Chicagoist has thrown the gauntlet down in predicting who might make it to this year’s Lollapalooza… in a “purely speculative” way.
It seems that Lolla guessing has gone the way of political campaigning, in that the speculation begins as soon as the last year’s event has ended. So, despite it being 6 months away, I can’t help but continue the rumor mill… heavily abbreviated via c’ist:
we are almost positive Jane’s Addiction will headline with their original line-up. They’ve already played a few small shows in L.A. … We also wouldn’t be surprised if The Smashing Pumpkins headlined a night …
And there’s one band we’re really hoping plays this year, and that’s Blur with Graham Coxon in the line-up .. And how could we forget Pavement?
Okay. Pavement, granted. Yes, there’s been plenty of rumor talk about that, and I would be thrilled to see them play. Watching Stephen Malkmus do Pavement covers alone at Pitchfork was sort of satisfying but made me yearn for the whole she-bang… you know… it’s like picking the salt off a pretzel and eating it. (ed. note: work simile ever)
As far as Jane’s Addiction, that would be interesting. But leave it to Perry Ferrel to book his own band as “the big surprise. ” Ferrel’s current project, Satellite Party, is completely mediocre but P.F. keeps on putting them pretty high-up on the Lolla band list despite the crowd’s collective indifference. At least Jane’s Addiction reforming would be worth touting.
Blur would be great. Fingers crossed on that one.
I HIGHLY doubt Smashing Pumpkins would do Lolla, considering how few times they even play in the greater Chicago area (or its outlying casinos) not to mention Billy Corigan’s penchant for tantrums and cancellations. Quite frankly, based on the reviews the last tour received, I don’t know if I’d even WANT to see them play. Without D’Arcy or James Iha, it’s really not the Pumpkins anyway and I’ll rot in hell before they get Iha to sign on (or find which corner of the world D’Arcy ran off to).
So, if we’re being purely speculative, not based on any actual information, here’s my Lolla wishlist:
- The Beatles
- The Velvet Undergrond (special appearences by Nico and Warhol)
- Leonard Skynard (original line-up)
- Nick Drake (special appearance by Zach Braff)
Update: The Smiths!