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Lollapalooza Tickets

It is that time of year again, the time of year when talk of music festivals dominates the radio and concert news. In 2012 Lollapalooza tickets are being sold for single day passes or three day passes running from August 3 to 5 in Grant Park in Chicago. The headliners include The Black Keys and Black Sabbath on Friday, Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday, and Jack White and Florence and the Machine on Sunday. Of course, there are dozens of other bands playing the secondary, tertiary, and even café stages, as well as comedians and sketch groups spotting the festival grounds.

The music and arts festival is merging everything from old school heavy metal with blues rock with anything else that can thrust under the indie music label once again. This year's lineup is definitely more eclectic than last years, making 2012 quite a year to head downtown and prepare to listen to live music by Lake Michigan. Pay attention to the music news too, for the bands tend to play additional concerts throughout the city, encouraging tourists to travel to neighborhoods outside of the Loop, River North, and the Gold Coast.

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Lollapalooza - 3 Day Pass Aug 1, 2014
Hutchinson Field Grant Park
Chicago, IL
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Lollapalooza: Eminem, Arctic Monkeys & Lorde Aug 1, 2014
Fri 12:00PM
Hutchinson Field Grant Park
Chicago, IL
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Lollapalooza: Outkast, Calvin Harris & Foster The People Aug 2, 2014
Hutchinson Field Grant Park
Chicago, IL
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Lollapalooza: Kings Of Leon, Skrillex & The Avett Brothers Aug 3, 2014
Hutchinson Field Grant Park
Chicago, IL
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Lollapalooza History

Lollapalooza is an American traveling music festival featuring alternative rock, rap, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. Organized in 1991 by Perry Farrell, singer for the band Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza ran annually through 1997, and was revived in 2003. The festival encapsulated youth culture for the 1990s much as Woodstock did for the 1960s.The Lollapalooza Generation is sometimes used as a synonym for Generation X. Farrell conceived of the Lollapalooza festival in 1990 as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction. The name Lollapalooza means "something outstanding or unusual"; Farrell heard the word in a Three Stooges short film and liked the sound.

Unlike previous music festivals such as Woodstock or the US Festival, which were one-time events held in one venue, Lollapalooza was a touring show -- a modern-day chautauqua -- that traveled across the United States and Canada. Instead of drawing music enthusiasts from around the country to one spot, Lollapalooza came to them -- bringing West Coast and East Coast underground culture to cities in the heartland. Because of this, many more people saw, and participated in, Lollapalooza than had been to any previous music festival. It was an important vehicle for disseminating the alternative music of the period.

The 1991 lineup was also daringly eclectic, drawing in headliners from rap like Ice-T as well as electronic music like Nine Inch Nails. Crossing popular music's rigidly-drawn genre lines gave the festival an air of independence from corporate rock. Another key concept behind Lollapalooza was the inclusion of non-musical features. Performers like the Jim Rose Circus, an alternative freak show, or the Shaolin Monks stretched the boundaries of traditional rock culture. There was a tent for display of art pieces, virtual reality games, and information tables for political and environmental non-profit groups. Lollapalooza's charter was not just a super-star rock jam -- it was a cultural festival, albeit for the newly-formed 1990s counterculture.

After 1991, the festival included a second stage (and, in 1996, a third stage) for up-and-coming bands or local acts. It began a churning effect for alternative music -- as underground bands broke through to the mainstream, they drew listeners to Lollapalooza, who would then see the next generation of underground bands on the second stage. Many of the bands that played second stage at Lollapalooza later had more widespread commercial success.

The final years of the first run of Lollapalooza saw the festival lose its focus. Farrell, who had been the soul of the festival, quit the organization to concentrate on his new festival project, ENIT. Ideas and musical genres that had been edgy and risqué at the beginning of the 1990s were now mainstream or passé. Efforts were made to keep the festival relevant, such as including more eclectic acts such as country superstar Waylon Jennings, and emphasizing more heavily electronica groups like The Prodigy. By 1997, however, the Lollapalooza concept had run out of steam, and in 1998 failed efforts to find a headliner willing to do the show rang the deathknell for Lollapalooza.

In 2003, however, Farrell reconvened Jane's Addiction and scheduled a new tour. The festival schedule included venues in 30 cities through July and August. The 2003 tour achieved only marginal success with many fans staying away because of high ticket prices and heavy corporate sponsorship. Another tour scheduled for 2004 was canceled in June due to weak ticket sales across the country. Lollapalooza came back strong in 2005 after Farrell partnered with the owners and operators of Austin City Limits Music Festival. The music festival has beaten the elements and the odds and is now a summer fixture in Chicago. The 2010 took over the downtown park from August 6 to 8 and the festival will play through at least 2018 after the recent signing of a deal that guaranteed the city $13 million. Get Lollapalooza tickets now to see what this summer's festival has in store.