Nirvana still negotiating for Lollapalooza tour

January 13, 1994|By Boston Globe

Contrary to a report in USA Today Tuesday, Nirvana has not been confirmed as the headliner for this summer's Lollapalooza tour, the annual multi-band, cross-country, alternative-rock festival.

"There was misinformation leaked to USA," said Dennis Dennehy, a spokesman for the band's label, DGC. "There's talk of it happening," he said of Nirvana's playing the bill. "It's possible, but it is not confirmed."

The other acts cited by USA Today, Smashing Pumpkins and the Beastie Boys, are also in negotiations with Lollapalooza, but are not definite, sources said.

"We are in discussion, but the deal is not done," said Nirvana's manager, John Silva. The prime negotiating point, Mr. Silva suggested, is not so much money but ambience. "I didn't go to Lollapalooza last year," said Mr. Silva, "but there was a perception that last year's wasn't as much fun as it could have been or as much of an event as it could have been, and we are addressing those concerns. That takes time."

Mr. Silva added that some of those perceived problems included high-priced tickets, tour T-shirts and bottled water, as well as a poorly structured, overly commercialized "village." "That's all being addressed," he said.

Nirvana rejected the 1993 Lollapalooza tour, Mr. Silva said, primarily because of scheduling. If Nirvana did sign on to the 1994 Lollapalooza, it would be a coup for the organizers -- if their intent is to showcase one of the best-selling alternative bands and pack the grounds -- but it could make the concert more of a star-studded event and less a place to discover emerging alternative acts. Still, if Nirvana is able to use its considerable clout to improve the event, everyone could turn out to be a winner.

Mr. Silva said Nirvana would announce whether it is in or out within two weeks.

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