The trailblazing early ?90s festival, Lollapalooza, will return this summer for the first time since 1997. When Perry Farrell first organized the touring event he did it in the true spirit of European music festivals. The first couple of years were an immense success melding lots of musical genres with bands like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cypress Hill, Pearl Jam, Ice Cube, Lush, Ministry, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and more with cool merchandise and ethnic foods.
Then the event became too corporate focusing its line-up on mostly white, male rock bands and generic stadium vendors. Now it’s back with a strong line-up including Jane’s Addiction, of course, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stoneage and Jurassic 5. Add a few of the ladies currently topping the charts (or not), some ethnic acts and food, the much-needed political awareness booths, some Tibetan monks and it may stand a chance. Organizers are promising that it will be a “notorious celebration of music, lifestyle and technology.” More details will be released in Los Angeles on Mon (2/10). Stay tuned.