Lollapalooza Announces 2012 Lineup


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Feelin’ a road trip this summer? Well, if you wanna see Black Sabbath this year (or maybe ever again), it looks like Lollapalooza is one of only two chances you’re going to get — and the only chance you have of seeing the heavy metal founding fathers stateside. The band aborted their planned 2012 reunion album and tour — re-billing slated dates as featuring “Ozzy and Friends” — after guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in January. However, Sabbath will still blacken the Download Festival — England’s heavy metal Bonnaroo — and, according to today’s Lollapalooza lineup announcement, Ozzy & Co. (but not friends) will master the realities of festivalgoers in Chicago’s Grant Park during the first weekend of August.

For progressive Midwestern metal heads, the band’s single stateside appearance will surely be the most momentous moment of triumph to transpire in the park since this happened. It’s a big fuckin’ deal, as Vice President Joe Biden would say.

Lollapalooza 2012 will also be a pretty big fuckin’ deal for locals like JEFF the Brotherhood, Chancellor Warhol, The Kopecky Family Band, Mona and Moon Taxi, each of whom will make their debut at the musical bacchanal that Perry Farrell built. And the festival’s undercard isn’t the only faction of its bill facing a Nashville infiltration. Jack White and The Black Keys will appear among a host of headliners including the Bonnaroo-bound Red Hot Chili Peppers, the aforementioned Black Sabbath, Bassnectar, Sigur Ros, Florence + the Machine and the reunited At the Drive-In — the Black Sabbath of post-hardcore, emolicious auditory bloodletting. On the local-ties tip, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes and The Sheepdogs are also 2012 Lolla-giggers.

Stateside one-offs by Black Sabbath and grotesque-core South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord (yup, they’re on the bill!) aside, this year’s Lolla lineup is mostly unremarkable, albeit good — boasting general summer festival fare like Franz Ferdinand, The Shins, Justice, White Rabbits, Washed Out, The Walkmen, The Weekend, Wale, The War on Drugs, Wax (As in THIS Wax?!), Santigold, SBTRKT, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Dum Dum Girls, ANAMANAGUCHI, Metric, Miike Snow, The Gaslight Anthem, LP, Twin Shadow, tUnE-yArDs, Trampled by Turtles, Toro y Moi, Bowerbirds, Bear in Heaven, The Black Angels, Bloc Party, Blind Pilot, First Aid Kit, Fun, Chairlift, Childish Gambino, Passion Pit, The Head and the Heart, Milo Greene, M83 and more. Peruse the lineup in full and purchase tickets at the festival’s official site.

And of note: Wasn’t Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest born in reaction to Perry Farrell & Associates denying The Prince of Darkness a slot on the Lollapalooza Tour in the ‘90s? Looks like Ozzy finally made the bill.

In honor of that, here's this:


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