The last big festival of the summer is also the last to announce its lineup, but Lollapalooza always manages to bring it. In 2010, the three-day event featured the only festival appearance by Lady Gaga as well as comeback sets by the Strokes and Soundgarden.
This time around, the headliners include Eminem (who will also be turning in a set at Bonnaroo), Foo Fighters (somehow making their Lollapalooza debut) and Coldplay (who will likely use the opportunity to preview some new songs from their upcoming fifth album).
The 2011 version of Lollapalooza, which will again run in Chicago’s Grant Park over what is always one of the hottest weekends of the year (pack your sunscreen!), will also include appearances by My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, A Perfect Circle, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, Cage the Elephant, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and dozens more.
This is the 20-year anniversary of the first Lollapalooza, originally conceived by Perry Farrell in 1991 as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction—a band that made several comebacks and is surprisingly absent from this lineup, especially considering they have a new album coming out this summer. In addition to Farrell’s band, the first lineup famously featured Ice T & Body Count, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Fishbone and Violent Femmes.
In case you’re having trouble with the math, this is only the 15th iteration of Lollapalooza in 20 years. It was a touring festival for its first seven summers, then disappeared for a few years before hitting the road again in 2003. After 2004’s tour was canceled just after the announcement of the lineup, the festival settled in Chicago in 2005 and has been an annual fixture ever since.
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