Porno For Pyros Wrap Busy Weekend At Lollapalooza On Stage With Billy Corgan

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Billy Corgan (left) and Perry Farrell (right) perform on stage with Porno For Pyros at Lollapalooza. … [+] Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

For Lollapalooza co-creator Perry Farrell, festival weekend in Chicago generally proves to be chaotic, pulled in a million different directions by media, bands, fans, on stage performances and more. 2022 marked a busy stretch which saw him perform four times in five days.

“It’s been a little crazy,” said singer and dancer Etty Lau Farrell backstage Thursday. “We went into rehearsal for the July 7 show at The Belasco [in Los Angeles]. We started rehearsal for Porno. We went to [Lollapalooza] Stockholm between rehearsals, came back and did a show. Went to [Lollapalooza] France and then went right back into rehearsal. And now we’re here! It’s been a busy travel month.”

Etty Lau Farrell poses backstage at Lollapalooza. Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Grant Park in Chicago, … [+] IL

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While in town, Farrell took part in Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s “Together and Together Again” benefit livestream, performing alongside Corgan and saxophonist Frank Catalano.

Corgan lives and runs a business in suburban Highland Park, about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the scene of a horrendous July 4th mass shooting which killed seven people. Last Wednesday’s event raised over $250,000 for the Highland Park Community Foundation’s July 4th Shooting Response Fund.

For Farrell, the question lies in how we move forward from events like this.

Perry Farrell performs on stage with Porno For Pyros at Lollapalooza. Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Grant … [+] Park in Chicago, IL

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“It’s incredible,” said Farrell of the event’s impact. “But I just don’t want this to be another one of those, ‘OK. That was nice,’ things. It has to go in the right direction and stay in the right direction and it has to make change occur. It can’t be like lip service stuff,” he explained. “It’s very, very difficult to fight. As I said [Wednesday during the livestream], what we’re up against is we’re fighting money. So what is our weapon? Our weapon is our hearts. And it’s the love that we have for our families and our communities. So who’s gonna win?”

Corgan in turn joined Farrell Friday night on the 24th floor rooftop deck of Pendry Chicago, celebrating Lollapalooza during the second annual Founders’ Party.

Perry Farrell (left) and Billy Corgan (right) perform on the rooftop at Pendry Chicago during the … [+] second annual Founders’ Party during Lollapalooza weekend. Friday, July 29, 2022 in Chicago, IL

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“Hello, friends,” said Farrell, taking the stage alongside his Porno For Pyros bandmates and singer and dancer Etty Lau Farrell. “You know, we were at this location last year at this time and someone had the funny idea that we should do it all of the time! So we’re back here again. We just found this place to be enchanting. So we’re gonna jam for ya,” he said, picking up a bottle of wine.

Following Lollapalooza runs in 1992 and 1997, Porno For Pyros got back together briefly in 2020, taking part in a special Lolla livestream when the Chicago festival was postponed amidst pandemic. This weekend’s shows featured the group’s original lineup: Farrell, guitarist Peter DiStefano, bassist Martyn LeNoble and drummer Stephen Perkins.

(Left to right) Perry Farrell, Etty Lau Farrell, Chloe Mendel and Billy Corgan perform on the … [+] rooftop at Pendry Chicago during the second annual Founders’ Party during Lollapalooza weekend. Friday, July 29, 2022 in Chicago, IL

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Friday night’s acoustic rooftop set kicked off with Porno’s “Bali,” moving into “Wishing Well” before heading into a slew of rare covers, Corgan smiling wide throughout The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From my Friends” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” before adding the trademark backing vocal on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For the Devil.”

Friday night’s set warmed the band up for a Saturday night aftershow at Chicago’s Metro (capacity 1,100) featuring U.K. alt rock act Crawlers as opener.

Porno For Pyros rehearse backstage prior to a Lollapalooza aftershow at Metro. Saturday, July 30, … [+] 2022 in Chicago, IL

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“So cool. We can’t believe we got asked to do it. They’re such a cool band,” said Crawlers singer Holly Minto of opening for Porno For Pyros. “They’ve really supported us and our music and our producer which is so nice. So we’re going to have a lot of fun. We’re just very humbled to be playing Lolla.”

Saturday night at Metro, in front of a sold out crowd which included Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich watching from the balcony, Farrell and company tore through a frenetic set in front of a frenzied crowd, mosh pits and crowd surfers conjuring up images of a bygone era.

(Left to right) Peter DiStefano, Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins and Martyn LeNoble perform on stage … [+] as Porno For Pyros during a sold out Lollapalooza aftershow. Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Metro in Chicago, IL

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Porno For Pyros opened Saturday night’s show with “Sadness,” the crowd exploding as the house lights went up at the end of the song.

Sunday afternoon at Lollapalooza, Porno For Pyros tore it up over the course of one hour on the T-Mobile main stage, the large festival crowd soaking in the sunshine as the band offered up a whimsical take on their biggest hit “Pets.”

Peter DiStefano (left) and Perry Farrell (right) perform on stage at Lollapalooza with Porno For … [+] Pyros. Sunday, July 30, 2022 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Corgan joined the group again Sunday at Lollapalooza – his first performance at the festival since Smashing Pumpkins headlined in 1994 – right foot up on an amp, beaming on stage in his hometown as he delivered a scorching solo during a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.”

The Farrells had business to attend to throughout the weekend too, announcing the launch of a new record label (Imprint Label) and Lollapalooza’s 2023 expansion into India. Farrell also took the stage Sunday night alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to announce a new deal with the city which will keep Lollapalooza in Grant Park for at least ten more years while raising daily attendance.

(Left to right) Peter DiStefano, Stephen Perkins, Perry Farrell and Martyn LeNoble perform on stage … [+] as Porno For Pyros during Lollapalooza. Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

“I felt like India was a territory that we’ve worked on for many years,” said Etty Lau Farrell. “I felt like going into India, hopefully that will open up the East for us. With India being the first, maybe we can do Singapore or Shanghai. I feel like it would be great to expand.”

“The music of India is very transcendental. It’s just the kind of sound that we need,” added Perry. “It’s a sound that is going to raise the consciousness for everyone speaking this universal language of music and art. I always kind of feel like when we do these acts, these acts of kindness and unity, it makes the world spin. Love and acts of kindness makes it spin.”

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