Lollapalooza tour canceled -- The alt-rock tour's promoters tell MTV News that poor ticket sales are the culprit

By Brian Hiatt
June 22, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

One of the biggest rock tours of the ’90s is finding this decade a lot less hospitable. This year’s Lollapalooza tour, which was to feature acts including Morrissey, Modest Mouse, PJ Harvey, and jam-band the String Cheese Incident, has been canceled due to poor ticket sales, according to a statement from promoters posted on the tour’s official website.

”My heart aches along with the bands, and all of our employees, whose hard work developed one of the most exciting and important tours that this nation was to see. My heart is broken,” tour cofounder (and Jane’s Addiction frontman) Perry Farrell said in a statement.

Another cofounder, William Morris Agency agent Marc Geiger, blamed the cancellation of the tour, which had been on hiatus from 1998 to 2002, on hard times for the concert industry as a whole. ”I am in utter disbelief that a concert of this stature, with the most exciting line-up I’ve seen in years did not galvanize ticket sales,” he said in a statement. ”Many summer tours are experiencing weak ticket sales.” All tickets sold from this year’s festival will be refunded, according to the festival’s website.

This year’s Lollapalooza was to be the first to be divided into two days at each stop; the second day was to be headlined by the String Cheese Incident, an act far removed from the festival’s alt-rock roots. ”It’s risky — it’s a real left turn,” Farrell told EW last month.