Speculation has been rampant for several weeks now about who the headliners might be for Lollapalooza 2009, coming to Grant Park for the fifth time Aug. 7-9.
Chicagoist started the ball rolling a few weeks ago by taking some well-educated guesses based on the obvious holes in the big summer concert tours around Lolla weekend. Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune gives it a little more spin today, citing "multiple sources inside the industry." The promoters, per usual, are declining to comment until their official press release, whenever that might be.
As news goes, the three names so far are hardly stop-the-presses in terms of excitement. They are the cash-in nostalgia act Jane's Addiction (this would be the third reunion go-round by my count, none as satisfying as the first time; don't forget the dreadful 2003 comeback album "Strays"); '80s synth-pop/mope-rock heroes Depeche Mode (gearing up for the release of a new album called "Sounds of the Universe") and the Beastie Boys (who are celebrating the 20th anniversary reissue of the classic "Paul's Boutique," but don't bet on them playing that album at Lolla; they have a new disc called "Tadlock's Glasses" that they'll be promoting).
Come on now, Chicago: Are you ready to rock it again like we did in the Reagan era? Whoo-hoo!
UPDATE: Billboard is reporting a fourth headliner on the Lolla bill: country-rockers the Kings of Leon. And so the time warp continues!