June 24, 1994 |
Never fear, mosh-pit-crazed members of the alternative nation! The humongous traveling rock-and-roll circus known as Lollapalooza is coming back to South Philadelphia. The daylong shebang will play on Aug. 1 in the grassy fields of FDR Park, across the street from the dusty JFK Stadium site that hosted the extravaganza last year. This fourth edition of Porno For Pyro's leader Perry Farrell's high-decibel happening - the first two years skipped Philly - is headed up by main-stage attractions Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, the Breeders, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, L7, A Tribe Called Quest, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the Boredoms.
July 11, 1993 |
To fully absorb Lollapalooza '93, fans are encouraged to roam between the festival's main stage - where eight bands are on the daylong bill - and the second stage, which features interesting lesser-known acts such as Philadelphia's The Goats. Herewith, a quick rundown of Lollapalooza artists. THE MAIN STAGE Primus. This San Francisco trio, inspired equally by Captain Beefheart and Rush, won the headlining spot, but according to Primus bassist/head weirdo Les Claypool, that's both "an honor and a chore.
March 9, 1996 |
Yet again, Lollapalooza delivers the unexpected - by signing Metallica! Hard rock outfit Metallica will headline this summer's Lollapalooza caravan tour along with Soundgarden and the Ramones. "The early response to Metallica was, 'Huh? They're not alternative,' " said Lollapalooza organizer Peter Grosslight. "Lollapalooza is, and always has been, about curve balls. Having Metallica as a headliner is indeed a curve ball - very Lollapalooza. " Metallica is in the studio these days finishing an as-yet untitled album, due in stores before the tour begins in June.
August 2, 1994 |
What is Lollapalooza? Lollapalooza is alternative rock, electric carnivals, mist tents and poetry slams. It's the Rev. Samuel Mudd's Spoken Word Revival, virtual reality rides and LSD Flight Simulators. It's a nine-hour concert with bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, the Beastie Boys, George Clinton and the P-Funk Stars and A Tribe Called Quest. Lollapalooza '94, held yesterday at FDR Park across from Veterans Stadium, may have been a soggy, rainy mess at first, but the weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the thousands of fans who came to have fun. They slam-danced.
July 14, 1997 |
Until Korn slowly pedaled onstage on their low-rider bikes at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre late Saturday afternoon, the Camden amphitheater was as somber as a massive mausoleum. Lollapalooza '97 had been going on for a few hours by then, but the crowd of about 10,000 - a far cry from biggest-ever Lolla audience of 45,000, held in South Philly's FDR Park in 1994 - was listless and bored. They sat a through a lively set from the Manchester, England, quintet James as if sentenced to after-school detention.
July 11, 1997 |
Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell invented the '90s notion of a traveling rock-and-roll circus, complete with multiple stages and sideshow attractions. But while Farrell's far-sightedness is as obvious as the list of this summer's all-day festival is long, Lollapalooza's fortunes have fallen with alternative rock, and it's no longer the benighted jewel of the circuit. (That would be Lilith Fair, the all-femme fete that arrives in town July 27.) Still, although this year's Lolla, which moves Saturday into the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden, is not a red-hot ticket, it does offer an intriguing (if also highly uneven)
May 21, 1996 |
Is the summer of '96 going to be the most festive in memory for music fans? Sure looks that way. Marathon-length festivals will be blooming all summer long and serving almost every taste, except perhaps for traditional soul/R&B. "All-day events are fun, and give the consumer more value for their dollars," observes Dominic Roncace, general manager of the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre in Camden, where much of the action will be taking place. "And artists have learned that there's strength in numbers, that one and one really makes three," adds Electric Factory concerts' talent booker Neil Jacobson.
July 29, 2003 |
When Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza brand debuted in 1991, it let out the angst-ridden howl of alterna-culture staking its claim to the mainstream. Borrowing the all-day carnival concept from European rock festivals, Lollapalooza served up a tattooed fruit basket that succeeded well enough to lead to its own demise. The strength-in-numbers concept spawned niche-marketed summer tours from H.O.R.D.E. to Ozzfest to Warped, and Lolla's mixed bag could no longer compete. The Lollapalooza that played the Tweeter Center on Sunday, the first since 1997, has been retooled for the marketplace.
July 26, 1995 |
Why does Perry Farrell continue to organize Lollapalooza, the annual alternative-rock festival/postmodern cultural circus that will pull into about 30 U.S. cities this summer? Farrell is, after all, a rock star - the leader of Porno for Pyros and, before that, Jane's Addiction, groups that have sold millions of records worldwide. With his magnetic personality, excessive lifestyle and mercurial ways, Farrell established himself in the early '90s as one of the leaders of the alternative-rock scene, as well as one of its visionaries.
June 24, 2004 |
Lollapalooza is dead, and the rest of the summer concert business isn't feeling too good, either. On Monday night, organizers of the traveling alternative-rock circus, scheduled for Aug. 18 and 19 at the Tweeter Center, confronted the possibility of losing millions of dollars due to poor ticket sales and decided instead to cancel the entire 16-city tour. Lollapalooza's demise has caused some to question its choice of acts. But even shows by marquee talents such as Kiss, Jessica Simpson, and Grammy darling Norah Jones are performing sluggishly at the box office this season.