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Jane's Addiction releasing free song Wednesday

By Ray Waddell
/ Source: Reuters

By Ray Waddell

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - With the first ever Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago now in the books, festival co-founder Perry Farrell's focus turns to his band, Jane's Addiction, which will offer the first single off its upcoming album as a free download Wednesday on

The new album "The Great Escape Artist," the group's first in eight years, will be released Aug. 23 on Capitol Records, according to Farrell.

He played an early mix of the song, "End To The Lies," on Chilean radio last week while he was in that country ramping up for Lollapalooza's first festival outside of the U.S.

Lollapalooza Chile "went over really well," Farrell told Billboard. "In my mind I almost kind of underplayed it, expecting maybe mediocrity, and then if something better than that happens, you're delighted. Man, from the very first moment they opened the gates and people came in and I saw them doing it the same way the that they do it in Chicago, I knew we were on."

Lollapalooza Chile was staged April 2-3 with a lineup that included his band as well as Kanye West, the National, the Killers, 30 Seconds To Mars, Fatboy Slim, Deftones, Cypress Hill, 311 and the Flaming Lips, along with local and regional artists.

As for the new album, Farrell said it was "70%-80% finished" and that it celebrates "escape from the confines of everyday life, escape from the workload, escape from your past, dissolving into the universe and getting a feeling like that."

Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary festival at Chicago's Grant Park is set for Aug. 5-7, with a full lineup to be announced later this month.