The Chicago Lollapalooza 2012 rumors should say it all…
The August 3-5 2012 Lollapalooza rumor lineup is looking pretty predictable. Once again, the theme of this year’s Lollapalooza is “let’s-book-all-of-the-biggest-mainstream-bands-to-draw-out-huge-crowds-and-charge-hundreds-of-dollars-for-tickets.” Whether the rumors are true or not, I’ll spill them here…
“The 2012 headliners will be Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Beck, Beyonce, and Sonic Youth (which is also rumored to be their last show).
Perry’s Tent will again feature Skrillex in a set with Korn, Noisia, Bassnecter, M.I.A., Calvin Harris, Flux Pavilion, Wax, Mord Fustang, and Knife Party.
As for the other stages, you can expect to see The Shins, M83, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Gotye, St. Vincent, Surfer Blood, Kimbra, Real Estate, Crosses, Sleigh Bells, Bombay Bicycle Club, Antlers, Passion Pit, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Wale, At The Drive In, Garbage, Missy Elliot, Gaslight Anthem, Guided By Voices, AWOLNATION.”
-As seen on The Sights and Sounds website
3 Reasons not to go to Lollapalooza 2012
Presale Tickets are already sold out
Well, to start off, pre-sale tickets sold out in a day or two… before any of the bands were announced! Can you just already imagine all the ‘music fans’ that will be flocking to Grant Park this summer? …Because, you know, if its a music festival… but if its all about the music, WHY ARE PEOPLE BUYING $230 DOLLAR TICKETS WHEN NOT A SINGLE BAND HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!!! Surely, they must be true music fans <– sarcasm.
The crowd is going to suck
In 2008 when Rage Against the Machine played, the crowd was so frenzied that people were surging forward, blocking people in, and getting crushed against the barricade. It was so bad the band had to stop the performance… 3 times.
Now, I’m down with crowd-surfing, stage-diving, mosh-pitting, ska-dancing, rocking-out, fist-bumping, or whatever your dig is… but if people are getting crushed so bad that the band has to stop playing, you’re doing it wrong.
The lineup is going to suck
Take another look at the rumors I posted above. Individually, those bands may not be that bad. They probably put on a good live show, and would be a great addition to your concert resumé. But all together? That’s just too wide of a reach for one festival to truly get the atmosphere of the bands, the music, and the fans. Sure if Metallica headlined and played Kill ‘Em All in its entirety, you could talk about how sick it was gettin’ hammered, slamming beers, and thrashing out as if it were the ’80s… but remember, just one stage over, is Beyonce lip-syncing “Broken-Hearted Girl” to a bunch of 12-year-old girls.