LOOZA DATE!

But confusion reigns over exactly why...

The revived LOLLAPALOOZA festival has had its opening date cancelled due to “technical and logistical” difficulties – though there are rumours poor ticket sales are to blame.

After a five-year absence, the tour – featuring Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave, Queens Of The Stone Age, Incubus and Jurassic 5 as well as around 15 other acts – was set for a July 3 kick-off at the Grand Rapids Ionia Country Fairgrounds in Michigan. It is now scheduled to open at Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Music Center on July 5.

According to the festival organisers, Jane’s Addiction‘s set couldn’t fit on the stage in Ionia. A spokeswoman said ticket sales weren’t a factor in the cancellation, despite early reports that the festival wasn’t selling well.

But Lionel Haskins, manager of the Ionia County Fairgrounds, where Lollapalooza had been scheduled to stop, disagreed. He told Rolling Stone the fairgrounds has two venues for concerts – the grandstand, which has its own stage, and the infield, a general admission area that can accommodate more people but has no stage of its own. Lollapalooza was booked in the infield by Touring Pro, an independent agency, and was responsible for its own staging. He said: “They’re making it sound like our stage was a factor, but they were never planning on using it anyhow. They bring in their own stage.”

Refunds for the cancelled show are available at the point of purchase only.

The revised tour dates are as follows:

Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Music Center (5)

Kansas City Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (8)

St. Louis UMB Bank Pavilion (9)

Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre (11)

Chicago Tweeter Center (12)

Columbus Germain Amphitheatre (13)

Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center (16)

Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre (18)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion (19)

Cleveland Blossom Music Center (20)

Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center (23)

Boston Tweeter Center (25)

Syracuse Vernon Downs Raceway (26)

Philadelphia Tweeter Center at the Waterfront (27)

New York Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach (30)

Washington Nissan Pavilion (August 1)

Atlanta Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre (3)

W. Palm Beach, Sound Advice Amphitheater (5)

Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre (8)

San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (9)

Houston Cynthia W Mitchell Pavilion (10)

Albuquerque Journal Pavilion (12)

Denver Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre (13)

Phoenix Cricket Pavilion (15)

Los Angeles Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen (16)

San Diego Coors Amphitheatre (17)

San Francisco Shoreline Amphitheatre (19)

Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheater (21)

SeattleWhite River Amphitheatre (23)