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Perry Hits Lollapasnooza Button: Tour Sleeps Another Year

Music fans eagerly anticipating the return of the pioneering Lollapalooza tour will have to wait at least another year.

After declaring in November that the mobile festival would end its four-year hiatus in 2002, organizers have delayed its return until next summer.

“Having gotten a late start, we felt it would be smart to start building now for summer 2003,” Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell said in a statement. “It will afford us a chance to get the headliner we really want.”

The right lineup has always been important to Lollapalooza, which was planning to come back this year in part because the musical landscape called for it. “We’re seeing bands that are meaning something to kids without great support from radio,” Peter Grosslight, senior vice president of co-founders William Morris Agency, said in November. “There is a sort of new alternative scene, so to speak.”

Lollapalooza launched in 1991 with a bill that included Farrell’s Jane’s Addiction, Butthole Surfers and Nine Inch Nails, providing a blueprint for the many festival tours that emerged in its wake, such as Ozzfest, the Lilith Fair and the Vans Warped Tour.

No tour, however, has featured as broad a musical palette as Lollapalooza, with the possible exception of Moby’s Area:One tour, which took the nickname “Mobypalooza” when it launched last summer.

Tool, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Orbital, Eels and James performed at the last Lollapalooza, in 1997.

Farrell, who released the solo album Song Yet to Be Sung last year, is currently working with Jane’s Addiction on their first studio album since 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual.

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