Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell stoked Black Sabbath heads up this year’s lineup
As reported yesterday, the folks at Lollapalooza 2012 made their big festival announce this week, and this year’s lineup includes the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, the Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and the recently reunited black Sabbath. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Jane’s Addiction singer and Lollapalooza festival founder Perry Farrell says he’s beyond stoked to have a signature band like Black Sabbath on this year’s bill.
“When you think about Black Sabbath, the first thing that you think of is heavy metal,” Farrell said. “They created the genre. There’s miles of groups that have, I don’t want to say emulated, but learned from and tried to create their own music that was as heavy as Black Sabbath.”
Farrell also explained that Black Sabbath’s booking for the festival was almost cancelled when guitar great Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer. But, thankfully, Iommi should be able to make the gig. “Every festival in the world wanted Black Sabbath to perform but at the time of the announcement, they had to back off and cancel all their shows,” Farrell said. “But the good news is that Tony Iommi, I understand, is beating his cancer. So much so that their manager, Sharon Osbourne, responded back and said that they would take our offer to perform and I believe it’s the only American performance for the original members of Black Sabbath.”
Lollapalooza is set to rock Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3 through 5. This is the festival’s eighth consecutive year. For information on how to purchase tickets and to view the complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.
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