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Perry Farrell was not a fan of Metallica playing Lollapalooza in 1996

Posted by on May 22, 2015

Metallica are making a return to this year’s Lollapalooza, their first time back since 1996 when Lollapalooza was actually a tour. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lollapalooza founder (and Jane’s Addiction vocalist) Perry Farrell admits he wasn’t much a fan of Metallica.

Said Farrell:

“I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza. I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bullshit rock music. Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn’t my thing. I was into alternative and punk and underground. My friends were Henry Rollins and Gibby Haynes and Ice-T.”

Nearly 20 years later Farrell admits a change of heart.

“[Metallica was] not the first group that I didn’t want to play Lollapalooza, because I have an obligation to my patrons. I’m all about genuine, authentic, heartfelt, the real deal,” he says. “So I was not sure about Metallica back in those days. It’s my fucking party and I’ll have who I want.” Now he says, “I like their music.”

Metallica will be co-headlining Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago’s Grant Park with Sir Paul McCartney at Chicago’s Grant Park. Metallica headlines on Saturday, August 1st, with one day tickets costing $110.

(via Rolling Stone)

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