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US music festival Lollapalooza has a similar standing in the UK to Glastonbury or the Mean Fiddler events. It is best known to UK audiences for appearing in at least one Simpsons episode (where Cypress Hill jam with a symphony orchestra). Due the reaganomic policies of the Bush administration Lollapalooza 2004 will not be going ahead this year.
The organisers wrote on their website “A MESSAGE FROM PERRY
To all my Fellow Artisans, Activists, and Feverish Supporters,
It is with heart gripped despair that I inform you of Lollapalooza’s disbandment for the summer of 2004. To say that you terribly miss something that never was born is somewhat odd, yet in this case, it is quite accurate.
I hope you can accept my apologies for not providing you with the summer that you had your hearts set on. I tried very hard to keep us on course; heading straight into the most ferocious musical storm in history. We were not able to continue; we were taking on huge financial losses.
And still, I want you to know that I fought for our lives into the final hour.
Please know that I value your talents and look forward to meeting you again – a little later on to re-discover ourselves as friends. If it makes you feel any better, I am in the same boat as most of you; “Only loaded with talent.” But with talent like ours, they can’t hold us down for long.
Upon reflection, I conclude there is a story here. It is the story of a musical community under the influence. No, silly, it’s not drugs. This is an influence far more damaging and threatening, as in: “They are threatening to sue us for damages.” My prayer is that we live to fight another day and walk together at the victory parade.
We hoped for comfort but we’ve never felt too safe. And in these hard times, we’ve had to navigate through. Unexhausted; is our virtue,
PS. I am still looking for a shining moment or two for us this summer. I hope you will receive me when I call.
LOLLAPALOOZA 2004 CANCELS ALL DATES
“You can imagine the dismay I share at this moment with the artists and musicians who were looking forward to the tour. Lollapalooza could no longer see fit to continue this year. Our plight is a true indication of the general health of the touring industry and it is across musical genres. Unexhausted is our virtue. We are taking Lollapalooza back and plan on rebuilding and recreating the festival in surroundings more conducive to the cultural experience we’ve become known for.”
– Perry Farrell”
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