Lollapalooza To Sound Off On The Environment

Farrell's BrainForest planned for Lolla '97. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

For the first time in the festival's seven-year history, this

year's Lollapalooza midway attractions will focus exclusively on the

environment and toxic waste.

First up is the BrainForest, a multi-media

tent designed by festival organizer Perry Farrell, described as a "haven from

the summer elements with a performance space and showroom for thematic art and

music." The BrainForest tent will house a roving collection of electronica

DJ's, performance artists and spoken word performers who will entertain the

overheated masses among the foliage-filled earth-themed tent.

The Temple,

a 32-foot tower will undoubtedly be the visual focal point of the midway, as it

rises high above the action and is adorned with eclectic pagan and tribal art

from around the world. The nondenominational edifice will also be adorned with

mini-performance platforms for performance art pageantry and a sound system

that will beam out spiritual messages. On the political front, the Greenhouse

will be a center for a variety of social and political groups whose main focus

is environmental issues, while The Agora is the spiffy Greek-themed name for

the food and crafts concourse where kids can buy their $12 bottles of water and

get eyebrow piercings between bands.

As for the all-important order of acts

on the Main Stage (so you can judge how much time you have to chug beers in the

parking lot), they are as follows:

Julian and Damian Marley will open all

shows, with Manchester's James (who recently had to cancel a string of West

Coast dates due to a whiplash-style injury to lead singer Tim Booth), taking

the second slot, except on June 28-29.

The next five spots, all booked for

the duration of the tour are, in order, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,

Korn, Tricky, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tool.

And, for the first time in the festival's history,

the closing spot (the spot formerly known as the Headlining Slot) will be

filled by a rotating series of acts. Orbital will do the honors from June

25-July 15, followed by Devo (July 16-19, July 25-27), the Prodigy (July 20-23,

July 29-August 10) and The Orb (August 13-18).

For the Lolla '97 revised

tour dates, please use "Continued" icon below.]