LOLLAPALOOZA IS BACK!

After five years, the travelling festival returns with a killer line-up...

Members ofQueens Of The Stone Age, AUDIOSLAVE, INCUBUS

and JURASSIC 5 joined Jane’s Addiction

frontman PERRY FARRELL in LOS ANGELES yesterday (February 10), to officially announce the re-launch of stateside summer festival LOLLAPALOOZA.

The collection of musicians, all due to appear on the festival’s bill, turned up to Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard shortly after 12 noon to greet fans and members of the press with the news.

“We had a five-year hiatus and what we did was take a rest,” Farrell said of the event’s absence on the touring circuit. “It’s never a bad idea to take a rest, especially when you’re exhausted – think about things and re-strategise and wait for the perfect wave. You sit out in the line up and you wait for the waves to come and the waves come in sets. At this time, with the music industry the way it is, the bands that are out there, and our availability, it just seems like this was the perfect wave.”

Farrell started Lollapalooza in 1991. Over the festival’s eight year run, hundreds of influential acts graced its two stages including Breeders, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Verve, The Verve, Mercury Rev, Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Royal Trux, [/a], [a], Smashing Pumpkins, [/a], [a]and [a][/a].

Lollapalooza’s history was also intertwined with awareness promotion – booths were set up during the event to educate patrons on a variety of issues. In addition to alternative fuel booths Farrell says will be on the tour this year, Audioslave’s Tom Morello said Axis of Justice will feature heavily.

“There will definitely be an Axis of Justice installation at Lollapalooza and it will be the biggest one that we’ve had on tour so far,” he said. “I think that’s what really separates Lollapalooza from any other tours that are going out this summer – it’s the incredible music, it’s the ideas contained in the concert and it’s the community it builds among bands among fans. It’s unlike anything else going out for the last five years. It’s certainly not like anything else going on this summer and we’re really proud to be a part of it.”

The festival line up will stop in 28 stateside cities during July and August of this year, though at press time, official dates had yet to be confirmed. More information including additions to the line up will be posted on [url=]lollapalooza.com in the weeks to come.