing a self titled EP. Through mutual friends, he met an alternative fan Eric Avery, and the two started to practice together that would become the early foundation for Jane's Addiction. It was during the time that he took the name Perry Farrell for himself as a play on the word “peripheral.”

With original line up of Farrell on vocals, Eric Avery on bass, Dave Navarro on guitar, and Stephen Perkins on drums, Jane's Addiction emerged as a sensation on the Los Angeles club scene, thanks in part to Farrell's high pitched singing, manic dancing and drug fueled general showmanship. The band quickly attracted the attention of many record labels before eventually choosing to sign with Warner Bros. Records.

The band's first release, “Jane's Addiction,” a live album recorded at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 26, 1987, was released on September 20, 1987 through an indie label, Triple X, after the band supported British band Love and Rockets on a two-month tour in late 1987. following this, Farrell and his bandmated went into the studio in January 1988 to record their first studio album.

“Nothing's Shocking” was released via Warner Bros. on August 23, 1988. Produced by Farrell and Dave Jerden, the album gained positive reviews from critics upon its release, though it only peaked at No. 103 on the Billboard 200. The single “Jane Says,” which was written by Farrell and Avery, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Alternative Songs and No. 37 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The album also produced two more singles, “Mountain Song,” whose music video was banned from MTV due to nudity scenes as well as scenes of teen girls dancing in diaper, and “Ocean Size.” Because of lack of airplay on MTV and modern rock radio, “Nothing's Shocking” only sold 200,000 to 250,000 units in its first week of release. The album has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. After the release of their debut, Jane's Addiction went on tour as an opening for Iggy Pop and The Ramones. By the end of the tour, the band was headlining clubs and theaters.

On August 21, 1990, Jane's Addiction resurfaced with their second studio album, “Ritual de lo habitual,” which was again produced by Farrell and Dave Jerden. The album reached No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and went on to receive double platinum certification from the RIAA. It also charted at No. 37 on the UK and No. 33 in Canada and went gold in both countries. Penned by Farrell and Dave Navarro in 1986, the single “Stop!” (1990) reached the Top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The band, however, did not have their biggest hit until the release of “Been Caught Stealing” on November 15, 1990. Written by Farrell and Avery, the song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, in addition to reaching No. 29 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and No. 34 on the UK Singles Chart. Another single, “Classic Girl” (1991), written by Farrell and Navarro, peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and No. 60 in the UK.

Farrell and his bandmates embarked on a 13 month tour in support of the album. Part of the tour included headlining the first Lollapalooza festival. The festival, which was created by Farrell and Marc Geiger, was to become a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, in addition to becoming an annual touring alternative rock showcase. Among bands that performed in the first Lollapalooza festival were Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Butthole Surfers, Fishbone, The Rollins Band, The Violent Femmes, Body Count, and Ice-T.

The band recorded a cover of Grateful Dead's “Ripple” for the tribute album “Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead,” which was released on Arista Records on April 23, 1991. The song peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

Following the release of “Ritual de lo habitual,” Jane's Addiction broke up in late 1991 because of internal tensions over differing ideologies mostly focusing around drug use.

With drummer Stephen Perkins, Farrell then formed the band Porno for Pyros in 1992, whose members also included guitarist Peter DiStefano and bassist Martyn LeNoble. Together they released studio albums, “Porno for Pyros” (1993, #3 US), which spawned the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks No. 1 hit “Pets,” and “Good God's Urge” (1996, #20 US), before parting ways in 1998, after guitarist Peter DiStefano was diagnosed with cancer.

Meanwhile, in 1993, Farrell and his longtime girlfriend Casey Niccoli made a video documentary called “Gift” that featured Jane's Addiction. The film was released by Warner Brothers.

In 1997, Porno for Pyros minus Martyn LeNoble recorded the song “Hard Charger” with Dave Navarro and Flea playing guitar and bass guitar, respectively. The song was featured as the first single for Howard Stern's “Private Parts” soundtrack and reached No. 23 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. Later that same year, Jane's Addiction reformed for a brief reunion tour with Flea replacing Avery on bass. The “Relapse Tour” was supported with the release of “Kettle Whistle,” a compilation album release by Warner Bros. on November 4, 1997. The album featured new recordings, unreleased demos and live tracks. It peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and No. 199 on the UK Albums charts. The live version of “Jane Says” reached No. 37 and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Modern Rock Tracks, respectively, while the new track “So What!” peaking at No. 22 on the Modern Rock Tracks and No. 37 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.

In 1999, Farrell launched his solo career with the release of rev,” a compilation featuring songs from his previous two bands as well as two new solo songs. Two years later, he released his debut solo album, “Song Yet To Be Sung,” whose lyrics are inspired by Kabballah. Farrell also has released many solo tracks online, which he recorded with the help of wife Etty Lau. The couple's song, “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight),” appeared on the “Twilight” film soundtrack.

In 2001, Farrell reunited Jane's Addiction for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He went on to tour with the band in 2001 and 2003. In 2003, with new bassist Chris Chaney, the band released the third studio album “Strays” on Capitol Records. The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and went gold in the United States. In the UK, the album peaked at No. 14 and went silver. The lead single “Just Because” reached the Top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it the band's third single to do so, and No. 4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming the band's first Top 10 entry on the chart. The song also charted at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, which marked their only appearance on that chart to date. “Just Because” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. The follow up single “True Nature” made in to the Top 40 on both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.

However, Jane's Addiction split up again in early 2004 due to internal conflicts. A best of compilation album titled “Up from the Catacombs – The Best of Jane's Addiction” was released two years later on September 19, 2006 by Rhino Records.

Following the demise of Jane's Addiction, Farrell formed a new band called Satellite Party, along with Extreme member Nuno Bettencourt in 2004. Farrell's wife Etty Lau Farrell quickly joined the band as backing vocalist, followed by bassist Carl Restivo in 2007. Since Bettencourt departed from the project in July 2007, Farrell has now become the only permanent member.

Satellite Party released a debut album, “Ultra Payloaded,” on May 29, 2007 through Columbia Records. It entered the reached No. 91 on the Billboard 200 by selling about 8,000 units. The album's single, “Wish Upon A Dog Star” (2007), peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Modern Rock and No. 18 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.

In April 2008, the four original members of Jane's Addiction played their first show together in 17 years at the first United States edition of the NME Awards. They went on to play two small show in Los Angeles during the summer of 2008. However, Eric Avery again departed the band in late 2009, leaving Farrell, Navarro and Perkins as the remaining members of Jane's Addiction.

On October 18, 2011, Jane's Addiction released fourth studio album “The Great Escape Artist” on Capitol. The album featured multi instrumentalist David Andrew Sitek on bass, alongside Chris Chaney who rejoined the band during recording. It charted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, No. 22 on the Polish Albums Chart and No. 52 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Irresistible Force” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and No. 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.


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