Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell is betting that his reunion with this year's tour and its return to major markets will revive the saggy multimedia pop festival, which visits Lakewood Amphitheatre on June 27.
General admission tickets ($36.50) for the Atlanta stop go on sale at Ticketmaster outlets and by telephone at 10 a.m. Saturday (404-249-6400). Lollapalooza last played Atlanta in August 1995.Joining Farrell's art-rock group Porno for Pyros as headline acts here will be the techno group Orbital, metal-rocking Tool, controversial rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, trance-dancing Tricky, the tradition-mangling Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, high-volume rockers Korn, and reggae stalwarts Julian and Damian Marley & the Uprising Band. About a half-dozen emerging acts, including the eels and Summercamp, will play the secondary or plaza stage.
Farrell, reached this week during a surfing and music-writing stay on the South Pacific island of Western Samoa, and other organizers have targeted the environment and toxic waste as this year's concern for Lollapalooza's educational Greenhouse area. Other features will include a Brainforest area for art and music, a Temple tower devoted to pagan and tribal art, and an Agora food and crafts area.
This year's tour opens June 25 in West Palm Beach, Fla., before coming to Atlanta. Other stops include Charlotte on June 28, Raleigh on June 29, Washington on July 2 and Toronto on July 4, ending Aug. 17 and 18 in Los Angeles.
Farrell admits that the 7-year-old tour has lost momentum and blames himself for being "naive, lazy and somewhat ignorant" and losing control of what began as a thoroughly alternative event. Attendance last year was hurt by the decision to skip major markets.
"A month or two ago I would have said I was confused," Farrell said. "Now I'm in Samoa and I take a step back and look at the progress from the previous year, when we had Metallica, and I think that the momentum this year is much more where I'm coming from. It's all about harmony and things coming together . . . that's how you create peace."