Sarah McLachlan On Lollapalooza And Business Of Summer Tours

As this year's summer concert season takes a more definite shape, it's becoming easier and easier to separate the winners (Lilith Fair, Ozzfest) from the losers (Lollapalooza, R.O.A.R.), and the measurement for such tours success is becoming less a question of music than that of business.

At the press conference announcing this year's Lilith Fair itinerary, McLachlan spoke about the business reasons behind the demise of this summer's Lollapalooza tour, a move which she characterized as being "very wise."

"As far as Lollapalooza," McLachlan said, " I really don't know much about it, except that they chose not to put on a show this year because they couldn't find a headliner. And I think that that's a very wise move in that case, because, in the situation that we're in, it becomes big business."

"If you have two bad weeks," McLachlan continued, "you

could run yourself into bankruptcy in the position that we're in, because it costs a lot of money to put these shows on. [825k QuickTime] So, I think it's very wise of them to take a year off."

The Lilith Fair launches June 19 in Portland, Oregon with McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, the Indigo Girls, Erykah Badu and Sinead O'Connor on the bill.