Thursday, June 24, 2004

Department of Maybe the Kids Aren't Really Alright After All

Or maybe everyone's just too busy listening to their iPods. Whatever the reason, this year's edition of the Lollapalooza Tour has been canceled due to poor ticket sales.

It isn't New Yorkers' fault, at least. Tickets for the two shows scheduled for Randalls Island, where the Pixies were slated to play, sold well enough.

Marc Geiger, of the William Morris Agency, who founded the tour in 1991 with Perry Ferrell of Jane's Addiction, blamed slow sales on a slow concert season in general this summer. But Seth Hurwitz, an independent promoter from Washington, DC, said that younger acts were doing well and the problem was the age of the acts in the Lollapalooza lineup.

PJ Harvey, Morrissey, Wilco, Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, and the Pixies, to listen to Hurwitz, have been relegated to the crowded dustbin of rock history.