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Stewart Oksenhorn
Perry Farrell, pictured here performing in Aspen as DJ Peretz, brings his new band, the Satellite Party, to a concert in the Aprs X series during the X Games later this month. (Stewart Oksenhorn/The Aspen Times)

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN The Winter X Games, featuring such alternative sports as skiing superpipe, snowmobile snocross and skier X, will have a most appropriate musical backdrop in Aspen later this month. Perry Farrell, one of the icons of alternative rock, will unveil his latest project, Satellite Party, for an Aprs X concert in Wagner Park.Satellite Party is set to make its live debut Friday, Jan. 26. Rapper Common, whose soul-influenced, spiritual music offers an alternate take on hip-hop, will close out the Aprs X concert series with a performance Saturday, Jan. 27, also in Wagner Park. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Farrell was the frontman for Janes Addiction, whose albums Nothings Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual helped usher in a rock revival in the late 80s and early 90s. Farrell also founded Lollapalooza, an eclectic traveling festival whose early lineups emphasized hard rock in the form of Nine Inch Nails, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Tool and Soundgarden. Farrell was also the lead singer of mid-90s band Porno for Pyros. In a 2002 appearance at Aspens Double Diamond, he spun records as DJ Peretz.Farrell first appeared under the Satellite Party name with a Los Angeles gig in mid-2005, and the group was billed among the headliners for Lollapalooza 2005, in Chicagos Grant Park. The Aspen date, however, will be the first to feature the bands touring lineup, which includes guitarist Nuno Bettencourt from the band Extreme, as well as drummer Kevin Figueiredo, singer Etty Lau Farrell and bassist Carl Restivo. Ultra Payloaded, the debut CD from Satellite Party, is set for release in May. The concept album, based on Farrells belief that people can change the world for the better, features guest musicians Flea and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, and a 30-piece orchestra. The album also will unveil an unreleased vocal track by the late Jim Morrison, titled Woman in the Window. At the core Ultra Payloaded, Farrells first post-Janes Addiction recording is a collaborative brain-trust, the Solutionists, who seek to redesign and come up with solutions for the world, according to a press release.Common broke through with the 1994 CD Resurrection. That album featured the song I Used to Love H.E.R., a criticism of hip-hops creative decline. The rapper laid out his own concept for the music in 2000s Like Water for Chocolate, a soul- and funk-inspired album that featured such like-minded hip-hop artists as DAngelo and Mos Def, African singer Femi Kuti, R&B singer Jill Scott, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and the Roots Black Thought, and Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, who produced the album. Commons 2002 album Electric Circus broke into rock n roll. Common earned a Grammy Award for the song Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop), performed with Erykah Badu, in 2003. His most recent CD, 2005s Be, produced by Kanye West, earned four Grammy nominations, including ones for best rap album and best rap song. His next album, Finding Forever, is due for release later this year.Artists appearing in past Aprs X concerts include Damian Marley, Ozomatli and John Legend.Winter X Games 11 is set for Jan. 25-28 at Buttermilk Mountain. For more information, go to Oksenhorns e-mail address is