Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell popped up in the new issue of "Life" magazine in a feature called "Searching For The Soul." Farrell says the earth-bound spirit of his mother, who killed herself in the 1960s, once possessed the body of his girlfriend. He says he was so spooked when the girlfriend, a Chinese woman, began speaking in the familiar voice of a Jewish lady from Queens, that he gave up taking drugs -- well, as he puts it, "for the time being, anyway." Farrell himself was in San Francisco with Jane's Addiction last weekend, and he managed to turn the tour date into a one-of revival of his aborted "ENIT" ["Then She Did..." live performance, 928k QuickTime] tour concept from last year -- which means it was even more colorful than one of the band's usual gigs.
FLEA: Perry's been carrying on about this show for the past month. Every time we play and we do a really good show he goes "that was good but ENIT
is really going to be the night! When ENIT happens...!!"
PERRY FARRELL: We're going to try to raise up people's minds so that the pig literally becomes an honored and respected animal.
MTV: Pigs? Perhaps not, but some 8,000 San Franciscans found their minds -- and blood pressures -- elevated by the seven sensory-rich environs served up at the third ENIT Festival, a Perry Farrell fusion of music, performance art and cutting-edge culture.
FAN 1: It's not just some concert where everyone stands around and stares at the stage. Like there is all this crazy stuff going on.
FAN 2: There's a lot of festivity. You see a lot of people dressed up in costumes and ceremonial... it's kinda got a tribal Indian feel to it all.
FARRELL (showing the camera a Buddha statue with incense around it): I just wanted to let you know about this Buddha. We have a person coming in every half an hour to light off incense.
ADAM SCHNEIDER, ENIT Producer: We literally
spent days taking all the fluorescent lights out and placing in different gel lights, strobed lights, light effects that kind of give an overall feel to the show.
PERRY FARRELL: Check it out. This color -- and the building, if you look down you could see these blue gels and the big lights, it usually looks like Gotham City on a bad day, but now it looks all beautiful.
DAVE NAVARRO: We have a bunch of rooms here with different elaborate set-ups and different things going on, and I haven't checked them out because I want to be part of the festival in addition to just playing it.
MTV: While scores of sybarites soaked up the tripped-out images of the Res Fest room, others hit the dance floor after the Jane's set ["Ain't No Right" live performance, 800k QuickTime], or indulged their fantasies in the "Raktavasa," or "pleasure chamber." There were balls to bounce in the Beach Room and glory days to relive with
the Merry Pranksters in the Ken Kesey Room, not to mention the Genie Room's belly dancing and massage, or the chance to jam with Stephen Perkins in the Drum Room.
STEPHEN PERKINS: It's therapy and it's communication. I got to know a lot of people in that room without talking to them.
FLEA: Yeah, there's a Drum Room and a Genie Room and like a room to get your butt hairs plucked...
MTV: Did you tell the festival's staff what he envisioned and then watched while they made it happen?
FARRELL: Kind of and not really. Four answers to every question: yes, no, kinda yes, kinda no, and kinda no, kinda yes.
DAVE NAVARRO: ENIT's just a big celebration, I guess, to honor and participate in life and what life has to offer, and the love that you can share with everybody else.
MTV: With ENIT now a one-of show instead of a tour, Farrell had no problem choosing the right city.
FARRELL: I'm just telling you that I feel this is where an energy
eddy is. And I want to attach into this love and all these great ideas with all these great people I know.
Just like a child becomes what its DNA is, this is what it is: it's a cool child. We should let this thing grow.
By the way, Jane's Addiction is also on the bill for K-ROQ radio's two-day "Acoustic Christmas" benefit show in Los Angeles, on December 5th and 6th.
And one last, sobering concert note, a fan kicking around what he thought was a beer bottle near the stage at a show in Rochester, New York, last weekend by the industrial band KMFDM was surprised, to say the least, to realize it was actually a loaded 9-millimeter Beretta pistol, with the safety catch off. The gun turned out to belong to an off-duty policeman, who had brought it to the show... and lost it while moshing. Ponder that.