Last year, when the full Lollapalooza lineup was leaked by Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis, [artist id="508242"]Perry Farrell[/artist] was so angry that he invoked the name of amorous French skunk Pepe Le Pew.
This year, when a handful of Lolla headliners were revealed by The Chicago Tribune, Farrell refrained from mentioning any cartoon characters. Instead, he's striking a different tone: optimism.
"Well, it's pesky. But you gotta look at it like this: It's kind of exciting these guys care enough to try to dig up what we're doing every year, and, um, it's a great lineup, so I'm not too mad that people happen to know [about it]," Farrell told MTV News at South by Southwest on Thursday, hours before he and the re-formed Jane's Addiction tore through Playboy's "Rock the Rabbit" party. "And they don't know the 100 other groups that are coming. ... But Lollapalooza now has six headliners, so there's two they don't now about. [Plus,] even the people who are playing before us are awesome, so no, I'm not too mad about it."
Farrell wouldn't divulge the names of the other two Lollapalooza headliners, who will join [artist id="702"]Jane's[/artist], the [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon[/artist], the [artist id="968"]Beastie Boys[/artist] and [artist id="1057"]Depeche Mode[/artist] atop the bill August 7-9 at Grant Park in Chicago. Nor was he willing to discuss any of the "100 other groups" apparently confirmed for the fest. But he did hint at an increased electronic presence at Lolla '09 — perhaps he's thinking of reviving his old ENIT festival? — and managed to compare himself to a certain pop-culture pariah in the process. The man truly is a master of the sound bite.
"We have a lineup in the electronic world that's a who's who of electronic artists, and they don't know anything about that, either," Farrell added. "I kind of feel like Octomom, you know? Getting all this attention. Who cares?"
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