Monday, April 04, 2005

The new Lollapalooza: Coachella of the Midwest?

When was the last time there was a "good" Lollapalooza? 1993? 94? So, needless to say, when I saw a big, full-page ad in the Reader a couple of weeks ago touting a "Lollapalooza '05," I hardly flinched. Let me guess...a couple of major label staples like Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay headlining a day at the Tweaker Center. Sure, there may be a couple of decent opening bands, or a second stage with some notable acts...but overall, hardly anything worth driving an hour south to the boonies and spending $50+ to see a show at one of the worst venues in the country. However, news about Lollapalooza got a lot more interesting last week...turns out the event will actually be held Grant Park instead of Tinley Park and, most surprisingly, Chicago will be the only stop for the event. Hmmm...could Chicagoans be getting a world-class music festival to call their own? Sort of a Coachella for midwest music fans? Damn! If they nail down a solid line-up, this cynical music junkie who balks at paying over $15 for a show, might actually shell out some serious cash to check this out. Earlier this year, I was thinking about flying out to Cali to check out Coachella if I could find airfare for under $200, but now I might not even have to shell out $2 to see a major music festival, as I can just hop on the el or ride my bike to get downtown. Of course, the real test for the show's success will be the talent booking. If they can pull off a line-up similar to Coachella '04, I'll be there with bells on. And yeah, even though they are not touring this summer, thousands of fans in the region (and everyone at RFC central) are already saying their prayers and keeping their fingers crossed about a Radiohead return to Grant Park. The Lollapalooza website boasts that there will be 70 bands on 5 stages, plus other installations featuring music, art, invention, light, sound and robots. (Robots!!! OK, now I am sold!) Sounds great so far, let's hope it lives up to the hype and Lollapalooza becomes a credible, worthwhile event again. Check out for more info and to pre-order tickets at a bargain 35 bucks a pop, starting on April 7. RFC will keep you posted on the music line-up as information becomes available. (Word on the street is that Beck will be one of the headliners...who else would you like see? Post your Lollapalooza '05 wish list in the comments section)


Blogger Nicole said...

The company booking Lolla is the same one that does the Austin City Limits Festival . . . this gives me hope!

4/04/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous djbv said...

I am thinking that even if they screw up the lineup, there will still be a few acts that I will want to see. So $35 and a train ticket sounds like a good investment. Not sure on a headliner (Beck sounds good), but bands like the Doves, Spoon and Steve Malkmus have new albums and would do it for me.

4/05/2005 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's to hoping they recognize the many gems of the chicago scene.
who wouldn't want to see tight phantomz rock grant park?

4/08/2005 10:21:00 AM  

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