So far, the acts rumored to be performing at this year's Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Aug. 7 to 9 have been less than thrilling: Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction and (the one standout) the Beastie Boys. But industry sources cornered at SXSW have added another exciting name to the list: Lou Reed.
The venerated godfather of punk has been performing his classic 1973 concept album "Berlin" in select cities, but he's yet to stop in Chicago. It's unclear whether he'll be playing that piece at Lollapalooza or a plain old Lou Reed set, but either way, it should be a treat.
Also said to be joining the roster, whenever Austin, TX-based promoters C3 Presents choose to announce it: alternative-country chanteuse and former Chicagoan Neko Case and the Windy City's devoted pop eccentric Andrew Bird.
Discounted "early bird" tickets for the festival go on sale on March 31. An earlier bacth of "souvenir tickets" were put on sale a few weeks ago, and they quickly sold out.
C3, which staged the Grant Park rally the night of President Obama's election as well as several events in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration, is also said to have been tapped to help stage this year's Easter egg hunt on the White House lawn. No word yet on whether Perry Farrell will take part.