Lollapalooza '93: so good, so far away

June 03, 1993|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic

Stretching the definition of "local," it was announced yesterday that the "only area appearance" of Lollapalooza '93 will be July 20 at the Charles Town Races on Route 340 in Charles Town, W.Va. Previous Lollapalooza tours have played at Lake Fairfax in Fairfax, Va., but officials there refused to allow the tour back this year, citing traffic and noise problems.

Alternative rockers Primus will headline, with Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Tool and RageAgainst the Machine rounding out the bill. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, and will be available through Ticketmaster, (410) 481-SEAT.

Since its inception in 1991, the Lollapalooza's touring festival approach -- which combines underground and alternative rock with a smorgasbord of non-musical countercultural attractions -- has been acclaimed as a commercial phenomenon, drawing more fans and making more money than many superstar tours. In addition to the main acts, this year's tour will feature a second stage showcasing lesser-known acts (Cell and Mosquito are the Charles Town offerings), as well as an expanded version of "the Village," as the food-arts-and-politics area is known.

Although Charles Town is well off the Baltimore/Washington corridor (the raceway is approximately 90 minutes from downtown Baltimore), most locations on this year's itinerary are some distance from the nearest major metropolitan area. New Yorkers, for example, will have to trek to Waterloo Village at least an hour away in Stanhope, N.J. And not every city gets a visit from the tour; Lollapalooza skipped Philadelphia in '91 and '92, and has yet to announce a '93 date.

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