Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza founder and the face of Dobel Tequila, was in town on Thursday evening to kick off Lollapalooza at Double A. I was thrilled to meet the founder of Lollapalooza and lead singer for Jane’s Addiction. What a perfect way to kick off a major music festival in Chicago – with tequila drinks. I was certainly game to try Perry’s signature cocktails along with delicious tacos and guacamole. Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila is a premium, smooth (and delicious) tequila, so these cocktails were superb! He told me that it is made with great care and aged, similar to the way wine is made.
Perry showed us how to mix up his favorite cocktail, the Black Diamond Margarita at the party.
Black Diamond Margarita
2 oz. Dobel Tequila
1 oz. lime
1/2 oz. agave
Shake over ice. Pour into a glass rimmed with black Hawaiian sea salt
This margarita can’t be beat! It looks really cool, too, with black sea salt in the glass. When I was served he drink I thought it looked like the glass was tattooed, which seemed appropriate for a rock inspired celebration!
I was unabashedly excited to meet Perry Farrell. He is high energy and also very sweet! First I asked him about fashion and he told me he was wearing black diamond jewelry (like the name of his cocktail) Rag & Bone pants, a Burberry shirt (doesn’t look Burberry, does it?) and Balmain sunglasses. I asked him if he was always into fashion. He said, “Well yes, but back then I could not afford it!” he added, “I think you have to move forward when it comes to how you dress. Look at how I look. How stupid would I look if I still dressed like i did in the 70s?”
When I told him I became a fan when I used to hear Jane’s Addiction on the radio he said, “You know, nobody really listens to rock and roll anymore. They listen to techno, maybe some alternative music but now they mostly listen to pop.” I frowned and shook my head.
I asked Perry how he stayed in such great shape and if was from performing on stage. “Yes, it is from singing and dancing … but really (he paused) really it is from having sex every day,” he said innocently, ” I really think it is from having sex every day, maybe 2 times a day!”*
*Perry is a family man, he is married and has 2 adorable sons! (I had to add that disclaimer.)
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Daniel Boczarski, Getty
Jewelry photo: Second City Style