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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Flopapalooza - Lollapalooza Canceled; Alt-Rock Tour Organizers Cite Low Ticket Sales

Lollapalooza's troubles might have more to do with musical trends than the health of the concert industry, says promoter Seth Hurwitz, who had booked the now-canceled show at Merriweather.

"It's genuinely an alternative-music problem," Hurwitz says. "The audience for true alternative rock just isn't that big anymore. Lollapalooza was big in the early '90s, when the scene was exploding, when you had bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and it was something new and truly alternative. Now you turn on the TV and everyone is pierced. I saw 'Shrek 2' the other day, and there's scene in it where one of the characters crowd-surfs."

I went to several Lollapalooza shows; my favorite by far was the show in Newport that featured Metallica, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, and one of the last tours that featured the Ramones. The next year at Starwood, I witnessed Prodigy and Tool, among others. These were good shows, and they were good when the genre of music was good.

These days, it really sucks. It's too mainstream. It's too depressing, really... although I didn't really find comfort listening to RATM, I must admit.

The biggest irony of all is that now that I have matured, started a family, and moved northward, I listen mainly to country music. Go figure.


.: posted by Dave 11:15 PM

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