Jane’s Addiction Frontman Perry Farrell Speaks Out: “Obama’s Got It All Wrong”
Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction performs at Fillmore Miami Beach on May 18, 2012, in Miami Beach, Florida. (Billboard)
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell spoke out against Barack Obama recently in an interview with Billboard. The lead singer from the popular alternative rock band says, “Obama’s got it all wrong.”
Frontman Perry Farrell sat down with Billboard at his home to reflect on his memories of the Strip as well as share his fascinating thoughts on politics…
…I understand a Republican’s viewpoint, I really do. I don’t dislike them as much as I used to. When I was younger and more naïve I used to just say, “F— you guys.” But these days I have more empathy for people with money. I have money now, so I understand wanting to keep your money, the money you worked hard for and also want to have a healthy environment for your kids.
Somebody once said to me, “I’m a Democrat socially, I’m a Republican fiscally.” For me, I kind of am almost like that when it comes to politics because I think Obama’s got it all wrong. The people that he’s taxing are absolutely the hardest-working people and a lot of these people are the people that can’t really afford the taxes that he’s asking. The super-rich can afford to pay more. It doesn’t really put much of a dent in their pocket, but he’s taxing people that are really middle-class. I think it starts at $250,000; that’s not a lot of money in California. And what is the first thing he does when he gets in office? Pays the banks off. So he can say what he wants. I thought he was a mediocre president…
…It’s interesting you say 250,000 is not a lot?
That’s one year. You ask a successful musician, for some guys that’s a good year’s labor being in that business.
You go back to being a busboy, and here you are sitting in this house.
Would I have ever thought that? No, I’ll tell you what, my thought process was “I am going to try and buy a house.” I asked my friend, Bill, who went to college, “How much do houses go for?” And he said, “You can get a down payment on a house for like $20,000.” And I thought, “I don’t know how I’m ever gonna get $20,000.” Then it was explained you can go to a bank for a loan.
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For the record… Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival.