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Lollapalooza 2012 bridges the generation gap

Brittney Elkins

Lollapalooza Chile 2011

Seasoned veterans Black Sabbath represent metal, while 22 year-old Avicii brings the dance

Lollapalooza drew 270,000 music fans to Chicago’s Grant Park last year to see performances by Eminem, Coldplay, Foster the People, Grace Potter, and more than 100 others.

Lollapalooza announced the 2012 lineup this week, and the group of 120 bands features yet another interesting mix of mainstream, indie, and electronic artists. This year’s Lollapalooza headliners are The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys and Florence + The Machine.

Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell announced the lineup on Wednesday.

“Every year it’s kind of a nail biter putting a lineup together,” Farrell said, “There were moments when I looked at it and I was beside myself. I didn’t know what to do.”

“You are trying to balance a lot of things. Balance economics, there’s budget how much we can afford for talent. You’re trying to balance that with who’s available.”

This year’s Lollapalooza lineup will bring electronic dance music to the main stage. A genre that’s typically restricted to the side stages, electronic dance artist Deadmau5 headlined opposite Foo Fighters for the Sunday night finale in 2011. This year, dance artists Justice and Avicii will headline at Lollapalooza.

A lot of people have called the 2012 lineup a “letdown,” but Perry Farrell appears to be proud of the group of 120 bands and artists descending on Grant Park this August.

Perry Farrell told Rolling Stone, “What you have is three to four generations—maybe five generations of people, counting Kidsapalooza—that are all going to a place in peace, to experience music and learn to like and understand and love each other. And this is one place where I can say the generation gap doesn’t exist.

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