Farrell singing out
September 20, 2007
ASPEN Part of the plan behind Satellite Party, the latest band headed by former Janes Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, was to take music out of dark clubs and into the light. Music has been experienced over the last 40, 50 years indoors, Farrell told in an interview with The Aspen Times in January. You come back outside and you feel like the world belongs to someone else, like youre the subject of Big Brother. You can reclaim the Earth by partying on it. Were not going into a hole; were going out into the mountains.Satellite Party then went and proved the point by making its first appearance as a touring band in Wagner Park, under Aspen Mountain, during last winters X Games.The bands return visit to Aspen on Wednesday was scheduled for one of those subterranean spots Farrell said he was trying to escape: Belly Up. But Satellite Party was not about to be denied its right to party in full view of natures splendor. Playing acoustic instruments and with the barest amount of amplification, Farrell and his mates including his wife, singer Etty Lau Farrell performed a free public show on the outdoor patio outside of Caf Ink. Publicized only by an e-mail Wednesday afternoon, and the ensuing word-of-mouth, some 200 fans showed up for the 5:30 concert. The sound was creaky a cord to amplify the guitar showed up in the middle of the second tune and the set a brief three songs. But listeners treated Farrell with respect and adoration, and Farrell returned the favor by giving a commited performance and reminding his audience of the surrounding beauty that surrounded. It was an odd, unexpected and wonderful way to spend an offseason evening.One specific idea is to bring to the mind, to the consciousness, the sheer beauty and majest of the world, Farrell told The Aspen Times in that January interview. Ultra Payloaded, the bands debut CD, released in May, is loaded with themes of improving the world, mostly through love and respect for the environment. The bands opening song at the impromptu show was Hard Life Easy, a tune from Ultra Payloaded about changes for the better.The setting for the gig was appropriate in another way. The show took place outside D&E Ski & Snowboard Shop. Farrell, a snowboarder, has descended the mountains he sang beneath Wednesday.