By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 12, 2009 5:00PM
People keep asking us who we think will play this year's Lollapalooza so let's throw a few names out there as predictions. We would like to emphasize that these are predictions! We have no inside knowledge of any sort -- these thoughts are purely speculative.
Anyway, we are almost positive Jane's Addiction will headline with their original line-up. They've already played a few small shows in L.A. and long-estranged original bassist Eric Avery looked to be having a blast, so it seems obvious that they will want to celebrate with one HUGE show. What would make more sense than for the four men who headlined thee original Lollapalooza to return to the festival's stage.
We also wouldn't be surprised if The Smashing Pumpkins headlined a night. Billy Corgan would take it as some sort of validation by the current musical climate and it would serve to deliver the band a massive crowd in their hometown.
And there's one band we're really hoping plays this year, and that's Blur with Graham Coxon in the line-up. Since they're playing those two Hyde Park (London, not Chicago) gigs (and another Manchester show that goes on sale tomorrow) we think it's a definite probability, and while we can't see the band wanting to do a longer tour in mid-size venues we can totally see them playing a few U.S. festival dates.
UPDATE: And how could we forget Pavement?
So those are just three predictions to get the conversation started ... who do you think is going to play? (And who would you LOVE to see play?)
Jane's Addiciton photo from their MySpace page