Perry Farrell's Satellite Party
|14-Aug-2007 10:55 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
I realize that my appreciation for Perry Farrell grew a little backwards. For me, it was music of Porno For Pyros with which I made the big connection. As far as Jane's Addiction goes, I really like the popular songs like Been Caught Stealing and Jane Says, but can take or leave most of the rest, except the 2003 release Strays, which went well beyond my expectations. Farrell's current project is called Satellite Party, a band that released their first album entitled Ultra Payloaded in May 2007, and that borrows the talent of outside musicians such as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Peter Hook (New Order), Thievery Corporation, and even the late Jim Morrison, who sings Woman In The Window by way of a previously unreleased vocal track.
After the opening band (Mink, see below) left the stage, all the monitor speakers and cables were removed, leaving the front of the stage completely open and accessible. The band uses in-ear monitors, and it's more than for convenience – for Perry Farrell it appears to be a necessity that allows him to interact with the fans. In fact, if I had to sum up this show using only one word, it would be: Interactive. From the moment Farrell got on stage, he was grabbing hands with audience members, and continued even while singing many of the songs. With his hands covered in black gloves, Farrell must've touched and grabbed the hands of just about everybody in the first three rows near the stage, and I was no exception. (Yes, I touched the sweaty, bacteria-laden glove of Perry Farrell, and I am happy to have done it.)
Farrell spent practically the entire show out at the edge of the stage, smiling and singing to the crowd. He shared a bottle of wine with a few fans that were centre-stage, and took swigs of beers provided to him by other fans. He stopped the show to sign an autograph for one lucky man, explained what Satellite Party means to him, and provided some amusing banter between himself and a couple after playing Been Caught Stealing, a song that was met with powerful cheering. For the well known songs, he would aim his microphone out into the crowd so they could take the lead. At one point, he leaned down and brought a woman from the crowd up onto the stage to dance with him, and another jumped up and joined in.
With a set that not only included four Jane's Addiction songs, but also opened with one (Ain't No Right), it was a mix of songs that was designed for the fans. I was extremely happy that material from Porno For Pyros was also included in the form of Tahitian Moon and Pets, a song that had me and other near me singing into his microphone for part of the chorus. See what I mean? Interactive.
Info: Perry Farrell's Satellite Party | Connect: MySpace
MinkOpening for Satellite Party was a 5-piece band out of New York City called Mink that is fronted by the tall, thin Neal Carlson whose jeans are so skinny that you can practically see his bones through them. It was a convincing set of songs, played out using good rock poses and eye-catching moves that involved a few props, including two different feather boas. I was a little surprised to hear them play a cover of Suffragette City given that the set was under 40 minutes, but I suppose it was done to highlight their glam-rock side. They did a decent job of it, but I actually enjoyed their original material more, especially the song Talk To Me.
They have new self-titled album being released in the U.S. on August 28th and in Canada sometime in October, but a few singles are already available on iTunes.
Info: Mink | Connect: MySpace
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