Jane's Addiction, Queens Of The Stone Age, Audioslave, Incubus, and Jurassic 5 are among the acts that will topline the revived Lollapalooza festival this summer. The event, initially spearheaded by J
Jane's Addiction, Queens Of The Stone Age, Audioslave, Incubus, and Jurassic 5 are among the acts that will topline the revived Lollapalooza festival this summer. The event, initially spearheaded by Jane's frontman Perry Farrell, has been off the road since 1997, when Tool, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, and Orbital were all part of the package.
Neither a full itinerary nor second-stage acts have yet been unveiled, but 28 North American cities have been nailed down: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Hartford, Conn.; Holmdel, N.J.; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New York; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh; St. Louis; San Diego; San Francisco; Toronto; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Washington, D.C
Lollapalooza was tipped to return last summer, but plans were put on hold until this year. Farrell launched the first version of the tour in 1991, with Jane's Addiction headlining a bill that also featured Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T/Body Count, Living Colour, the Butthole Surfers, and the Rollins Band. Since then, the tour served as the model for a host of successful festival tours, including Ozzfest, Lilith Fair, the Vans Warped Tour, and Moby's Area festival.
Asked why he thought Lollapalooza would be a success in the wake of last year's mediocre numbers for the second Area event (which also featured Incubus), Farrell told Billboard.com, "Can I be blunt with you? Area: 2 didn't have these guys performing. Area: 2 put a lot of emphasis on the electronic music culture, and not all the people who like that want to go to amphitheatres. What I think is great is live music."
Farrell added that beyond music, Lollapalooza would be focusing on social issues such as alternative uses of fuel and the Axis of Justice project, which Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello founded with System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian. "You select the artists who are conscious and then they add to the party," Farrell said.
In announcing the festival's return today (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles, Jane's Addiction performed three songs, two of which appeared to be new tunes due for inclusion on its upcoming Warner Bros. album, "Hypersonic." The set closed with a version of "Jane Says" which featured Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd on percussion.
The members of Audioslave are also no strangers to Lollapalooza; frontman Chris Cornell co-headlined the 1992 and 1996 events while in Soundgarden, while Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist Tim Commerford joined the fray in 1993 while with Rage Against The Machine.