Dancing on stage with Jane’s Addiction & Joe Perry at Lollapalooza

2009 Lollapalooza, Chicago.

The closing night headlining performance of the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction.

I knew the show was going to rock, but this was becoming one of the best concerts I had ever seen. And just when I didn’t think the show could get any better…

Perry Farrell asked Joe Perry from Aerosmith to join on stage for an acoustic version of “Jane Says”.

Did I mention that I was watching from the side stage balcony?

Etty Farrell, Perry’s wife points and waves people to come down to the stage. Of course, many people took that, as everyone should come to the stage

But security only let in the few friends that Etty invited…including me!

I’m dancing on stage behind Jane’s Addiction & Joe Perry in front of 30,000+ people at Lollapalooza!


It was the most surreal experience ever because if you know me you know that I’m not one for the spotlight.

I do love to dance though so … I danced like no one was watching!

When the song ended, the reality of my position started to sink in.

Perry was giving his parting words to the audience. (which was longer than your average show with it being the end of a 3-day festival that he created.)

And I was still on stage with them.

Anxiety started to creep in as even though I was invited and just two years earlier, I was Perry’s publicist…


(My introverted heart rate is rising remembering this moment)

It’s time to talk about what happens after the show

Why am I telling you this? I have never even told this story beyond the fun fact headline to anyone before. (I watch YouTube videos to prove to myself that it even happened.)

My reason is a tad more important than myself because I’m here for you after all. Yeah, it’s about you…

On stage, you feel an adrenaline high.

But later you are in your hotel room, alone and feeling more alone than you have ever felt in your life.

I mentioned that to a musician friend once and he laughed and said “Yep, that is exactly what we experience every time on tour!”

After feeling those intense feelings myself, I wondered.

Why don’t more people don’t talk about post-performance depression?

You don’t have to be a singer, dancer, or actor to experience it. It’s only natural to have a mourning period after a successful or exciting event.

The Psychological Makeup of Creative Individuals

In 2018, I studied creativity coaching with the creator of the profession Dr. Eric Maisel. (author of 50+ books on creativity and psychology.)

Creativity coaches study the personality structure and psychological makeup of creative individuals.

Post-performance depression has my curiosity. Will you tell me about your experiences with PPD?

Send me a message via the contact page.

I am a supportive listener who will keep your confidentiality.
If you are open to making your experiences public… I may invite you onto the Multi-Passionate Artists podcast.