Lollapalooza, the festival-style rock tour that has been inactive since 1997, will head back out on the road this summer, visiting 28 cities, and will feature tour founder Perry Farrell’s reunited Jane’s Addiction, Incubus, Jurassic 5, Audioslave, and Queens of the Stone Age. The five bands announced the tour Monday at a press conference at Amoeba, a vast record store in Hollywood, where Jane’s Addiction also banged out three tunes, including two from the upcoming ”Hypersonic,” its first studio album in 12 years.
Lollapalooza was the granddaddy of all summer package tours, from Lilith Fair to Ozzfest and the Vans Warped tour. Launched by Farrell as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction in 1991, before the release of Nirvana’s ”Nevermind,” it helped prove to the industry that alt-rock was commercially viable. The bills mixed and matched alternative, hip-hop, and metal acts, spotlighting such acts as Pearl Jam, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Hole, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica. After seven summers, however, Lollapalooza ran out of steam, and Farrell’s frequent promises to revive it have so far failed to come to fruition. It’s also been six years since Jane’s Addiction regrouped long enough for another farewell tour.
What finally prompted Farrell to revive the tour and the band? ”You sit out in the water and you wait for the waves to come, and this time the music industry, the bands out there, this just seemed to be the perfect wave,” MTV News quoted him as saying. Farrell also said that, as at Lollapaloozas past, there will be a second stage, sideshow attractions, and political-action booths.
Additional bands and tour dates will be named later. Cities on the schedule include, Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Hartford, Conn.; Holmdel, N.J.; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New York; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C.; St. Louis; San Diego; San Francisco; Toronto; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Washington, D.C.