Perry Farrell (JANE'S ADDICTION, PORNO FOR PYROS) recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 about his forthcoming solo album, "Kind Heaven". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On "Kind Heaven":
Perry: "I'm creating a scene. I'm making a new music scene and a new music community, starting of course with the music, but the music is basically soundtrack. I am writing a mythology, but I'm writing a mythology about a prophecy, and that prophecy is the Messianic Era. The story takes place on the threshold of the Messianic Era... heaven descends, and God lives on Earth. He comes to live with us and amongst us again. The military warriors lay down their weapons and pick up the plow shares, so in other words, the world is at peace finally, and we are helping each other. Brother is helping brother, but also there are some very scary elements to the era — the rise of the Antichrist; Armageddon; men turning into women; women turning into men. You can do research on the Messianic era and it will blow your mind and it will give you lots of inspiration and ideas like it did to me."
On his plans to perform the album live in Las Vegas next year:
Perry: "The Kind Heaven Orchestra is the orchestra that will be performing in Las Vegas. We are curating a hotel directly across the street from Caesars Palace. It will be called 'Kind Heaven'. It is 100,000-square-foot — I believe it's five stories — and we're turning it from a hotel into a multi-varietal, immersive entertainment complex... We are going to immerse you in a mythology as I've described... Some people will be actually improv actors. There's four stages, so there's entertainment, but it's varietal entertainment going on all night and all afternoon. It will be altogether telling the story of the Messianic Era."
On his plans to perform elsewhere:
Perry: "The interesting part about the Kind Heaven Orchestra is, all the elements that will be in Las Vegas in 2020, I can extract the initial elements of it — the orchestra, the video, some of the actors, some of the specialty acts — and I can tour that, so that's what our plan is now in the upcoming months. We'll be touring as the Kind Heaven Orchestra that will be touring the story through residencies. We're going to set up, and we will immerse you in the evening. There will be people around you that will be improvisational actors; we're going to have dinner and music and different varieties of entertainment."
On how long he's been planning this concept:
Perry: "It's coming up on seven years."
On his career trajectory:
Perry: "I've been very lucky and fortunate not only to start as a musician in the small clubs and the parties and then getting out into the desert and performing, and learning how to entertain people from the standpoint of a musician and also as a promoter and a producer. What turns people on, and what makes for a successful evening and experience? Then came Lollapalooza. I've been so fortunate to be able to study and watch and participate over the last 30 years how people experience nightlife and adult entertainment. 'Kind Heaven' is, to me, the culmination of all that experience, and I'm able to change it modularly. I can put it into a festival like Lollapalooza... but I like the idea of being able to make it much smaller and more intimate, the way that people were experiencing music in the early '60s when THE BEATLES would be in Hamburg, Germany... they created a scene on a very small scale, but that small, intimate experience really is what created and made THE BEATLES. It was the intimate relationship they had with the audience and how they got to develop their sound and their band and get great with their harmonies and get to be better musicians. I'm hoping to do the same thing with 'Kind Heaven'."
On the inspiration behind the album's first single, the self-described protest song "Pirate Punk Politician":
Perry: "You know what I think about a lot? Those young people of the '60s are the people that are in our Senate today. What happened? What went wrong? Why did they end up such stiffs, such sellouts? It really bothers me. I think to myself, 'This is our time now. If we're going to change the world, there's no time like the present.' I don't have any more time to mince words. I want to get down to it, and I know that are more people that think like me and that agree with my outlook and my ideas. Basically, the world comes first. We have to make sure that the world is healthy, because that's where we get our food from, that's where we get our water from. Anybody that stands against that or is going to try to make money in the face of the illness of the earth, they've got to go. We don't have any more time for these people."
"Kind Heaven" marks the first solo album release from the JANE'S ADDICTION and PORNO FOR PYROS frontman since 2001. Conceived by Farrell and produced by Tony Visconti, "Kind Heaven" features Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Mike Garson (DAVID BOWIE), Matt Chamberlain (SOUNDGARDEN), Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION), Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Peter Distefano (PORNO FOR PYROS), Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (THE CARS), Joachim Garraud (DAVID GUETTA), and other notable star turns. Sonic highlights include orchestral scoring by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson Willams, striking duets with Etty Farrell, and a first-of-its-kind sound mix by IMN Creative to create an all-new music experience for fans.
Farrell will kick off a North American tour in support of "Kind Heaven" on June 7 in New York City. The run wraps June 25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.