Perry Farrell Working On Jane's Addiction "Immersive Theater" Experience

In a recent interview with Prefix, Perry Farrell of seminal ’90s alt-rockers Jane’s Addiction announced that he is currently developing a Jane’s Addiction play. No, make that a musical. No, wait. It’s actually an “immersive theater” project. We give up. Well, whatever the category of Farrell’s ambitious new undertaking, it will definitely combine the music of Jane’s Addiction with a larger-than-life sense of theatrics. According to Farrell, “It’s not going to be in a theater. I’m going to create an environment and the music will be within that environment, and Jane’s Addiction will be within that environment.” Though recent plays like Sleep No More have offered audiences the chance to become part of the productions themselves, a major band has yet to jump on the burgeoning artform of interactive theater. Will we get a chance to pump iron with Dave Navarro?  To apply eyeliner with Farrell? We can only hope not.

If you love Jane’s Addiction, check out OurStage act Boys.

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SoundTrax: Festival Frenzy

This week’s SoundTrax is hereby dedicated to all the awesome music festivals this summer. Whether you’ve been to every festival this year, or if you’ve missed them all completely, we’re offering a recap of this season’s standouts and giving you a taste of what’s still to come. Enjoy some of your favorite music from Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Kahbang, and many more.


Bad Rabbits get things going with their indie pop number, “Neverland,” followed by tracks from Late Cambrian, Passion Pit, and The Dirty Guv’nahs. Later we hear “Be Mine” from The Alabama Shakes, “Lights Please” from J Cole, and “The Zephyr Song” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also in the mix are The Gaslight Anthem, Young The Giant, and many, many more. Enjoy the festivities!

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Lollapalooza Line-Up Leaked

UPDATE: The lineup leaked below has been confirmed, including the previously questionable inclusion of Black Sabbath. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell told Rolling Stone, “They mean so much to me, and they mean so much to music in general, that I kind of feel like I’m dreaming to know that Black Sabbath is actually gonna perform at Lollapalooza.”

The holiday weekend brought more than just Easter eggs for music festival fans. That’s because the entire 2012 Lollapalooza line-up has been leaked online, in the form of this picture:

Headliners for this year’s festival reportedly include the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other big acts are Florence + The Machine, Sigur Ros, The Shins ans M83. And it seems that this list, unlike the other one that was released in February, is apparently legit. So what do you think of this year’s festival line-up?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Live Wired: Why We Love Live Music So Much

Every week at Live Wired, we talk about different live performances, from national acts to OurStage artists, and attempt to explore what made each show unique and memorable. Despite what changes in the world of music, artists keep touring the country and the world, and we keep buying tickets to go see them. We can sit and review numbers and earnings from concerts or discuss how important touring is to an artist’s career, but that would be no fun. Instead, we want to get to the heart of the matter; why do we love live music so much? Why do we spend the money, take road-trips, wait in line for hours and sing until we lose our voices? These are the questions we asked all different kinds of people in the past few weeks; young and old, music lovers and casual listeners, all with very different tastes. Here’s what we came up with as we take a stab at figuring out the wonder that is live music.

Sense of Community & Good Atmosphere

When asking people about their best concert memories, the majority of the answers we received centered around the crowd itself and the overall feel of the show. Whether it’s a giant annual festival like Lollapalooza, or a band like Steel Train playing a small show, the people surrounding you are important. A combination of genuine respect for the artist and also for your fellow concert-goers can really make an event that much better; when you’re all focused on the music, it’s the only thing that matters. We heard lots of people tell us that going to a concert makes them feel like a part of a giant family. It’s an incredible thing, being surrounded by strangers who can turn into friends for one night just because you all are passionate about the same thing.


