- Colette Simonot
Annual North American music festival. Lollapalooza was created by Perry Farrell, who aimed to assemble a musical roadshow in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band, Jane’s Addiction. Although Lollapalooza was closely tied to alternative music, from the beginning the festival featured a variety of genres, including punk, hip hop, and heavy metal. The 1991 headliners included Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as comedy and circus acts. Lollapalooza also hosted a craft fair and provided a platform for political and environmental groups. The festival exposed audiences to artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Green Day. In 1992, a second stage was added for local and up-and-coming acts and a third was added in 1996. By the late 1990s, alternative rock was on the decline and Lollapalooza along with it. Farrell bowed out in 1996, while audiences grew disenchanted with the high prices of tickets, food, and water. Lollapalooza ...