I I n order to appreciate what Lollapalooza perfected, it’s important to know all the ways previous festivals sputtered. Woodstock is remembered as “magical” because people repressed the memory that there was an 8,000-to-1 ratio of people to toilets. In 1982, Steve Jobs was flush with new Apple money and held the “Us” Festival. He tried to make it the social/musical/technological event of a lifetime, but instead he lost $12 million -- twice. And super-charity concerts like Live Aid and Farm Aid were fantastic ways for artists to support great causes -- but that meant that the telethon-style requests came first, and music always came second.
But 25 years ago, when Nielsen’s Soundscan’s “automated sales numbers” replaced the old “slightly biased sales clerks” indicator, heavy metal’s castrato grip on the music industry was loosened and the charts were up for grabs. Suddenly all sorts of new genres got noticed, got airtime, and seemed ripe for something big. That bigness came when Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction thought it was perfectly (un)natural to add a rainbow of genres to their own farewell tour. Now, a quarter-century later, the idea is still so good that you’ve bought a ticket and are getting ready to enjoy it yourself. Lucky you!
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