Bless the great Perry Farrell – Jane's Addiction lead singer. He initially came up with the concept and founded the great Lollapalooza Music Festival all the way back in 1991. The event took a hiatus between 1997 and 2003 before landing at Grant Park, Chicago in 2005, where it has since unfolded in front of packed crowds who treat the experience as the apex of summer. The 2016 lineup was currently announced and released.
The original Lollapalooza 1991 starred Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T, and just a small handful of other soloists and bands. In the years since, the annual event has grown in scope, size and popularity.
Let us get right to the specifics of the 25-year-anniversary of the great festival. Radiohead. Red Hot Chili Peppers. And, wait for it...... Jane's Addiction. These are three of the major headliners who will rock crowds in Grant Park, Chicago on July 28, July 29, July 30 and July 31.
Jane's Addiction sprang onto the scene in 1986, during a golden time in which rock 'n roll bands were etching their name into history and weaving their styles into the fabric of American culture. The extremely talented and eccentric Ferrell provided lead vocals and an abundance of personality for the band until they split up in late 1991 after the release of just two studio albums.
They came together briefly in late 1997 for a handful of shows before taking another hiatus. In early 2008, Ferrell reunited with Dave Navarro, Eric Avery and Steven Perkins, and they proceeded to crank out The Great Escape Artist in 2011, the band's fourth studio album.
Jane’s Addiction deserves a lion's share of the attention heading into this festival given the fact that the now annual celebration was initially created as a farewell tour of Jane's Addiction almost three decades ago. The official Festival poster has been posted online, and it has the classic deduction in font size as the bands and soloists are revealed from top to bottom. Lollapalooza 2016 will feature over 200 acts in total.
Ellie Goulding, Future, Lana Del Rey, J. Cole and LCD Soundsystem are also in the largest fonts. A mark of just how huge this annual summer gathering has become is the fact that artists such as Third Eye Blind, Wolf Alice, Mac Miller and Miike Snow are buried in the middle of the list.
A few Festival circuit regulars who are lower on the list include Jackal, Tennyson, Horse Thief, Potty Mouth, Honeysuckle, and Sir the Baptist.
A fun fact to think about and perhaps discuss with those around you while waiting in lines for certain things such as bathrooms, drinks and concessions is that Lollapalooza is an actual term that entered the American lexicon and official dictionary around the year 1900. It means "an extraordinary and unusual thing or event." The four-day party that will go down throughout the final days in July at Grant Park in Chicago embodies these concepts perfectly.