Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell: ‘I was very angry the first time Metallica played Lollapalooza’

The festival founder also discusses his views on 'Montage Of Heck'

Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction has opened up about his thoughts on Metallica playing his festival, Lollapalooza.

The rock singer founded the event, which takes place in Chicago and now has legs in Berlin, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Buenos Aires too, in 1991. Metallica first performed at the 1996 edition and are set to headline this summer.

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Speaking to Rolling Stone, Farrell said he was “honoured” to have the group top the bill this year but hadn’t been so fond of them in the past. “I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza,” he explained. “I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bullshit rock music. Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn’t my thing. I was into alternative and punk and underground. My friends were Henry Rollins and Gibby Haynes and Ice-T.”

Farrell now feels he was “kind of harsh” on the metal group, adding: “I was not sure about Metallica back in those days. It’s my fucking party and I’ll have who I want.”

He also discussed his views on the recent Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck, saying he thought the filmmakers were “scraping together things”. He continued: “He’s gone now so you can’t very well ask him to do another take, can you? He’s very high. And if it was me, I would have said, ‘I need a change of clothing.’ But I thought he was a very gentle soul and who knows what would have become of him had he lived.”

Farrell also recalled meeting the late Nirvana frontman in LA and at an MTV awards show. “We had a mutual respect,” he said. “I think the cat had the right idea, he had the right attitude. Except only one thing: I love life. You have to kill me. I will never kill myself. That’s the only difference.”