Oh. My. God. Lollapalooza 2008 is going to rock

The ghosts of Chicago continue to haunt me.

And now, I guess I’m heading back to my old haunts.


Lollapalooza 2008 is shaping up, musically at least, to be the best lineup of the reincarnated summer concert festival, and despite my early indications leaning against a return trip, I’m in, baby.


In 2006, the lineup was fantastic, but as a Lolla-virgin, I had no idea how to manage my time to see as many bands as possible. Plus, some torn cartilage in my left knee slowed me down, forcing me to miss a few good sets.


In 2007, the lineup appeared a little less stellar, but Katie and I caught several fantastic acts, becoming fans of people we hadn’t heard before, and the music lifted our spirits in a summer that otherwise was beyond rocky. It’s a trip I think we’ll both recall with great fondness, and not only because of Excelsior’s wings and pizza.


The 2008 lineup, though, tops them all.


Wilco, the world’s great band not named E Street, is playing in their hometown, and that alone would almost be enough to make me visit Grant Park Aug. 1-3. Throw in Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine (to be honest, I’m scared of being anywhere near this one), Kanye West, The Raconteurs and The Black Keys, well, the music simply blows me away.


Frankly, I’m more than a bit concerned about how the schedule will play out because this lineup means more than a few bands will be playing opposite each other, leaving Cory and I (and anyone else who decides to join us) facing tough decisions.


But we’ll cross that bridge in June when the schedule is unveiled. In the meantime, here’s to rock and/or roll. Lollapalooza 2008, it’s on.


The complete lineup:

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 So’s
Serena Ryder
Newton Faulkner

And I’m also assuming (hoping? praying?) the legendary Beatle Bob will be there, dancing himself into a fit.


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