Fun Fact #24: The History of Lollapalooza

Posted: April 12, 2013 by Tuned In, Turned Up in Fun Facts
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The Lollapalooza festival held every year in Chicago has become one of the country’s largest music festivals. What you may not know about Lollapalooza though, is that it originally started as a farewell show for the group Jane’s Addiction!

In 1991, Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, began planning an epic farewell show for his band that would bring music from all over the continent together for an incredible concert. The line-up included a diverse group of artists like Ice-T, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Nine Inch Nails. After the first show, the festival began touring around the United States and Canada until it eventually stationed itself in Chicago, IL.


  1. mikeladano says:

    Here’s an interesting thing. I remember reading in a magazine, I think it was RIP Magazine circa 1991. It was an interview with Ian Astbury of The Cult. He essentially took credit for inventing Lollapalloza himself. He put together something the year before (1990) called Gethering of the Tribes, a two-day festival. The idea was to have a varied lineup, so The Cult, Soundgarden, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Iggy Pop, Ice T, Ingido Girls…I can’t remember them all.

    Anyway he said Perry ripped off his idea, which may be true, but I think it’s probably just convergent evolution. The fact that Ice T did both is probably coincidence. I can see how Ian would feel ripped off.

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