Thursday, January 11, 2007

Perry Farrell Announces Groundbreaking New Musical Project Satellite Party

Perry Farrell Announces Groundbreaking New Musical Project Satellite Party

Concept Album Features a Wildly Diverse Group of Artists, Including The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and John Frusciante, New Order/Joy Division Bassist Peter Hook, Thievery Corporation, Black Eyed Pea's Fergie, Hybrid, Film Composer Harry Gregson-Williams, as well as an Unreleased Jim Morrison Vocal Track

Debut Album Ultra Payloaded Satellite Party to hit Stores on May 15th 2007 with Group to Make it's Debut Live Appearance at the 2007 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen Colorado on January 25th

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Alternative rock originator and
one of music's most influential figures, Perry Farrell, has announced that
on May 15, 2007 he will hit the airwaves with his most anticipated creation
to date: Satellite Party. His new group is a bold and ambitious project
that finds the founder of Lollapalooza in his first post-Jane's Addiction
recording effort, creating an innovative conceptual album entitled Ultra
Payloaded Satellite Party (Columbia Records). The idea behind Satellite
Party was born out of Farrell's passionate belief that one step at a time
people can change the world, and with this endeavor, he is launching a
musical movement to do just that. Weaving together an array of genres with
Farrell's modernist thinking, the music of Satellite Party tells a story
through a collaborative brain trust of artists, musicians and
environmentalists called The Solutionists, who seek to redesign and come up
with solutions for the world.
Blending sounds as varied as rock, electro, urban beats and symphony,
Farrell enlisted guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt with new musicians Kevin
Figueiredo on drums, Etty Lau Farrell on background vocals and Carl Restivo
on bass. The album, produced by Farrell, co-produced by Nuno Bettencourt
and executive produced by Steve Lillywhite, features a host of guests
participating in the recording, including The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea
and John Frusciante, UK production duo/beat-makers Hybrid, New Order/Joy
Division bassist Peter Hook, down tempo pioneers Thievery Corporation,
Porno for Pyros' guitarist Peter DiStefano, Black Eyed Pea's Fergie, film
composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Chronicles of Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven),
and a 30-piece orchestra.
One of the album's highlights features an unreleased Jim Morrison vocal
track, the first unheard Morrison performance in almost 30 years. Entitled
"Woman In The Window," Morrison sings against a backdrop of Farrell's
music, "Just try and stop us, we're going to love" before the song
culminates with an elegant piano outro. Farrell calls the track the mantra
of The Solutionists. Other tracks include "Wish Upon A Dog Star," which is
also the album's first single, "Kinky," and "Celebrate," a Sly Stone-like
groove marrying calypso and disco. Farrell also shows his softer side on
the tender "Awesome," written about seeing the world from the heavens,
which marries David Bowie-esque vocals with the understated beauty of Nick
After assembling what would become one of the greatest rock bands of
all time, Jane's Addiction, in the early 80's, Perry Farrell has continued
to be one of music's cultural leaders and most important figureheads.
Farrell and Jane's Addiction revolutionized the rock scene, and from there
Farrell went on to conceive Lollapalooza, the seminal music festival that
encapsulated youth culture and launched the traveling concert experience
touring industry in the US. With a successful transformation from a
"touring rock show" to a "destination festival" in 2005, Lollapalooza gave
Chicago in 2006 its largest party in the city's history with 180,000 people
attending over a three day weekend. Now Farrell is preparing to do it all
again with his landmark Satellite Party project.
Three years in the making, Ultra Payloaded Satellite Party is an album
that will further cement Farrell's status as one of world's true artistic
visionaries. In continuing to look at ways to marry his love for music and
drive to inspire change, the project marks a new chapter in his recording
career. More than just an album, Ultra Payloaded Satellite Party is a
wake-up call that is imbued with the same passion and idealism with which
Farrell has lived his life -- from working to better the environment when
he took his proceeds from Lollapalooza to work with the Costa Rican
government to help preserve the rainforest, to human rights when he raised
a substantial amount of money for the relief fund and the rescuing of
slaves in Sudan. Perry Farrell and Satellite Party are currently working
closely with Stop Global Warming ( and
Global Cool ( to cool off the planet. Yet, while
there is a story within Satellite Party, it is still an album first and
foremost, and it's a record that finds Farrell in prime form.
Satellite Party will be making their debut live appearance in Aspen,
Colorado on January 25th as part of the 2007 ESPN Winter X-Games.
Additional tour and exclusive live dates to be announced shortly. Please
stay tuned to

SOURCE Columbia Records

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