Cheer Up Charlies
"...Well, I’ve finally returned and recovered from Lollapalooza. I had a great time working in Artist Relations, but it also made me realize how much bands still have to learn about playing festivals..."
"...Booked by Austin promotions giant C3 Presents, which also stages the Austin City Limits Music Festival, summer music festival supreme Lollapalooza has given up its secrets, revealing 134 artists heading to Grant Park in Chicago July 31 through August 2...."
"...Next week, locals make their way to Chicago for Lollapalooza, put on by Austin City Limits Festival promoter C3 Presents, which made news this week with announcement of a proposed second weekend for ACL next year. For Lolla, I first wrote a festival primer – until I realized everyone knows to stay hydrated...."
"...By the time you read this, I’ll be part way through day one of C3 Presents' Lollapalooza in Chicago, where I work as an Artist Ambassador. That might sound glamorous, like I get to spend my days hanging out with famous bands, tossing back drinks, and taking in great festival sets..."
"...TCB, frustrated by Houston Astros pitchers' inability to keep the Philadelphia Phillies off the bases, cataloged every last Austin reference, shout-out, and allusion Monday night, including a few that might surprise you. Cover: Britt Daniel next in line for bathroom! Also: Lollapalooza, co-owned, managed, and programmed by Austin-based C3 presents, which you may have heard. And: Jeff Tweedy recorded Uncle Tupelo's last and Wilco's first albums at least partially in town...."
"...If they could, I suspect Rodriguez and Tarantino would design their own grind-house movie chain of theatres that would re-create the urban scuzz-holes of the past, which ran cheap movies nonstop – a usually eclectic mix of exploitation, horror, and action films, as well as a random assortment of top studio product that had seen better days and more intact prints. As it is, Grindhouse is an homage to an experience rather than any certain type of film, and with its two separate feature films – “Planet Terror” by Rodriguez and “Death Proof” by Tarantino – a host of tongue-in-cheeky trailers by the likes of Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, and Eli Roth; scratches and notices of missing reels intentionally inserted into the prints in order to heighten the illusion of the celluloid’s sprocket-weary authenticity; a splashy two-for-the-price-of-one marketing campaign; and enough cast members to keep the talk-show couches on permanent rotation, Grindhouse raises the bar for a certain kind of movie lollapalooza (and also for the kind of filmmaker who is also a showman, along the lines of a William Castle or Cecil B..."
"...Among the locomotive’s passengers were Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, members of the Grateful Dead and the Band, Delaney and Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, and many, many more luminaries, backup musicians, and traveling companions. The Festival Express – dubbed the "million dollar bash" by Rolling Stone – was Canada’s answer to Woodstock and a precursor of Lollapalooza, a moveable feast that zoomed rock’s royalty across Canada to five different event cities where the participants decamped and did their thing before getting back on the train and doing it some more..."
"...Feelgood” character, and other goofy scenes help to lighten the mood of what might otherwise have been an extremely somber film. As if that wasn't enough, long-departed Jane's Addiction are here in some tightly-edited, adrenalized concert footage, including the infamous “Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey” duet with Ice-T from Lollapalooza '90..."
"...Nine Inch Nails playing before Jane's Addiction on every stop of the tour led to further confusion. The pairing seemed odd, but eventually made sense – Jane's had offered NIN a spot on Lollapalooza more than 15 years ago..."
"...Lolla Gagging Unbeknownst to locals until recently, last year Capital Sports & Entertainment took some of their Austin City Limits Music Festival windfall and purchased a stake in the then defunct Lollapalooza from founder Perry Farrell and the William Morris Agency. Then, last Friday, CSE announced plans to remake the former traveling show into a two-day festival July 23 & 24 in Chicago's Grant Park, offering in the neighborhood of 70 bands and a "DJ Spin Tent."..."
"...Instead, we went to same old model that used to run. Remember when Lollapalooza was a touring concern? That model was already waning off here, and we should’ve known better..."
"...The Old 97's are:(1-r) Rhett, Murray, Phillip and Ken photograph by Martin Menocal On paper, Lollapalooza and the Old 97's look like a perfect match. After all, when Perry Farrell conceived the traveling showcase in 1991, the festival was about exposing new, groundbreaking artists to young, open-minded fans..."
"...If there were one singularly transcendent sequence at Lollapalooza 2008 in Grant Park, it occurred Friday night at the onset of Radiohead's "Everything in Its Right Place." As if on cue, fireworks streaked across the Chicago skyline from afar, eclipsing the cinematic grandeur of Thom Yorke's quivering croon. The glittering shower of color climaxed during "Fake Plastic Trees," giving light to the euphoric sensation shared by the captivated audience as Radiohead reiterated why it's perhaps the most important band of the past decade..."
"...At one time or another, the musical proving grounds of Kanye West, Steve Albini, Muddy Waters, Billy Corgan, the Chi-Lites, and, um, Richard Marx. Ranked by online encyclopedia Wikipedia as one of 10 "alpha world cities," and last weekend, site of Lollapalooza, the Festival That Wouldn't Die...."
"...From Christina Aguilera to Marc Anthony, major acts pulled the plug on extensive tours after schedules and venues were already set. The biggest shock came when alternative touring festival Lollapalooza threw in the towel after tickets went on sale for two days' worth of bands on a cross-country trek...."
"..."Okay," Jennings quips, "get more money!" The Littlefield, Texas native casts his perpetually sly gaze about the small audience assembled aboard his tour bus. "Wait 'til the last minute." He shoots another roguish glance and adds, "That's what we'll do with Lollapalooza..."
"...I'm bracing myself as I type this, preparing to head for what Steven Wright (as "K-Billy" in Reservoir Dogs) would call a "bowhemoth" - that monster in a meadow called Lollapalooza. There's good reason for my apprehension, besides the fact that this'll be my first time at the big Loll (well, who wanted to drive to Dallas?!), as Ms..."
"...Here in Festival, Texas® – trademarked by Chronicle music listings czaress Anne Harris – high season runs from March's South by Southwest to Chaos in Tejas at the beginning of June, boomeranging back in October for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and November's Fun Fun Fun Fest. That first one, big daddy, also sets in motion Coachella, Bonnaroo, and August's sold-out Lollapalooza, all rotating a Rubik's Cube of talent that then feeds regional music fests from Washington State to Florida..."
"...Off the Record: How does booking Lollapalooza influence your decisions regarding the ACL Festival?..."
"...He distributed ice cream outside the Beastie Boys surprise gig at Stubb's during SXSW in March. He was backstage at Bonnaroo when Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty for "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." At Wakarusa, he was an enchanted alien extra on stage, dancing to the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part Two." Most recently, he was the reason Jack White of the Raconteurs told 40,000 fans at Lollapalooza that there was free ice cream at the festival...."