by carl wilson

Lollapalooza Plug Predictably Pulled, Farrell Wallows in Prog-Rock-Worthy Allegories

"To watch something that you put so many hours of love and time into set ablaze sets my pride on fire. But, like the Phoenix, we still intend to rise." Perry Farrell

Sympathies to Broken Social Scene, especially, on losing this high-profile showcase. But really, in a still-limp economy, what was a lineup like this supposed to do? Morrissey, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Le Tigre, Modest Mouse, BRMC, BSS, Walkmen, Danger Mouse, Polyphonic Spree, The Coup, Elbow, sometimes Wilco or PJ Harvey... Yes, on a cultish level, that's all very impressive, even including some token hip-hop. But with the exception of Mr. Smiths, these bands are more the stuff of big South by Southwest showcases than of a summer stadium tour.

In the heyday of the ole Lolla'Palooka, the headlining bands may have been "alternative" but many of them (Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers, etc.) also had radio hits. Those of us who cleave to the kind of music that was slated for this year are not exactly the daytime summer festival crowd. I, for one, was not going to spend two days at the godforsaken Molson Amphitheatre no matter how tasty the pickings.

Mind you, I never went back in the day, and that was 10 years ago (though I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now, blah blah blah.) In fact, most of the biggest draws this year were also from Column Been-There-Done-That; Farrell was showing his (our) age. The big red light was flashing and the splay-feathered mynah bird of popular culture was screeching "Mismatch! Mismatch!"

(Btw, sorry for the posting vacuum the past few days. My home computer is on the fritz.)

Edited to add: 1. String Cheese Incident in itself was enough reason not to go to Day Two. 2. Some have noted that the show with the Pixies in it, in New York, was the only sellout. Repeat, the bill just wasn't commercial enough. This is not 1993. 3. Nevertheless the industry is fast spinning this as somehow due to its own so-called crisis.

News | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, June 22 at 11:21 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (4)



Carl, sad to hear about your ibook. great to read Zoilus as always. I am not suprised about the Loolyapaloozy falling through...haha...yah, must be the industry.

Who is getting on the phone to bring Sonic Youth anyways!?


Posted by tim posgate on June 24, 2004 10:47 PM



Won't start as in no power, no sound? Or tries to start but flashes a question mark? If the former, maybe reset the Power Management Unit?

Good luck.

Posted by la1itree on June 24, 2004 12:04 PM



It is an Apple actually. iMac. Yep, less headaches, but when they crash, they crash big - as in, I can't get the damn thing to start. This happens right after the extended warranty runs out, which proves that whatever else is wrong, capitalism is functioning perfectly.

Posted by zoilus on June 23, 2004 04:25 PM



hope your computer isn't an apple.
if not, GET ONE.
less headaches,
much more work will get done.
and, no i don't work for them, or anything related to them.

Posted by Ted Phillips on June 22, 2004 07:18 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson