Upon looking at the Lollapalooza lineup, I can’t help but wonder if Perry Farrell meant to book mainly monochromatic headliners? Going for a color theme perhaps? Who knows. Anyway, besides Black Sabbath, the popular artists for festival headliners 2012 seem to all be in one festival here, making the $350 average ticket price a steal. And on a ticket-price related note, if you consider Coachella tickets were pushing $800 earlier this year, $340-$360 for a 3-Day Lollapalooza pass seems like a pretty sweet deal. To put this in perspective, if you wished to see Red Hot Chili Peppers alone, an average ticket would only be about $50 less. If you happen to be in Chicago on August 3rd through 5th, and you get your hands on Lollapalooza tickets, congratulations, you’ve officially made this LA girl green with envy.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Chili Peppers have lived through various guitarists and drummers, heroin addictions, and, most importantly, international success. Almost 30 years after forming, the Peppers are on their tenth album and show no signs of slowing down. I’m with You reached number one in the UK, as well as 17 other countries, and reached number two in the US and Canada. The I’m with You Tour is their biggest thus far, partially due to Anthony Kiedis’s foot surgery; it started in September 2011 and will continue into 2013.
- The Black Keys
The Black Keys have been quite busy this year, both musically and personally. Besides booking multiple festivals in Europe and the US, they’ve managed to insult a classic band and sue two major companies for using their songs without permission. Regardless of any controversy, the Keys still give a hell of a show. El Camino debuted at number two and was ranked one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone. After Lollapalooza, the band will continue their tour in Europe, coming back to the states in October.
- Black Sabbath
The pioneers of heavy metal teased long time fans in 2011, when they announced that they would reunite for a new album and tour. It seemed too good to be true – and it was, when Bill Ward said he would not participate unless he had a signed contract. “Ozzy and Friends” will tour Europe, sans Ward, with only one stop in the US – Lollapalooza. (Image via lastfm)
- Jack White
Jack White is quite the accomplished musician. He’s created and lead three different bands, he’s been named one of the greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, he’s been awarded the title of “Nashville Music City Ambassador” by the mayor, he owns a recording studio, Third Man Records, and he is now a successful solo artist. Blunderbuss reached number one in the States, as well as the UK and Canada. White will be going in and out of the US for the rest of 2012, ending at the Voodoo music festival in New Orleans. (Image via Jack White)
Lesser Known (But Still Fantastic) Bands You Should See
- LP – If you’ve seen the Citibank commercial with the rock climbers, you’ve heard LP. She looks a little like Bob Dylan and sounds like, well, herself. She’s written songs for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, but her best work is carried by her own voice, specifically live. Her cover of Halo is unique and hauntingly beautiful, so it would be a mistake to miss her at Lollapalooza.
- FIDLAR – In the same vein as garage rockers Ty Segall and The Men, FIDLAR’s fuzzy guitars and distant vocals give their sound a hyper, raw quality.
- Oberhofer – Fairly new to the scene, Oberhofer has picked up speed by touring with larger artists such as Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian, and has already performed at Coachella in April.
- Empires – Locals from Chicago, Empires are on their second album and were said to be a “big, multi-faceted, tower of power” by Rolling Stone. Promising words for a band that has only just started peaking.
- Die Antwoord – Though Die Antwoord would technically be considered rap, it aggressively pushes aside any and all labels. Meaning “the answer” in Afrikaans, Die Antwoord marches to the beat of their own drum, led by lead vocalist, Ninja.
Also in Chicago August 1-7: