After yesterday’s love-fest anniversary celebration I’m ready to get back to business. The announcement of the lineup of this years Lollapalooza festival has drawn some criticism, mostly directed at the weak headliners. I tend to agree with that. The only headliner I would pay to see is Jack White, and he’s not worth $230 unless Meg shows up and they play the entire White Stripes catalog start to finish. Red Hot Chili Peppers would have been a great number one headliner ten years or so ago. Even today, if they still had Frusciante. Now it’s just weird. They haven’t put out a decent album since Californication, and for a great record you have to go all the way back to Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Black Sabbath? Really? Admittedly, they’ve never been great in my mind, but at this point Ozzy can barely stand up, Iommi is coming off chemo treatments, and they haven’t put out anything worth listening to since the 70’s.
I could complain more about some issues with the level of EDM near the top of the list, but whatever. The reason I love Lolla has very little to do with what happens at Grant Park. Rather, it’s the after shows that occur around the city that really get me going. For $20 you generally get to see two really great bands in a more intimate setting. If you prefer being surrounded by 60,000 drunk morons, more power to you. I feel more comfortable when the drunk moron populace can’t get over a few hundred. Last year we went to Schubas two nights and saw Tennis, Smith Westerns, The Vaccines, and Bare Mutants (well three outta four ain’t bad).
The actual announcement for after shows doesn’t happen for another couple months, I think. That doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to speculate and dream. These listings are in now way a reflection of what will actually happen, just what I would like to see.
I think Schubas after shows would look something like this:
Over at Lincoln Hall
The Empty Bottle would get
House Of Blues
I grant you, some of these don’t make much sense. They’re just things that I would like to see. Not so much the untz music that I listed here, but most of the rock shows would be in my wheelhouse. Hopefully no more than three of these actually happen. If I have to choose between any of them I might go insane.
What do you think? Any pairings you’d like to see happen? We have plenty of time to talk about it, so feel free to comment below.