In recent weeks St. Louis has had a bit of a hard-on for Lollapalooza. After all, representatives from Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and leaders from our board of aldermen have told us time and again that the proposed Summer Rocks festivals will offer the Gateway City a multi-stage, multi-act, multi-millions-of-dollars musical experience similar to what Chicago has every August.
So let's think about what Lollapalooza 2014 may be like, eh? Yesterday evening, Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot leaked the acts his "industry sources" have confirmed to be Lollapalooza's headliners:
Eminem and three more of your Lollapalooza 2014 headliners: http://t.co/DmnjScMcnD— Greg Kot (@gregkot) March 18, 2014
Lollapalooza itself isn't scheduled to formally announce performers until next week, so Kot's assertion that this year's headliners will include Eminem, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon remains unofficial. Kot's list is worth considering, though, because he's been right a couple of times before. (Compare those reports with the actual lineups.)
When it comes to the artists themselves, Eminem headlined Lolla in 2011 and received a bunch of excellent reviews. It's certainly not unheard of for entertainers to do the festival multiple times, and the rapper will be heading north in August anyway for a date in Canada.
As we reported last week, Skrillex will visit St. Louis on June 17, which isn't anywhere near Lollapalooza's dates of August 1 through 3. However, Skrillex's tour concludes July 30 in Maine, and he'd be just a flight away from celebrating the end in Chicago's Grant Park.
The Arctic Monkeys appears to be a Lollapalooza favorite, performing at the main festival in 2009 and 2011 and also at Chile's and Brazil's Lolla events in 2012. The band, which visited St. Louis in February, will be overseas in July but heads to Canada for a performance on August 1. Again, the land of Dudley Do-Right isn't all that far from northern Illinois.
Regardless of our fine detective work on the tour dates for our potential headliners, the big question is: Do we care?
Continue for reactions to the leaked headliners.
Our answer: We care a little. As we noted on the previous page, St. Louis saw Arctic Monkeys earlier this year. Skrillex -- a.k.a. Mr. Fancy Haircut -- will be here this summer. And Kings of Leon...seriously, we just don't know how many ways we can say that we don't give a shit about Kings of Leon. Anyway, we don't need to go to Lolla just to see these performers.
But Eminem? Um, yeah, he'd be a Lollapalooza draw. Five hours wouldn't be painful for us to drive when it comes to seeing someone who's known for slaying performances -- especially when he really hasn't shown St. Louis much love. We've already noted that Eminem has a Canada stop listed on his otherwise-empty tour page, but this tweet from February gives us hope that more dates are coming:
So if Eminem fleshes out his presumed three-city tour and hits St. Louis, we'd pretty much shrug at going to Lolla and just see him here. But if not, we'd consider making the trek to Chicago this August, depending on ticket and gasoline prices. Maybe.
But with Kot's leaked headliners still unconfirmed, we're just speculating. People on teh interwebz are treating the leak as confirmed truth, though, and reactions range from indifference to anger:
Lollapalooza? More like Lullapalooza. Or Dullapalooza. Or LOLlapalooza. #lame— Esteban (@egc00) March 18, 2014
@ProducerKen Lackluster Lollapalooza Line-up Leaves Legions Listless— Sandra Jane (@janevonmises) March 18, 2014
By far the worst #lollapalooza headliners of my lifetime. I will pay to keep bros of leon out of chicago.— Thomas Hall (@teehalljr) March 18, 2014
We're so disappointed in you, Lollapalooza watchers. You're nowhere near as entertaining as the folks who lambasted/became horny over St. Louis' own Pointfest.
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