It’s safe to say Lollapalooza didn’t have people like me in mind when choosing its headliners.
There is no hip-hop headliner like there was in 2008 (Kanye West) and 2011 (Eminem). Also, I’m too young to care that the three-day music festival will feature a reunited metal band (Black Sabbath) and I’m too old to care that this year’s Lollapalooza will feature two dance-music headliners for the first time (Avicii and Justice).
That leaves me with a band I haven’t cared about since college (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) and two acts I haven’t cared about since, well, ever (Jack White and The Black Keys).
Yes, I know it’s cool to like the Black Keys. But I just took a week off from work to travel to Miami for Wrestlemania. Do you think I care about what’s cool? And yes, I’m well aware that it’s residents like me who are ruining Wicker Park. The smokers in front of Easy Bar have already pointed this out to me.
On the bright side, I am looking forward to seeing Lolla acts Bloc Party, Childish Gambino, The Temper Trap, Metric, Empires and Passion Pit and one song from M83 and Calvin Harris. I’m sure I’ll also find a new band to like, which is what happened in 2007 (Kings of Leon) and 2010 (Metric). And besides, just because you really like a band doesn’t mean you’ll automatically like their show at Lollapalooza.
I’m looking at you Coldplay…
Heads up: Further proof how much Ravinia Festival has changed since I was a kid: Singer/actress Demi Lovato will perform at Ravinia August 4. … “Die Hard With A Vengeance” actor Jeremy Irons hosts “The British Are Coming” benefit for WTTW/WFMT at Harris Theatre May 9. … Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil will perform at Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville April 27. … Past and present NFL players, including the Indianapolis Colts' Tom Zbikowski are teaching fitness classes at Equinox. Click here for the schedule and to sign up.
Sightings: I don't normally touch out of town sightings, but seeing how they're Chicago celebrities I'll make an exception: TMZ has video of actress Jenny McCarthy and the Bears' Brian Urlacher leaving Mastro's Steakhouse together in Beverly Hills. ... Actor Bill Murray had dinner at Tocco in Wicker Park the night before throwing out the first pitch at the Cubs season opener at Wrigleu Field. … “Something Borrowed” actor Colin Egglesfield dined at Quay Restaurant & Bar Saturday. … “Boss” co-stars Nicole Forester and Jeff Hephner had lunch at 25 Degrees April 4. … Former “Shield” actor Anthony Anderson partied at The Underground Saturday. … ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter dined at Hub 51 Monday. … The New York Knicks’ Jared Jeffries and Landry Fields dined at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap Monday. … The Bears’ Devin Hester hung out with teammates Saturday at Paris Club’s upstairs lounge, Studio Paris. … Following their team’s win over the Boston Celtics Thursday, the Bulls’ Omer Asik dined at RPM Italian while teammate Kyle Korver opted for Hub 51. The Celtics’ Paul Pierce was spotted at Hub’s downstairs club, Sub 51, that night. … The Washington Nationals’ Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady ordereded steaks at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North Saturday. Nady and teammates Jayson Werth and Brad Lidge dined at Joe’s Stone Crab April 4. … Fire head coach Frank Klopas and midfielder Sebastian Grazzini attended Ketel One Vodka’s Chicago’s Modern Hispanic Gentlemen Series at The Bedford Tuesday.