Jane's Addiction Frontman Plans Music TV Show

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appears to be gunning for the role of alternative Simon Cowell.

Jane's Addiction Frontman Plans Music TV Show
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Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appears to be gunning for the role of alternative Simon Cowell. According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer is currently in the process of shopping a primetime music television program that would act as a kind of alternative X-Factor. EW suggests that the program would be based around spectacular live performances by popular artists rather than featuring amateur singers and would remove elements such as judges and eliminations that have become some commonplace in reality music television. Primetime television has been without a popular music program of this kind for some time. American Bandstand, which had for many decades been the staple of popular music programming, broadcast its final episode back in 1989. Farrell's proposed show will have to compete with a number of factors, including the popularization of music based television channels and the availability of vast amounts of in-concert footage on sites such as YouTube. As EW notes, though, the popularity of Music performance-driven award shows such as the Grammys and CMA's suggests that there might be a market for programming of this kind. Farrell has had success outside of performing with Jane's Addiction as the founder of the Lollapalooza festival. That event, which was originally conceived as a farewell tour of Jane's Addiction back in 1991, has served as a successful showcase for alternative music for over 20 years. The event, which was originally US based, now has sister festivals in both Sau Paulo, Brazil and Santiago in Chile. Farrell could do worse than to recruit some of the festival's past headliners to perform on his new program. Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Queens Of The Stone Age are among the huge roster of artists to have performed at Lollapalooza in the past.

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    scrymusic
    Hmmmmm... Lollapalooza style singing contest... Singers and bands should not have to rely on tv shows to make it.. Its a lazy industry and shitty pop radio that is killing rock and metal.
    Crofty89
    So it will be like the X factor, except with professional artists and without judges, eliminations or elements of competition. So nothing like the X factor at all?
    Basti95
    Sounds like an awesome idea, reminiscent of shows like The Old Grey Whistle test. If that's the case, it'll be awesome.
    Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Queens Of The Stone Age are among the huge roster of artists to have performed at Lollapalooza in the past.
    Make that Alice in Chains, Rollins band, Ministry, Living Colour etc..and i'm sold
    mradubz33
    I think this could be cool. True, there is a ton of concert footage online, but its always shitty cellphone video/audio. If they recorded live performance of good bands in HQ and put single songs on youtube on said show's own youtube channel, that could work very well. There is probably a fairly large market that want to see live performances of bands that don't play at the Grammy's, CMA's, VMA's etc. and don't want to shell out the cash for a whole concert dvd. Might work anyway. Has to be better than X-factor, American Idol or any of those other shows. Ugh.
    RATMfan420
    I would love to see a reality show that had amateur artists, AS A BAND. Minimum three piece, and anything over that is fine. No covers, just original material. And it doesnt have to be just rock, you could do Jazz, soul, Rap/hip hop, hell, even stupid ass dumbstep/techno (Obviously they would have to play their music "Live" on a iMac) I'm sick of all these reality shows where its just some dude/chick singing someone elses stuff. Lets do a "Battle of the Bands" on TV with people who know shit about music. I say the panelists/judges ought to be: John Williams, Tom Morello, John Paul Jones, BB King, George Clinton, Flea, Chuck D, and even though hes 85-Chuck Berry. And if they win they dont get a "record deal" but either a small headlining tour OR a world tour opening up for a signed band.