Lollapalooza lineup unveiled


April 23, 2005


Lollapalooza promoters had few surprises Friday when they finally announced the lineup for the revitalized concert, scheduled to take place in Grant Park on July 23-24.

Concert founder Perry Farrell joined promoter Capital Sports & Entertainment of Austin, Texas, at a press conference to announce 33 of the promised 60 to 70 acts playing on five stages in Hutchinson Field between noon and the 10 p.m. curfew.

Additional "after-hours" gigs will take place at clubs throughout the city, including the House of Blues, promoters said.

More bookings to come

Tickets for the "experience-based festival" are now on sale at A two-day pass costs $85, plus a $9 service charge and shipping fees. The base price will increase to $100 and then $115 "without notice when quantities run out," according to the Web site.


The acts confirmed for Lollapalooza so far are:

Ambulance Ltd., the Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Blonde Redhead, Blue Merle, the Bravery, Cake, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Changes, the Dandy Warhols, Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab for Cutie, DeSol, Dinosaur Jr., Digable Planets, G. Love & Special Sauce, Billy Idol, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, the Killers, Liz Phair, Los Amigos Invisibles, Louis XIV, M83, the Pixies, the Redwalls, Tegan and Sara, the Walkmen, the Warlocks, Weezer, Widespread Panic, World Leader Pretend and Z-Trip.

Promoters promised that 30 to 40 more acts will be announced in the weeks to come at


Some 50,000 fans from across the country are expected to attend each day.

Lollapalooza headliners include modern-rockers Weezer, the Killers and Dashboard Confessional; reunited indie-rock heroes the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.; the jam bands Widespread Panic and Cake, and New Wave relic Billy Idol.

So far, only three acts have ties to Chicago -- local up-and-comers the Redwalls and the Changes and Winnetka native (and now Los Angeles resident) Liz Phair -- but Capital Sports promised more local names as other bookings are confirmed.

Festival used to tour

The promoters are donating a percentage of the profits to the Parkways Foundation, a non-profit group that raises funds to benefit city parks. Neither party would say what that percentage is, but Charlie Jones, the event producer with Capital Sports, said he hopes Parkways will receive at least $250,000.

The former leader of Jane's Addiction, Farrell launched Lollapalooza in 1991 as a touring day-long alternative rock festival. Reconfigured in 2004 as a two-day event, the tour was canceled several weeks before the first show because of poor ticket sales in nearly every market except Chicago.

Checked out 25 cities

Capital Sports purchased a share of the Lollapalooza name last year. Farrell, who is billed as a "creative consultant," wouldn't say how much of a stake he still owns, though he noted, "I've got enough of a share that I can tell anybody to shut up."

Jones said that Capital Sports looked at 25 cities before choosing Chicago. He added that his company conducted "three years of brand analysis and marketing surveys" to determine that "not only does this brand still have merit, but Lollapalooza is the most recognized name in music today."

High hopes

The company has remodeled the concert after the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals and the Austin City Limits Festival, which Capital Sports produces.

The promoters hope to make Lollapalooza an annual event in Grant Park and "the premier music festival in the world," Jones said.

Farrell said he is not disappointed that Lollapalooza is now a single-city concert instead of a tour. "Sure, you'd like to date nine women, but if you can meet a great one, you'd marry her," he said.

"I'd like [Lollapalooza] to be all over the country, but we're not going to do it right and achieve greatness in that way," Farrell added. "However, if we do it right here, artistically, I'll be satisfied."