Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein on March 29, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known for being the lead singer of the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction. In 1991, Farrell founded the Lollapalooza touring festival as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction; it has since grown into an annual destination festival.
With partners William Morris Agency and C3 Presents, Farrell continues to produce Lollapalooza. Farrell has also been the frontman for the alternative rock bands Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party.
Peretz Bernstein was born in Queens, New York City, on March 29th, 1959. Bernstein was born into a Jewish household and grew up on Long Island and in Miami Beach. His mother committed suicide when he was three years old, leaving him to be raised by his jeweler father. Perry grew up listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, among others.
Bernstein moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school and spent the most of his time surfing. He lived in his car and worked odd jobs to supplement his income.
Perry Farrell’s Net Worth
Perry Farrell is a $50 million dollar musician from the United States. Farrell is most known for being the lead singer of the rock band Jane’s Addiction.
He also founded the Lollapalooza travelling festival and has been involved in the creation or production of numerous additional festivals. Farrell has worked with a variety of bands in addition to Jane’s Addiction.
In 1981, Peretz joined the band Psi Com, which launched his musical career. After the group disbanded in 1985, Bernstein reconnected with Eric Avery. In the mid-80s, the two began jamming together and eventually co-founded Jane’s Addiction.
The group was called after a woman they knew who was addicted to heroin. Peretz Bernstein took up the stage name Perry Farrell for the first time at this point, which was a play on the word “peripheral.”
Jane’s Addiction reunited for a brief reunion tour in 1997. They reassembled again in 2001, joining the roster for the inaugural Coachella Music Festival and saved it from failure. They performed again again in 2003, and released another album named “Strays” that year.
Jane’s Addiction split up for the second time in 2004 due to internal conflicts once again. However, the band reformed in 2008 and continued to perform well into 2011.
Perry debuted as a solo artist in 1999, with the release of his debut album “Song Yet to Be Sung.” He’s since uploaded a number of songs on the internet, including “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight),” which was featured on the “Twilight” soundtrack. In 2018, he signed with BMG Records and began production on “Kind Heaven,” his second solo album.
Following Jane’s Addiction’s second breakup in 2004, Perry Farrell formed Satellite Party. The band is very theatrical, and their first album was themed around musicians attempting to save the planet. Before releasing their debut album “Ultra Payloader” in 2007, they participated at Lollapalooza in 2005. Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers were among the performers who contributed to the album. Satellite Party also performed at Coachella in 2007.
Perry and his then-girlfriend Christine Cagle had a child in 1998.
Etty Lau, a professional dancer who had performed in many Jane’s Addiction shows prior to her relationship with Perry, married him in 2002. They have two children together over the course of their partnership.
Outside Work Music
Farrell also starred in the 1993 docudrama Gift, which contained some of his songs and featured Farrell’s then-girlfriend Casey Niccoli. Warner Bros. released Gift on VHS, but it was never released on DVD.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he teamed up with Tom Morello and his Axis of Justice tour to collect money for the homeless in Los Angeles, and they both physically lifted rubble in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans to aid local musicians. They also gathered money for “Road Recovery,” a non-profit organization based in New York that assists young people struggling with addiction and other challenges.
Farrell is a conservationist. On January 31, 2007, he met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street to address global warming. He gave Blair a CD with the Satellite Party’s “Woman in the Window” on it.
In 2007, he collaborated with Global Cool to promote green living.
Perry Farrell’s home in the Venice area of Los Angeles was offered for $1.6 million in 2010. Farrell re-listed the house for $1.495 million after receiving little interest from potential purchasers. Later that year, it was sold for $1.425 million.