I gotta be honest folks, I’m not a huge fan of this year’s lineup for Lollapalooza. I was really tempted to include some personal attacks against the famed Chicago festival in yesterday’s post, but with these kinds of things I’ve learned from experience that it’s always best to wait a day to think about the situation and not say something I’ll regret later.
Well it’s been a day.
My feelings are still the same – I’m not planning on attention Lolla this year. However, those who are going are in for a treat not for the main attractions but for the hidden treats. This year has a great middle-teir section, including a handful of bands I would pay to see if they were the headliners. These acts include M83, Dawes, Guy Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, and Washed Out. It’s a shame these guys aren’t in a more prominent spot, but at least they’ll be playing.
As for the headliners I’m not as thrilled. As much as I love the Chili Peppers they seem to be out of their prime, and it doesn’t help that their latest album I’m With You isn’t superb (though I will say it’s growing on me). I love the Black Keys, but their music is not meant to headline Lollapalooza. Black Sabbath is just going to be awkward, and it’s not for certain how good they will sound. Jack White has the potential to be really good, but I can also see him being extremely weird on stage, and don’t get your hopes up for a lot of White Stripes material.
Well there’s my two cents. This year is an ok mix of music that isn’t worth over $200 to see. Agree or disagree with what I have to say, this is still Lollapalooza, and it is always a good time. We’ll see how well they pull it off this year when August comes around.
Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber