"Alternative" Music Tour Lollapalooza Cancelled 
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Written by Bryan Dailey   
Thursday, 24 June 2004

“Alternative” music fans that were gearing up for another Lollapalooza in 2004 were sad to learn that that all dates of the music festival have been officially cancelled. Refunds are available for all ticket sales at the point of purchase. Lackluster ticket sales were sited as the main reason for the tour’s demise. Founded by Jane’s Addiction lead singer, Perry Farrell, back in 1991 the first Lollapalooza featured a line up including Siouxie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band and more. The concert had become essentially the Woodstock for Generation X and had such a strong following that it was parodied on TV shows like the Simpson’s and retailers in the mid-Ninties even began having “Sale-a-palooza’s.” What started as a traveling circus of lesser known alternative bands became a commercial smash hit when mega selling bands like Metallica, The Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine were added to the tour in subsequent years. This turned off many original fans who saw the show as a venue for celebrating non-commercial, alternative music.

2004 saw a return to lesser-known “alternative” acts including Sonic Youth and The Pixies and was to feature co-headliners Morrissey and The String Cheese Incident. Without the ticket selling power of a band such as the Rage Against the Machine-Soundgarden hybrid super group Audioslave or Incubus who both were featured artists in 2003, the new Lolla lineup was not able to generate enough of a buzz to sell the number of tickets to keep the show above water financially.

Rumours abound that one Southern California Lollapalooza may happen but there will be no national tour.

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