Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers will play Lollapalooza
By THOMAS CONNER Pop Music Criticemail@example.com April 11, 2012 2:02PM
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili
The Black Keys
+ the Machine
At the Drive-In
The Afghan Whigs
The Temper Trap
The Head & the Heart
The Big Pink
The Tallest Man
Toro y Moi
Of Monsters and Men
Gary Clark Jr.
The Gaslight Anthem
Amadou & Mariam
Band of Skulls
JJ Grey & Mofro
Dum Dum Girls
Trampled by Turtles
Bear in Heaven
The Black Angels
Bombay Bicycle Club
Sharon Van Etten
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Devil Makes Three
The War on Drugs
JEFF the Brotherhood
First Aid Kit
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Kopecky Family Band
Walk Off the Earth
Dry the River
Skream & Benga
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Updated: April 12, 2012 12:12AM
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers — a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more — all bands that wound up on the bill.
Pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath has been courting reunion rumors for some time. All four original members — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward — made an official announcement in November of new shows (mostly summer festivals) and new recordings. Ward has since dropped out.
At the Drive-In played a surprise show — its first together in 11 years — Monday night in Austin, Texas, home of Lollapalooza’s producers, C3 Presents. The beloved El Paso-based rock band’s reunion will be spotlighted at numerous festivals worldwide this summer, including Coachella beginning this weekend outside of Los Angeles.
Some bands aren’t reuniting but returning after a hiatus, such as Bloc Party, which has been inactive for two years, and the Shins, back with a new record this spring, the first under that moniker since 2006.
A few of the top acts will provide deja vu for local fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are booked for a Chicago area show barely more than two months before Lollapalooza (May 28 at the Allstate Arena). The Black Keys just played the United Center in mid-March. Bassnectar has two shows this weekend at the Congress Theater. Meanwhile, Childish Gambino, fun., and SBTRKT are booked for Chicago clubs within the next few weeks.
Bassnectar leads the Perry’s Stage, named for Lolla founder and Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell. Last year, the humid rave tent often was the most engaging stage at the festival. This year’s offerings stretch beyond the usual lone, headphoned DJ, including dance-pop singer Santigold, fusion electronic group Big Gigantic and dubstep duo Skream & Benga.
Despite higher prices, a first round of three-day passes to the festival sold out in late March at $200 each. For remaining passes, available through www.lollapalooza.com, the price jumps to $230.
That’s $15 more than last year — the result of a renegotiated deal between Lollapalooza’s producers, Texas-based C3 Presents, and the City of Chicago. Last month, the Chicago Park District announced the extension of the festival through 2021 but with the deletion of the tax exemption that the festival had previously enjoyed since relaunching in Chicago’s downtown park in 2005.
Because of the extra outlay, a C3 spokesperson said ticket prices would jump. Last year’s early-bird passes were $185 and regular passes, $215.
Last weekend, Lollapalooza produced its first festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring the Foo Fighters, MGMT, Foster the People, Arctic Monkeys and more. In 2011, the festival brand started an annual event in Santiago, Chile, as well.