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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza The yearly Lollapalooza event is a music festival. It offers a variety of popular alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, and hip hop bands as well as handmade craft items and comedy and dance performances. Additionally, Lollapalooza has created staging for political and non-profit groups. The festival has created significant exposure for many bands over the years from the Beastie Boys to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Smashing Pumpkins to Björk to Ice-T to Lady Gaga.

Perry Farrell, the lead singer of Jane's Addiction, came up with the original concept for Lollapalooza in 1991. He wanted to put together a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, and the idea quickly turned into an enormous touring musical event that provided music, community, and culture for Jane's fans around the world.

The 1991 festival included a mix of headlines from rap to post-punk such as Siouxsie and the Banshees to industrial music. One of the most notable aspects of this festival was the variety of non-musical features including the Shaolin monks and an alternative freak show entitled the Jim Rose Circus Side Show. The 1991 festivities also included exhibits with virtual reality games, handmade art, and environmental and political non-profit groups. These groups spread their visions of political awareness and counter-culture.

After the initial event, Lollapalooza had a six year run. It was brought back in 2003. During the hiatus from 1997 to 2003, the organization had tours throughout North America. In 2004, the Lollapalooza coordinators expanded the festival to a two day event in each city. However, mediocre ticket sales resulted in the entire event being cancelled that year. Perry Farrell teamed up with Capital Sports Entertainment and the William Morris Agency in 2005 to recreate the event. They came up with a lasting format that features a festival in Chicago, IL. It serves as a weekend destination for people from all around the country.

The three day Lollapalooza festival in Chicago continues to feature a diverse group of bands and musicians with over 160,000 people in attendance each year. Lollapalooza debuted its first overseas festival in April of 2011 in Santiago, the capital of Chile. The second overseas event took place in April of 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The term "lollapalooza" is also spelled and pronounced "lollapalootza" or "lallapaloosa." This terminology comes from an American colloquial expression from the late 19th or early 20th century that refers to an amazing or unique person, thing, or event. Eventually this term was also used to make reference to a big lollipop. Farrell took to the name after he heard it in a short film with the Three Stooges.