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Lollapalooza 2011: Deadmau5, Foo Fighters wrap up fest

CHICAGO — The final headliners for the last day of Lollapalooza in Grant Park perfectly symbolized both the festival’s origins and its likely evolution. On one end, Foo Fighters represented the alternative rock stylings Lolla began championing 20 years ago, while DJ Deadmau5 on the other end symbolized the festival’s transition into a hotbed for electronic dance music.


Farrell looks back and forward: Sitting at a table within his compound at the end of Grant Park after his DJ set Saturday, Perry Farrell, the Jane’s Addiction frontman who concocted Lolla back in 1991, finally takes a moment to reflect on his creation on its 20th birthday.

“There’s been this kind of uncontrollable energy, to the point where my whole body would shake,” Farrell says. “Going from 70 to 90,000 people a day is a big jump. … It’s a nerve-racking thing and it can lead you to the point of breaking down and crying. (On Friday) at one point, every one of my producers broke down. … Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. But I will tell you, looking back at the whole weekend, this is one of the great moments of my life. No matter what happens from here, I had a great moment in the sun.”

What Farrell hopes will happen from here is that Lolla become a greater global force; besides attracting people from around the world to Chicago, the event has expanded to Chile, will launch in Brazil next year and another foreign market in 2013. Farrell also sees dance music becoming a more central focus. This year, Perry’s DJ stage expanded to a tent that could handle 20,000, but it was so crowded with people Friday, Afrojack’s set had to be postponed because of concerns of overheating.

“My mission is one day there’ll be live music on one side and electronic music on the other side,” Farrell says. “It looks like the world is really going in that direction where dance music is the new punk rock. I’m going to tell (event producer C3 Presents) next year it should be half and half. So expect it in three years.”

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