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Callin' Farrell

Morrissey, Flaming Lips will headline Lollapalooza. Sonic Youth, String Cheese Incident, and two dozen other bands will play the traveling summer alt-rock fest

Morrissey | LOLLAPALOOZA, HERE WE COME Morrissey (sans pompadour) will headline this year's fest
Image credit: Morrissey: Roland Tannler/eyevine/ZUMA
LOLLAPALOOZA, HERE WE COME Morrissey (sans pompadour) will headline this year's fest

Expect a visit this summer from everyone's favorite reclusive vegetarian, Morrissey, as well as the Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, and String Cheese Incident. They're among the headliners for this summer's Lollapalooza tour, which will expand this year to include more than 30 bands and become a two-day festival for the first time in its history. Also confirmed for the main stage are Modest Mouse and Polyphonic Spree, while Billboard reports that organizers have made offers to such acts as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Le Tigre, and the Fire Theft. Announcements of additional acts and dates for the 20 -city tour are expected later this week.

The expanded lineup should result in lower ticket prices for this year's ninth incarnation of the long-running alt-rock festival, organizers said in a statement. ''What we're doing is more akin to the great European festivals that originally inspired Lollapalooza, as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo,'' tour agent Mark Geiger told Billboard. ''The two-day format will once again differentiate Lollapalooza from what everybody else is doing.''

Tour founder Perry Farrell is expected to serve as DJ or master of ceremonies, though he's not likely to bring along his on-again/off-again band Jane's Addiction. ''This summer, Lollapalooza will embody the spirit of the Gypsy!'' he said in a statement. ''Our buses of artisans sleeping over in each and every city will spread the sense of exhilaration. The days and nights will be filled with mischief.''

Originally posted Mar 29, 2004
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