Lineup for the upcoming Lollapalooza music festival has been officially announced. Newly-reunited Black Sabbath, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Roc Nation rising star J. Cole have been confirmed to cater the crowd gathering at Chicago's Grant Park later this summer, on August 3 - 5.
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward were initially tapped for Coachella this coming weekend, but they pulled out of the gig after Tony was diagnosed with lymphoma. Once Tony completed his treatment, the band's manager Sharon Osbourne reached out to Lollapalooza organizers to accept their offer, much to Perry Farrell's delight.
"Every festival in the world wanted Black Sabbath to perform, but at the time of the announcement they had to back off and cancel all their shows," he told Rolling Stone. "It broke my heart, but I just kind of kept a little fire building, a little kindling going to see if possibly we could get Black Sabbath. I didn't have much faith."
The founder of Lollapalooza, who's also Jane's Addiction's frontman, continued sharing his thoughts about the legendary rock band, and revealed that securing them as one of the headliners was like dream come true. "They mean so much to me, and they mean so much to music in general, that I kind of feel like I'm dreaming to know that Black Sabbath is actually gonna perform at Lollapalooza," he gushed.
The other musical guests at the gig included Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Avicii, At The Drive-In, Justice, Miike Snow and The Weeknd who are also lined up for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Joining them in the performer bill are the likes of Jack White, Fun., Wale, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, The Shins and Die Antwoord.
Commenting on the diversity of the lineup, Perry said, "What you have is three to four generations - maybe five generations of people, counting Kidsapalooza - that are all going to a place in peace, to experience music and learn to like and understand and love each other. And this is one place where I can say the generation gap doesn't exist."