Lollapalooza 2013 would have been awesome in 2005

by Patrick Maloney


Unlike this year’s Soundset festival, it looks like this year’s Lollapalooza is a winner. The bands aren't really "fresh," though; most of the bigger names haven't had a commercial success since the early 2000's. The bigger names, like last year’s headliner, Red Hot Chili Peppers, are iconic enough to be worth it, even though the band members are now in their fifties. Outside of those exceptions, however, it looks like Lolla is a little behind the times. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s line-up.

The Cure

Peaked: 1989

My dad listened to this band. I think that says enough.

The Killers

Peaked: 2005

Remember “Mr. Brightside”? It was awhile ago, but the Killers used to be a hot fuss across both the mainstream and indie camps. When it came time for their second release, “Sam’s Town”, the lead singer proclaimed it as “one of the best albums of the last twenty years”. It wasn’t. After that, the band went from being a hot fuss to a cold, dead corpse.

Nine Inch Nails:

Peaked: 1994

NIN’s mid-nineties release, "The Downward Spiral", went quadruple platinum. The next album went double platinum. The next one went gold. The three after that failed to even reach gold. Here we are, almost twenty years after the decline began, and the band’s latest release was five years ago and sold under 100,000 copies. Downward spiral, indeed.

The Postal Service

Peaked: 2003

This band only put out one album. It was a good one, but it was ten years ago. The band is celebrating the anniversary by playing some shows, but has said they have no plans to release another record. If they're just going to ride on the success of the same dozen songs, it might be time for the Postal Service to just give up.

Well, at least Mumford & Sons is playing.