legendary multi-artist festival that forever changed the face
of music, returns with a new and astounding 2003 North American
tour featuring an incredible lineup of some of music’s most
vital artists, a fully interactive extravaganza with a wealth
of new sights, sounds and experiences, and its dedication to diversity
and spectacle more pronounced than ever. The 2003 tour kicks off
on July 5th in Indianapolis, IN. A full list of confirmed tour
dates is below.
Founded in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction
frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has exposed millions of people
to scores of new musical artists, cultural trends, lifestyle alternatives
and political points of view over its seven outings, leading Spin
magazine to rate it the “#1 Tour that Changed the World.”
“Lollapalooza’s mission is to
be great and wonderful, to speak to people and speak for the earth,
and to embody music’s power to bring people together,”
says Farrell. “It was created to share the bountiful gifts
that our culture holds, and now it’s returning to enjoy
its permanent place in that culture.”
The Lollapalooza 2003 mainstage again features
a deeply diverse lineup of bands driven by a passion for music
and dedicated to pushing its boundaries:
Jane’s Addiction returns to claim its
original headlining slot, with Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro
and drummer Stephen Perkins joined by new bassist Chris Chaney
previewing new material live and with a devastating new album,
Strays, to be released on Capitol Records on July 22nd.
In the spirit of rock’s legendary supergroups,
two of the most important bands of the nineties pooled their talents
to create Audioslave. Produced by Rick Rubin, the band’s
platinum-selling self-titled debut album features former Soundgarden
frontman Chris Cornell (Vocals) and Rage Against The Machine's
Tim Commerford (Bass), Tom Morello (Guitar), and Brad Wilk (Drums).
Incubus, after touring virtually non-stop for
over two years in support of their multi-platinum album, Morning
View, took a short break, recruited new bassist Ben Kenney (formerly
of the Roots) and has started writing for their fourth full-length
album (due early 2004).
With their bonecrushing and beautiful latest
release, Songs For The Deaf, continuing to conquer the world (and
critics’ top ten lists) with the hits “No One Knows”
and “Go with the Flow,” the Queens of the Stone Age
will take to the Lollapalooza stage with their own brand of rock
n roll depravity.
Jurassic 5 are four Los Angeles-based MCs and
two DJs who have garnered a truly dedicated following in the U.S.
and abroad. MCs Chali 2na, Zaakir (Soup), Akil and Marc 7 and
DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark have released two critically acclaimed
albums on Interscope: Quality Control (2000) and Power in Numbers
The Donnas have kicked down the doors of rock’s
boys’ room with a Chuck Taylor-ed foot. Their major label
debut, Spend the Night, was recently released and features the
hits “Take it Off” and “Who Invited You.”
A Perfect Circle is not a side project. It
is not a hobby for any of those involved. It does not represent
the beginning of anything. It is the continuation and the furtherance
of many extraordinary musical ideas.
The Blender Magazine Second Stage,
a fertile launching pad for developing artists, will this year
feature streetwise punkers the Distillers, moody, “Jackass”
madman Steve-O, as well as British dance/rock alchemists The Music,
alternative metal conceptualists Cave In, neo-Southern rockers
Kings of Leon, indie-pop buzzband Rooney, white-hot garage kings
the Mooney Suzuki, underground rap guru, MC Supernatural, blistering
hard rock trio Burning Brides, progressive rock upstarts 30 Seconds
to Mars, the exotic Bellydance Superstars, hot, hot BoySetsFire,
and melodic Bay Area rebels Fingertight as well as a local band
performing an opening set in each market..
Lollapalooza’s bustling midway will once
again provide an abundance of new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.
Concertgoers will immerse themselves in new worlds of video game
competitions, interactive wireless spectacles, exotic foods and
adventurous art. And be on the lookout for participatory games
that find attendees met with surprises like being whisked backstage
moments before Jane’s Addiction hits the stage for a cat’s
eye view. In short, no two concertgoers will have the same experience.
And Lollapalooza’s World of Just (Be)Causes
will feature both local and national nonprofits addressing a range
of social issues, continuing the festival’s commitment to
progressive politics and new points of view, with a particular
focus on providing information about the world of alternate energies.
“As town criers we’re very interested in promoting
alternative fuel,” says Farrell. “We’re in danger
of losing every environmental law written in this country, and
the voice that reaches out furthest is a musical one.”