Perry, Pepe and the full Lollapalooza lineup for 2008

Though he has always positioned himself as a futurist, Perry Farrell, founder and designated figurehead for the reinvented Lollapalooza in Grant Park, really hasn’t grokked how this much-ballyhooed Inter-Web thang has rendered irrelevant anyone’s attempts to carefully manage and market the news — not that those ever made much difference to reporters of any era who came by a scoop fair and square.

Upset by the story about the headliners and other bands on this blog and in the Sun-Times Thursday night and Friday morning, Farrell lashed out in an interview with and branded this reporter “a stinker… a skunk… Pepe LePew.”

All I have to say about that is: 1.) If you’re feeling chatty, Perry, I’m still waiting for your response to my open letter last year suggesting ways Lollapalooza could improve its relations with the Chicago music scene and make its ubiquitous corporate sponsorships slightly less obnoxious, and 2.) Wasn’t Pepe the one who always got the girls? What the heck is wrong with that?

The full lineup of bands for Lollapalooza 2008 follows the jump. So let the commentary continue: How good a job did promoters C3 Present do in year four? I am eager to hear your thoughts.


Rage Against the Machine

Nine Inch Nails

Kanye West


The Raconteurs

Louis XIV

Love and Rockets

Gnarls Barkley

Bloc Party

The Black Keys

Broken Social Scene

Lupe Fiasco

Flogging Molly

Mark Ronson

Cat Power

The National

G. Love & Special Sauce

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Explosions in the Sky

Brand New

Gogol Bordello

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Dierks Bentley

Okkervil River

Amadou & Mariam

Blues Traveler

John Butler Trio

Girl Talk

Your Vegas


Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves


Steel Train

Jamie Lidell

Bang Camaro

Butch Walker

The Blakes

Mates of State

Tally Hall

Spank Rock

White Lies

Brazilian Girls

Magic Wands


Electric Touch



The Kills

The Postelles

Rogue Wave

The Parlor Mob

The Go! Team

Bald Eagle

Mason Jennings


The Gutter Twins

Ha Ha Tonka



Grizzly Bear

We Go To 11


Sofia Talvik

The Weakerthans

Booka Shade


Black Kids

Black Lips

Dr. Dog

Nicole Atkins & the Sea

The Ting Tings

Kid Sister


The Cool Kids

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

The Whigs

Manchester Orchestra



The Octopus Project

Cadence Weapon


De Novo Dahl

Noah and the Whale

Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos


Serena Ryder

Newton Faulkner

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