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Luxuriating in the Lollapalooza VIP lounge: Enjoy Lady Gaga and Green Day, then get a 'mini-spa treatment'

Ladygaga Will the kids call it Lollapagaga?

Perry Farrell's long-running alternative music festival Lollapalooza announced Wednesday morning which bands would rock Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 6-8. Headliners ranged from alt-pop rockers Green Day to top 40 dance phenom Lady Gaga.

Other acts include Soundgarden (who will reunite for the first time since 1997), Arcade Fire, Devo, Cypress Hill, The Strokes, Wolfmother, Gogol Bordello, Drive By Truckers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Jimmy Cliff, Spoon, The New Pornographers, The xx, AFI, Erykah Badu, Metric, Blitzen Trapper, Grizzly Bear, Minus the Bear,Yeasayer, and dozens more.

The three-day traveling festival originated in 1991 and had a strong run through '97. In 2003 Farrell resurrected the tour for an additional year. In 2004 there was no concert or tour, but in '05 Farrell and his partners settled in on hosting a two-day festival in Chicago's Grant Park. The popularity of the Chicago event turned Lollapalooza into a three-day affair in 2006, which it has maintained ever since. 

Much like our local Coachella and Tennesse's Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza often draws the biggest names in alternative and pop music -- sometimes some of the same artists play all three festivals. Jay-Z, for example, will headline both Coachella and Bonnaroo. 

Individual tickets for Lollapalooza have sold out, but three-day passes are still available for $215.

Much like Coachella, Lollapalooza has a VIP section (called the Lolla Lounge Pass) for several hundred dollars more. While Coachella's VIP option will set you back a little over $600 ($269 for the 3-day ticket, plus $339 for the VIP upgrade), if you want to rock the Lolla Lounge Pass, get ready to lay out $850.

On top of the air-conditioned restrooms, shaded seats with better sight-lines than Coachella offers its premium concert-goers, Lollapalooza seems to be offering three days of free beer, wine, catered food and even "mini-spa treatments" for all of those hundreds of dollars.

Things have sure come a long way since Jane's Addiction headlined Lollapalooza in 1991 at Irvine Meadows for $25.

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Lady Gaga performs at the amfAR New York Gala, co-sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics, to kick off Fall 2010 Fashion Week at Cipriani 42nd Street on Feb. 10 in New York City. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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"Individual tickets for Lollapalooza have sold out, but three-day passes are still available for $215."

Hmm. I'd ask the rhetorical question "Hey Coachella organizers, are you hearing this?" but of course we know they are not.

When the first Lollapalooza festival occurred in '91 it was cheap, innovative, and offered listeners of various kinds of music a chance to be exposed to new sounds, or if you already had been, to enjoy an eclectic array of artists you already enjoy. Today's version, as well as Coachella and the other corporate monster rock festivals have almost nothing to do with that original spirit. It's basically a 'cultural corral' where the few surviving monster rock acts can be herded into a musical zoo with a slew of lesser-known groups to be gawked at from a luxury pavilion by celebrities with air-conditioners, masseuses and mojitos while the 'plebian' fans rough it in the dirt and spend three months salary on what ends up being tickets, parking and barely enough water and food to survive the event. And to add insult to injury, they give the headline spot to a rapper that the masses like to interpret as having some kind of credibility or an important place in music history, when he's nothing more than a ghetto Justin Timberlake... nothing more than a media tool and the product of a hype machine.

The best two acts for this show are Minus the Bear and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I saw Minus the Bear recently in Las Vegas at The House of Blues. They were amazing. I'm planning on seeing Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros at http://www.thecrownvegas.com on July 3. I love their sound and they have quickly become one of my favorite bands. I'm also high on Erykah Badu being at this because I have always liked her style and she has always given great live performances.


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