This blog’s an effin’ week late. I couldn’t effin’ perform the simple effin’ task of hitting the effin’ “publish” button because I have been effin’ reeling from effin’ sensory overload. Why? I went to effin’ Lollapalooza, that’s why.
You have no effin’ idea, right? We’ll effin’ check in with Wiki for a spot-on definition:
|Location(s)||Touring (1991–1997, 2003) Grant Park, Chicago (2005–Present) O’Higgins Park, Santiago, Chile (2011–Present) Jockey Club, São Paulo, Brazil Yarkon Park, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2013)|
|Most recent||August 3-5 (Chicago, Il) April 7-8, 2012 (São Paulo, Brazil) March 31 – April 1, 2012 (Santiago)|
Lollapalooza /ˌlɒləpəˈluːzə/ is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups.
Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997, and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, but poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be cancelled. In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered up with Austin, Texas-based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now C3 Presents) and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. In 2010 it was announced that Lollapalooza would debut overseas, with a branch of the festival staged in Chile‘s capital Santiago on April 2–3, 2011 where they partnered up with Santiago-based company Lotus. In 2011, the company Geo Events confirmed the Brazilian version of the event, which was held at the Jockey Club in São Paulo on 7 and 8 April 2012.
The music festival hosts more than 160,000 people over a three day period. Lollapalooza has featured a diverse range of bands and has helped expose and popularize artists such as Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, Depeche Mode, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Primus, The Killers, Rage Against the Machine, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, X Japan, Audioslave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Alice in Chains, Björk, MGMT, Foster the People, Tool, Hole, Body Count, Ice-T, Queens of the Stone Age, The Drums, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Thenewno2, Fishbone, Butthole Surfers and Lady Gaga.
INK SLINGER TRANSLATION: While the effin’ bands were effin’ amazing. . .it was an effin’ blindingly colorful crowd, and I’m still effin’ recovering. What I learned about the effin’ future leaders of this effin’ country? They effin’ believe: If it’s part of your effin’ body, effin’ pierce it. If you need to make a statement, effin’ ink it. And if you don’t have a vocabulary, the “F” bomb will suffice any time.
I heard more “F” bombs that weekend that EVEN I WAS EFFIN’ OFFENDED. And while I am effin’ thrilled that I saw Florence and The Machine and effin’ The Red Hot Chili Peppers L I V E — EFF, YEAH, BABY — I’m still recovering from college kids proudly displaying yesterday’s mud-soaked bodies on Sunday (the rain was on Saturday, guys), piercings, purple hair and ink, and using FUCK, FUCKED AND FUCKING IN PLACE OF EVERY NOUN, VERB, ADVERB, PROPER NOUN as if there is no other word in the dictionary.
I’m hard to offend. I work in the legal industry. And even I was offended. So I’m effin’ busy re-tooling my vocabulary to eradicate the “F” bomb. As soon as I’ve worked that out, you’ll get new blog. (Probably tomorrow. I feel a fit coming on.)