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Lollapalooza 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Black Keys, reunited Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, more

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Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen main-stage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

In other words, the memo that leaked Monday was, amazingly, correct.

The annual music festival is scheduled Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Read the full Lollapalooza 2012 lineup below ...

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weekend, Bloc Party and more -- all bands which wound up on the bill.

Pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath has been courting reunion rumors for some time. All four original members -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward -- made an official announcement in November of new shows (mostly summer festivals) and new recordings. Ward has since dropped out.

At the Drive-In played a surprise show -- their first together in 11 years -- Monday night in Austin, Texas, home of Lollapalooza's producers, C3 Presents. The beloved El Paso rock band's reunion will be spotlighted at numerous festivals around the world this summer, including Coachella beginning this weekend outside of Los Angeles.

Some bands aren't reuniting but returning after a hiatus, such as Bloc Party, which has lain fallow for two years, and the Shins, back with a new record this spring, the first under that moniker since 2006.

A few of the top acts will provide déjà vu for local fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are booked for a Chicago-area show barely more than two months prior to Lollapalooza (May 28 at the Allstate Arena). The Black Keys just played the United Center in mid-March. Bassnectar has two shows this weekend at the Congress Theater. Elsewhere in the Lolla lineup, Childish Gambino, fun., and SBTRKT are in Chicago clubs within the next couple of weeks.

Bassnectar leads the Perry's stage, named for Lolla founder and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell. Last year, the humid rave tent was often the most engaging stage at the festival. This year's offerings stretch beyond the usual lone, headphoned DJ, including dance-pop singer Santigold, fusion electronic group Big Gigantic and dupstep duo Skream & Benga.

Despite higher prices, a first round of three-day passes to the festival sold out in late March at $200 each. For remaining passes, available through, the price jumps to $230.

That's $15 more than last year -- the result of a renegotiated deal between C3 Presents and the city. Last month, the Chicago Park District announced the extension of the festival through 2021 but with the deletion of the tax exemption the festival had previously enjoyed since relaunching in Chicago's downtown park in 2005.

Because of the extra outlay, a C3 spokesperson said ticket prices would jump. Last year's early-bird passes were $185 and regular passes $215.

Last weekend, Lollapalooza produced its first festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring the Foo Fighters, MGMT, Foster the People, Artic Monkeys and more. In 2011, the festival brand started an annual event in Satiago, Chile, as well.

Lollapalooza 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Back Keys
Black Sabbath
Jack White
Florence + the Machine
At the Drive-In
The Shins
Passion Pit
Sigur Ros
The Weekend
Miike Snow
The Afghan Whigs
Bloc Party
Franz Ferdinand
Frank Ocean
J. Cole
Childish Gambino
Delta Spirit
The Temper Trap
Die Antwoord
The Head & the Heart
The Big Pink
Twin Shadow
The Tallest Man on Earth
Toro y Moi
Dr. Dog
Of Monsters and Men
Gary Clark Jr.
Alabama Shakes
The Gaslight Anthem
Amadou & Mariam
Band of Skulls
Tame Impala
The Walkmen
JJ Grey & Mofro
Neon Indian
Dum Dum Girls
Washed Out
Aloe Blacc
Trampled by Turtles
Bear in Heaven
Blind Pilot
The Black Angels
Yellow Ostrich
Bombay Bicycle Club
Sharon Van Etten
White Rabbits
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Devil Makes Three
The War on Drugs
Michael Kiwanuka
O Rappa
Orchard Lounge
The Growlers
Hey Rosetta!
JEFF the Brotherhood
First Aid Kit
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Milo Greene
Los Jaivas
Kopecky Family Band
The Jezabels
Walk Off the Earth
Animal Kingdom
The Sheepdogs
The Dunwells
DJ Mel
Kevin Devine
Dry the River
Haley Reinhart
Imaginary Cities
DJ Zebo
Chancellor Warhol
Laura Warshauer
Red Oblivion

Perry's stage:
Calvin Harris
Knife Party
Zeds Dead
Big Gigantic
Skream & Benga
Little Dragon
Porter Robinson
Sub Focus
Paper Diamond
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Star Slinger
DJ Nihal
Kid Color

For those of you who feel like toasting this list, a Lollapalooza Announcement Party is scheduled from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight at the Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee. DJs include Hollywood Holt, Greg Corner, Matt Roan, Team Bayside High and Dani Deahl.

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