With the lineup announcement for Perry Farrell’s three-day fun weekend celebrating the return of Jane’s Addiction, aka relive the 90s weekend, aka Lollapalooza set to descend on us any moment now, it makes sense that the leaks and rumors are rolling in by the boatload. Speaking of which, let’s play a game, shall we? Below you will find two leaks, they may be real, they may fake. We know the answer…and will tell you below.
So without further ado, let’s play “Battle of the Lolla Leaks!”
Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tool, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, A.C. Newman, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Band of Horses, Bat for Lashes, Ben Folds, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Bon Iver, Chairlift, Cursive, Delta Spirit, Dirty Projectors, Eagles of Death Metal, Eels, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas, Heartless Bastards, Kaiser Chiefs, Langhorne Slim, Lily Allen, Lou Reed, Matt & Kim, Metric, MSTRKRFT, Neko Case, OK Go, Passion Pit, Paul Green’s School of Rock All Stars, Peter Bjorn and John, Ra Ra Riot, Rancid, Razorlight, Regina Spektor, Rise Against, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sam Roberts Band, Santigold, School of Seven Bells, Silversun Pickups, Tenacious D,The Airborne Toxic Event, The Decemberists,The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady, The Raveonettes, TheNewNo2, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Well, let’s work this out, because there is no right answer, at least not yet.
We can for sure rule out “Exhibit A.” Albeit extremely pretty and well thought out, the origin of the lineup is from the fine folks over at the Lollapalooza message boards, who for the second year in a row have taken to the task of predicting/wishing up this year’s lineup…
Plus, as any avid Perry Farrell fanatic/CoS reader will tell you, we already know a good portion of this year’s lineup – Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction, and Tool to name a few – none of which appear on “Exhibit A.”
Which brings us to “Exhibit B,” where the above names, along with many other acts currently confirmed do in fact appear. The lineup at hand comes from somebody at the blog Faronheit, who says the list above is from a friend who works at C3 Presents – the company behind Lollapalooza. However…
“As it is such a highly guarded secret, and considering nothing has been made official thus far, my friend has taken some ‘preventative’ measures to help ensure that if I am the first person leaking this then there’s a small bit of credibility to pay for putting it out there amongst the general public…
Going back to those “preventative” measures I mentioned, it’s worth noting that a few of the artists on this list may not be correct. My friend claims to have “sabotaged” the list by putting in a small number of fake artists with the intention of de-legitimizing the whole thing in case I posted it. Given that I’ve been told the list is at least 90% correct (if not higher).”
Now normally, we view these things with an extreme grain of salt – after all, anyone with access to the internet and a trace of musical intelligence can come up with a half decent fake lineup. That being said, Faronheit’s lineup isn’t obviously fake, especially if you consider the number of acts included that are currently confirmed or rumored on our Outlook page. Of course, the easiest explanation would be that the author took this information, along with some of the other heavy rumors currently floating out there, compiled it in one gigantic list, and covered his/her’s ass by proclaiming a few may be wrong. If that’s the case, then the lineup isn’t necessarily fake, it’s more like a what we know. Then again, it could be the real McCoy, or completely fake.
So the answer?
We’ll find out April 21st…
…or sooner. Let’s hope that leaky faucet hasn’t been fixed quite yet.