A little less than two months to go and the Lollapalooza lineup rumor mills are already firing up. Today, the “Chicago Tribune” announced that a reliable source confirmed the booking of Eminem, Muse and Foo Fighters for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. The festival, founded and presided over by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, is held annually in Chicago’s Grant Park. Traditionally, the full lineup is not announced until late March or early April but rumors fly well before then.
Last year, Lollapalooza organizers toyed with fans by announcing the lineup “Wheel of Fortune” style. The lineup was shown with blank boxes and each day another letter would be added to the puzzle. Fun was had by all when speculating which bands would fit into the slots.
This year I’m paying extra close attention to the lineup because I might be heading to Chicago for a pretty epic weekend in August. So, without further ado, my opinion on these three artists playing The Windy City’s biggest bash of the year:
Eminem: While I am not a rap fan, I do enjoy and respect Eminem. He is one of the three rappers that I don’t mind. The other two are Jay-Z and Kanye (respect for the music, not the attitude). However, Slim Shady is a great addition to this lineup after releasing two studio albums in two years along with “Refill,” a juiced up re-release of “Relapse.” Also, who knows what special guests you’ll find on the stage once he grabs the mic.
Muse: The excitement cannot be contained. I’ve seen the prog-rockers twice and it’s still not enough. Muse and frontman Matt Bellamy know what it means to be performing artists. They have everything: shredding guitar solos (which blew out the speakers when I saw them on Long Island), hair-raising vocals and one more thing…oh yes, the LAZERS. When one goes to a Muse show, they don’t pay for a concert. It’s a concert and a light show all rolled into one big ball of awesome. Nice choice, Mr. Farrell.
Foo Fighters: If anyone is really going to complain about the Foo Fighters being at Lollapalooza…well I don’t think that would happen so I’m not even going to go there. Rock legend Dave Grohl and the boys are coming out with a new LP in April as well as a documentary. Looks like 2011 is going to be a big year for them. Another reason why I’m excited for this act is because maybe Grohl will pull double duty and play with his supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, which consists of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).
It is also important to note that this is Lollapalooza’s 20th Anniversary and people are expecting a lot out of it. With these three headlining artists and another three headliners to go, I’d say they are well on their way.