Lollapalooza, 1991's cash grab. . . er, farewell concert by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell which has become a bastardization of its own ideal, has found a way to keep this commercial lynching / kewlfest fresh and new: Hiring Josie and the Pussycats and Fat Albert's Junkyard Band as headliners.
Josie and the Pussycats, the second-best-loved band of the 1960s, will dust the moth sh-t off the cat ear hats and hit the North stage for 3 shows. Josie, who has overcome addiction, significant weight gain and her bitter divorce from Grape Ape, will be playing with her band for the first time in 30 years.
"I still have the restraining order in place," said Josie, referring to the Order of Protection against tambourine player Valerie. "So that b-tch ain't allowed near me onstage. But, other than that, it should be a total gas!"
Melody will be playing with the band, but in a limited capacity, after her 1989 kitchen appliance accident which left her confined to a wheelchair.
"I wanted to get some curl in my hair, so I put a butterknife in my toaster. That gave me a really bad 'ouchie'," said Melody from her home in an assisted living hospice in New Mexico. "It always worked for Tom and Jerry."
Nevertheless, Melody is excited to be with her old bandmates: "Oh, golly, I can't wait to see Brandon and Brenda! And Dylan, and Kelly and Steve! And Brandon's mom, Andrea! And Donna and Nat and Dylan, and Brandon and Brenda, too!"
Rounding out the performers are Jabberjaw and The Neptunes, Jem and the Holograms , Timmy! and the Lords of the Underworld and Lauryn Hill. Sadgasm has also agreed to reform for the show, and Mystik Spiral, who will headline the South stage, announced that they will probably change their band's name before the August shows.