Well the last lineup of the years major festivals was announced this week, and boy is it a doozy. Years ago, Lollapalooza began as a traveling music festival and was a real grunge-fest hosting such headliners as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction (naturally because Perry Ferrell is in fact a founder of the festival) and Smashing Pumpkins. Lollapalooza in recent years has become somewhat of a stink-fest, hosting acts such headliners as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, and Coldplay. Nonetheless, this year they pulled it together and spat out quite a spectacular lineup. Let’s break it down:
Reasons to Go:
At the Drive-In-If you miss them at Coachella, see them now, because it may be never before you see them again. Reunited for 2 scheduled dates, and are not recording new material. Watching Omar wig out on guitar is what I can only assume taking speed, coke, and LSD at the same time would be like if you lived through it.
Reasons to Stay:
Reasons to go to the Beer Tent Instead:
Passion Pit– I am fan of PP on MP3, but when you get this guy live onstage, he stinks like a skunk. Not only does he not even come close to replicating his own voice (realistically, how could you), but his backing band appears to be having less fun the audience that is listening to Michael attempt to sing. Maybe over the years he has gained some confidence in his voice. For the attendees sake, I hope so.
Red Hot Chili Peppers– I hate to say this one, because when I saw them live they exceeded my expectations tremendously. Nonetheless, they lost their bread & butter, and without Frusciante, I am afraid this set would simply consist of Anthony Kiedis performing karate moves during some very spastic/awesome Flea bass riffs … on 2nd thought, that might be awesome … at the very least it’d still be a step up from suffering through Dave Navarro acting like he can contribute to music.
Reasons to Arouse Your Curious-Cat:
M83– We all love their music, but can they replicate it live. I’ve heard good things about their live shows and if they are half as much fun live as they are to listen to, it will be one helluva show.
Reasons to Black Out (or not):
Black Sabbath– If they actually hobble up to stage they should do the right thing and just blast Paranoid through the speakers. I can’t imagine Ozzy not just looking and sounding like a total vegetable on stage at this point.
Reasons to Get Folked Up:
Reasons to Getcho Dance On:
Reasons to Feel like You Might Actually Be at Woodstock:
Reasons to Love Lolla:
Reasons to Loathe Lolla:
Well there is my breakdown. Inevitably, lot’s of bands didn’t make the breakdown, which means you shouldn’t bother with them … just kidding. It just means I couldn’t find a way to make some lame joke about them. Overall, Lollapalooza still reigns as one of my favorite festivals, and years like this could be why. Next year may be back to acts like Fergie (that’s a thing right?) and Nickelback, so we better act now and seize the day while we can!