Sound And Vision: United They Stand (And Sell Out) — Superstars On Tour Together

It official: U2 is the biggest music act on the planet! The band might not go multi-platinum like it used to, and there’s been no blockbuster single since George Bush the elder was in office, but Bono and the boys just bagged some brand-new bragging rights. In early April, the group’s 360° world tour surpassed the Rolling Stones‘ 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang tour to become the biggest money-making road trip of all time. By the time the Live Nation-backed trek”which U2 launched in 2009 to support the No Line on the Horizon album”concludes in July, it will have pulled in a projected $700 million in ticket sales.
Of course, U2 didn’t do it alone. If a GRAMMY were awarded for Best Supporting Act, Muse” who opened for many of U2’s 360° dates, including the ones in Brazil that broke the Stones’ record” would have an excellent shot. (Jay-Z did the honors in Australia and New Zealand, while the Black Eyed Peas chipped in on some US and Canada dates.) Here’s a platinum-level UK band whose slow and steady trajectory in the US has been thrust further upward by key slots on the soundtracks to the Twilight films and frontman Matthew Bellamy’s romance with Kate Hudson, with whom he’s expecting a baby. Muse could sell out big venues on its own (and did, even before U2, Hudson or Twilight entered the picture), but with the group playing warm-up act for U2, it seems almost inevitable that major records would be broken.
Two superstar acts for the price of one ticket: It’s a brilliant idea that’s spreading fast. With the international economy in shambles, and so much competition on the road, the biggest stars need to offer fans more than just the greatest show on earth to guarantee blockbuster box-office business. That’s where A-list opening acts come in. U2 could sell out stadiums and arenas solo, but why not hedge its bets by bringing in big-name support to pull some of the weight?
In previous decades, most big stars wouldn’t have been caught dead with an opening act that could possibly upstage them. They usually hit the road with bubbling-under, up-and-comers, safeguarding their own star billing while, by default, helping the upstarts bring their music to the masses. But with ticket sales skyrocketing closer to four-digit figures (U2’s $250 top-tier ticket price is practically a bargain), sometimes you need more than a name and a collection of hits to lure fans. Simply put, on their own, few superstars have the drawing power of Charlie Sheen anymore. It takes two (bankable draws) to make a gig go right.
These days the relationship between headliners and opening acts (or co-headliners) is far more symbiotic. Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks co-headlined”and sold out”the thirteen-city Heart & Soul North American tour in March and April, though she who goes on first (sorry, Stevie) is technically the opening act. Eighties teen queens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany just announced their own co-headlining summer tour (at press time, there wasn’t any word on who’d be opening), and Sade will bring fellow platinum-level GRAMMY winner John Legend along for the ride when her world tour arrives in North America on June 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Though there is some fan overlap in all three cases, Nicks and Legend will be contributing to the financial potential of their tickets in a much larger way than your traditional opening act.
Meanwhile in the world of pop, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj just signed a pact for Minaj to open dates on Spears’s upcoming Femme Fatale North American tour, which also launches on June 16, but in Sacramento, California. The unlikely alliance between a superstar and an up-and-comer who, at the moment, is probably just as hot, will benefit the headliner as much as the opening act. It will expose Minaj to pop fans who might otherwise know her only from her cameos on other people’s records, and it will give Spears a little bit of something that has eluded her for her entire career: street cred. It’s probably an even more winning combination than Spears and Enrique Iglesias, who had been in talks to open the tour before Minaj got onboard.
Over in the UK, Take That snagged Pet Shop Boys as the opening act on the Progress Live 2011 Tour, set to hit the road in May, despite the fact that the two acts ruled in different decades. (Fun fact: Newly returned Take That member Robbie Williams and PSB collaborated on “She’s Madonna” and “We’re the Pet Shop Boys,” two tracks from the former’s 2006 Rudebox album, and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant sang on Williams’ early solo hit “No Regrets.”) Once again, though, the effect will be reciprocal. Pet Shop Boys will attract gays and the ’80s-obsessed, while Take That will pull in gays and children of the ’90s.
Combine and conquer! It’s a concept that for years has worked for annual multi-artist tours like Ozzfest and Lollapalooza, yearly one-off festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury that touch down in the US and UK as well as the ones that regularly land in places like Argentina and Australia, and double-bills featuring reuinted ’80s icons. Fans will hand over the cash if you give them hours of entertainment featuring a smorgasbord of talent. This, however, might be the first time we’ve seen so many superstar acts settling for the opening slot, and it’s likely just the beginning. Can Ke$ha as the appetizer for Spears’s main course in Europe and beyond be far behind?