HOLLYWOOD — Each of the bands confirmed for Lollapalooza has its own reason for joining the revived legendary summer tour rather than one of its many copycats.
For Audioslave, it's a chance for the former Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine members to pay homage to a tour that helped launch their previous bands.
"It was probably the most important tour to ever trek across the United States," guitarist Tom Morello said during a Lollapalooza press conference at the giant Amoeba Music record store on Monday (see "Lollapalooza Back With Audioslave, Incubus, Queens, Jane's Addiction").
For Incubus, it's simply something different.
"We're looking forward to completing our triple crown domination of music festivals," guitarist Mike Einziger said. "We've now played Warped Tour, two Ozzfests and Area: One."
"We're like festival whores," joked singer Brandon Boyd. "I would have loved to do Lilith Fair."
For Jurassic 5, it's an opportunity to introduce their socially conscious hip-hop to new crowds. And for Queens of the Stone Age, it's just another chance to rock.
But what about Jane's Addiction, whose singer, Perry Farrell, co-founded the festival in 1991 and has threatened to revive it a number of times since it went on hiatus after 1997 (see "Perry Hits Lollapasnooza Button: Tour Sleeps Another Year")?
Their motivation, the singer said, is to showcase a musical revolution the same way the first run did in the early and mid '90s, when alternative rock, grunge, industrial, electronica and rap-rock were all on the verge of exploding.
"We had a five-year hiatus to rest — which is never a bad idea when you're exhausted — and think about things and re-strategize and wait for the perfect wave," Farrell said. "You sit out in the water and you wait for the waves to come, and this time the music industry, the bands out there, this just seemed to be the perfect wave."
Farrell's future touring partners agreed the timing couldn't be better.
"In today's music climate, which I think is really hurting, it's important for Lollapalooza to reemerge and establish itself," Morello said. "When Lollapalooza first emerged, it completely changed the face of popular music. It took a lot of cutting-edge bands and forged them into a community that changed music in America."
"Something my friends and my band talk about all the time is 'What happened to that time? What happened to that feeling, that kind of music, that kind of gathering?' " added Boyd. "This is a perfect thing."
Farrell said he's also excited about continuing Lollapalooza's tradition of offering a variety of social and political awareness booths. This year's festival will focus on alternative fuel and will also offer the largest presentation from Morello's Axis of Justice organization yet.
"When you're planning Lollapalooza, you're putting on a party," explained Farrell, who noted that the venues will be conducive to relaxation. "We have the music, and now the party is starting to sound good, right? Now we can have intelligent discussions. People are heady and they are awake and we are going to provide other things to be socially aware."
Like Lollapaloozas past, this year's festival boasts a wide array of music, and that's only the first five bands. More main stage and side stage bands will be announced, along with DJs, although they will not be the focus of the fest.
"Area 2 put a lot of faith in the electronic music culture and it's a very touchy thing," Farrell said. "People that like that may not want to go to amphitheaters. To put all your faith in electronic music is not what we're doing here. What I decided was live music."
And to emphasize the importance of live music, Farrell began Monday's press conference with a three-song set from Jane's Addiction. The band played two tracks from their upcoming Hypersonic, "Suffer Some" and "Wrong Girl," along with a rendition of "Jane Says" with members of Incubus.
Farrell said a complete lineup and itinerary will be released in the coming weeks.
Organizers said Lollapalooza will visit the following cities:
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Detroit, MI
- Hartford, CT
- Holmdel, NJ
- Houston, TX
- Indianapolis, IN
- Kansas City, MO
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Milwaukee, WI
- New York, NY
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Raleigh, NC
- St. Louis, MO
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Toronto, ON
- Virginia Beach, VA
- Washington, DC