So that was lame. Lollapalooza-creator Perry Farrell told us in Friday’s paper he wouldn’t mind bringing a Lollapalooza-type music festival to Las Vegas sometime, and if people wanted to get a taste of what it might be like, they should show up at his Saturday show at Red Rock pool.
But everyone seemed to leave Saturday’s show stunned that it started about 50 minutes late. And Farrell performed for only 30 or 40 minutes. When he said "goodnight" and walked off stage, everyone kept standing there, all "what?", until they finally realized he wasn’t coming back.
What made Farrell’s early exit even weirder is the concert, if you could call it that, was going really well. Farrell and his band Satellite Party sounded great. They played a few songs. Farrell’s wife danced around him in a blonde blur.
And Dave Navarro came out to play guitar, thereby comprising half of Jane’s Addiction (Farrell and Navarro), so they could do fun, faithful versions of "Jane Says" and "Stop!"
What made the show extra-bonus weird is just before they left the stage, Farrell — who told Howard Stern last year about his cocaine use — asked the crowd if anyone had a lighter, I think for a birthday cake. Someone threw one on stage. He said he was playing there at Red Rock and he loved anything that was a "rock."
Then he brought some woman on stage, said it was her birthday, led the crowd in a singalong of "Happy Birthday," and everyone walked off stage.
More than 1,000 people stayed standing in their concert spots, waiting for more that never came, while they grumbled, "Is that it?" You can imagine the complaints I heard, walking past them.
So if this is a taste of what a Lollapalooza fest would look like in Vegas, it would be late, short and confusing.