Ever since festival bills began leaking to the media this spring,
talk about this year's summer slate has revolved around volume--not noise, but
What with H.O.R.D.E., Smokin' Grooves, the Lilith Fair, Ozzfest,
R.O.A.R. (Revelation Of Alternative Rhythms), the Furthur tour, another Phish
mega-festival plus the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and numerous local
extravaganzas, it's going to be hard to find an open field this summer that
doesn't have 10 or more bands clamoring to jam in it. All of which makes the
organizers of Lollapalooza, the godmother of every contemporary American
festival, a little uneasy.
"There's so many festivals out there," said
Lolla publicist Anna Loynes, "that they wanted to give something special to
Thus tour founder Perry Farrell is hitting the road with
his band Porno For Pyros, as well as some of this year's second stage acts to
promote the upcoming Lollapalooza shows at clubs in Los Angeles, New York,
Chicago and Florida. Traveling with the entourage will be coming attractions
for the festival midway.
Loynes told ATN that the Preview-palooza (the tour
office prefers "Club Lollapalooza") was whipped together by the tour marketing
office in a matter of days. "This has not been planned," she said.
the mini-outing was actually suggested several months back, it didn't get the
go ahead from tour organizers, including Farrell, until recently, Loynes added.
"Last week they decided, what a great idea. We need to do this to generate
excitement about Lollapalooza."
Porno will start the shebang at New York's
Supper Club on June 3. Joining the band will be Skeleton Key and Jeremy Toback,
along with several DJs. The next day, they'll travel to Ft. Lauderdale's Chili
Pepper club, where the Old 97's will replace Skeleton Key. The same line-up
then plays Chicago's Metro on June 5. Still unconfirmed are a date and venue
for a similar venture in Los Angeles.
After these shows, Porno For Pyros
will head back to New York to play an acoustic set at the Tibetan Freedom
Concert on June 7. Loynes told ATN that Porno will play the Lollapalooza
previews in its standard "loud, full-blown" setup.
In tow with the bands
will be artwork from Lollapalooza's "Temple" and "Brain Forest" attractions, as
well as "environmental pods"--the sections from this year's tour that focus on
environmental issues such as dioxin poisoning.
Tickets for Club
Lollapalooza will be available through local radio station giveaways. The
official festival tour starts on June 25 in Florida.