March 12, 1995 |
What would be the all-time punk reunion? The Sex Pistols, of course. But any chance of that happening seems nil after John Lydon shredded reunion rumors last summer, reiterating his distaste for nostalgia and stating that he would never play with the band again. The close runner-up: the Clash, which turned fiery leftist rhetoric and imaginative punk, reggae and funk elements into often gripping songs, including the hits "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah."
February 6, 1994 |
Will the kids in plaid go for the Man in Black? Or will they groove on the captain of the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership? Yes, country-rock legend Johnny Cash and funk pioneer George Clinton may be along for part or all of "Lollapalooza '94."
September 14, 1992 |
H ere we are now, entertain us. With that sour mantra from Nirvana's huge hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," so-called alternative rock solidified its claim to a place in pop's commercial mainstream. Kurt Cobain, the song's author, turned up singing a different tune Saturday at "Lollapalooza '92," the hot-selling, hotly hyped summer tour that closed its eight-week run with shows Friday through Sunday at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
July 14, 1997 |
"Didj'all come here to party?" a member of Snoop Doggy Dogg's posse shouted into his microphone as Snoop held court on the main stage at Downing Stadium on the outskirts of Manhattan, where Lollapalooza '97 arrived on Friday. It was one of the few sentences uttered during the rapper's hourlong set that didn't contain a four-letter word.
January 10, 1994 |
Remember way back to last summer's "Lollapalooza '93"? For anyone nostalgic for those bygone days, the experience was re-created in remarkably detailed miniature at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday. All the key elements were in place: the parking nightmares . . . the long lines . . . the security hassles . . . the sweaty crush of the crowd. . . . And, oh yeah, the music.
August 6, 2011 |
It's unofficially '80s day at Lollapalooza Saturday, as if every band or artist is under strict orders to play an influential track from their childhood or from some half-remembered MTV special. Soul revivalists Fitz and the Tantrums covered the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Dom reached back for the Cure's “Boys Don't Cry,” Local Natives did up Talking Heads, and Cee-Lo Green paid homage to the Violent Femmes and Billy Idol. As the egregious “Flesh for Fantasy” wafted over sun-drenchedGrant Park, the time machine hit rock bottom and we rushed back to join the 21 st Century with Lykke Li. The Swedish singer and her band, dressed all in black like cast members in an Ingmar Bergman film, delivered plaintive ballads and big-beat heartbreak songs.
May 11, 1997 |
Is seven an unlucky number for Lollapalooza? The seventh summer for the annual tour could well be the one when its preeminence among the traveling rock festivals--a format it pioneered--is challenged by the ones that have come in its wake. That's the prediction of some concert promoters, radio programmers and music magazine editors surveyed by Pop Eye.
July 26, 2005 |
The revived Lollapalooza brought an estimated 65,000 fans and more than 60 bands, DJs and children's entertainers to six stages here, a 20-hour marathon spread over two days. As a test for future concerts in Grant Park, it made a case for the event not being the last. By the time Widespread Panic closed the second night of the festival Sunday, audiences had endured a blistering heat.
July 6, 1994 |
"Woodstock Nation" was the term that defined '60s youth culture. Twenty-five years later, "Lollapalooza Generation" has become shorthand for the alternative-rock movement that has coalesced around the angry music of such bands as Pearl Jam (a "Lollapalooza" participant two years ago) and Nirvana. Nirvana, in fact, was scheduled to headline the annual all-star concert and cultural fair this year.