RNR News and Notes

Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has been gold standard for music festivals (ok – maybe not in 2004 when it was cancelled or 1998-2002 when it was on hiatus).   Over the past twenty years, the festival’s curators have put together line-ups that have been stellar to the point of incredible … and not just the headliners, many others acts who play the side stages have ended up showing back up as headliners in following years. We’ve gone back and reviewed every lineup and ranked them from best to worst: 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

23.) 2004

 

This tour was cancelled due to low ticket sales ... not sure why - I guess the lineup was a little ahead of its time ... 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

22.) 1997 

 

This year's lineup was the most lackluster out of all the years . 

Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Korn, Julian and Damien Marley, James

Supporting Acts(SA): Beck, a bright spot -  appeared on the side stage

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

21.) 1993

 

I had to use all the headliners on this one, enough said.

 

Headliners: Alice in Chains, Primus, George Clinton, Rage Against the Machine

SA: Tool

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

20.) 1995

 

Another year with only a couple of really notable, great acts.

 

Headlining: Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill, Beck, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

SA: Patti Smith, Moby

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

19.) 2003 - 

 

Kings of Leon are the only side act that really sticks out.

 

Headlining: Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age

SA: Kings of Leon

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

18.) 1994 

 

Headlining: The Smashing Pumpkins, The Beastie Boys, Greenday

SA: Flaming Lips, The Verve, The Black Crowes

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

17.) 1996

 

Headlining: Metallica, Soundgarden, Ramones

SA: Rage Against the Machine, The Violent Femmes, 311

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

16.) 1991

 

Lollapalooza’s first year and they had four incredible artist to start it off with and one of the most outrageous band names of all time.  I am going to let you figure out the band I am referring to.

 

Headlining:  Jane’s Addiction, Violent Femmes, Ice T, Nine Inch Nails and The Butthole Surfers.

 

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15.)  2006

 

Headliners:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Death Cab for Cutie, The Raconteurs, The Flaming Lips, Wilco.

SA:  Sonic Youth, The Shins, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Queens of the Stone Age.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

14.)  2011

 

Headliners:  Foo Fighters, Muse, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket.

SA:  Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

13.). 2014

 

There were a good amount of side acts that could’ve been headliners and that is why it is number eleven.

 

Headlines:  Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys

SA:  Lorde, Spoon, Foster the People, Avett Brothers, Broken Bells, Cage the Elephant

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

12.) 2005

 

Headliners:  Weezer, Pixies, The Killers

SA:  Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Black Keys, Billy Idol

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

11.) 2013

 

Headliners:  Mumford and Sons, The Killers, The Cure, Phoenix.

SA:  Vampire Weekend, The National, Lana Del Rey, Alt-J, Grizzly Bear.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

10.) 2009

 

Headliners:  Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction.

SA:  The Decemberists, Animal Collective, The Arctic Monkeys, Dan Auerbach, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

9.) 2012 - 

 

Headliners:  The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Black Sabbath.

SA:  Franz Ferdinand, Florence and the Machine, The Shins, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

8.) 2010 -There could have been three more headliners that were considered side acts, especially Mumford and Sons who exploded soon after.

 

Headliners:  Sound Garden, The Strokes, Green Day, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, MGMT, The Black Keys.

SA:  Dawes, Mumford and Sons, Spoon, The National, Deer Tick, Slightly Stoopid, New Pornographers.

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

7.) 2008

Headliners:  Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco

SA:  The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys, The National, Blues Traveler, The Kills

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

6.) 2016

 

Headliners:  Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers

SA:  Lana Del Rey, Jane’s Addiction, M83, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, Leon Bridges, Griz, Nathaniel Ratlief and the Night Sweats, St. Motel, Strumbellas.

 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

5.) 2018

 

Headliners:  Jack White, The Arctic Monkeys

SA:  The National, Vampire Weekend, Odesza, Portugal. The Man, St. Vincent, Greta Van Fleet, Manchester Orchestra, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Borns

 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

4.) 2007

 

Headliners:  Pearl Jam, Daft Punk, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges

SA:  Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Patti Smith, Kings of Leon, Spoon, Pete Yorn, The Fratellis, Cold War Kids.

 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

3.) 2015

Headliners:  Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine

SA:  Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Moon Taxi, Borns.

 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

2.) 2017

Headliners:  The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire.

SA:  The XX, Lorde, Blink-182, Alt-J, Cage the Elephant, The Head and the Heart, Foster the People, The Shins, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, Phantogram, Spoon, Milky Chance, Vance Joy, George Ezra, Rag N’ Bone Man, Maggie Rogers.

 

 

Soure: Lollapalooza

 

1.) 1992

Here it is, my number one choice.  Firstly, in its second year as a festival, Lollapalooza had the most famous headliners in all of America and their supporting acts were almost just as liked.  If it wasn’t for the tour in 1992 and it going so well, Lollapalooza may never have been the powerhouse it is today.

Headliners:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, Pearl Jame, Lush.

SA: Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Temple of the Dog..

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to comment and give your opinion on how you feel about it and if you would change anything.