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Lollapalooza Bands Reshuffle Summer Plans

With Lollapalooza cancelled, several bands originally confirmed for the bill have begun either rescheduling their summer itineraries or heading for the studio. Morrissey’s summer plans for North America are unknown beyond a previously announced July 17 show in Chicago as part of American Express’ Blue Jam Sessions. Sonic Youth is setting up a headlining tour, which, according to its official Web site, will kick off July 13 in Vancouver and head east, visiting both American and Canadian cities. String Cheese Incident, which was to headline Lollapalooza’s second day lineup, is also setting up new North American dates. “We are big supporters of the vision of Lollapalooza and we were looking forward to collaborating with so many great musical acts,” SCI bassist Keith Moseley says. The Flaming Lips will spend the summer working on their new album as well as a movie. “With the cancellation of Lollapalooza 2004, we are reminded once again of the risk and uncertainty that accompanies any venture that is purposefully not mainstream,” lead singer Wayne Coyne said on the band’s official Web site. “Perhaps in a less concert heavy summer this collection of unconventional entertainers may have at least aroused some curiosity, but sometimes being different comes at a price.” According to its official Web site, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were scheduled to tour with the Von Bondies during days off from Lollapalooza, but because BRMC does “not have a record company at the moment, limited funds means the band cannot tour independently.” Instead, it is believed the band will begin work on the follow-up to 2003’s “Take Them On, On Your Own,” its final set for Virgin. Modest Mouse has scheduled brief series of shows beginning July 16 in Chico, Calif. Gomez has yet to announce any new North American dates, nor has the Polyphonic Spree, according to their respective official Web sites. Other bands currently in limbo include Broken Social Scene and the Walkmen. The former is expected to begin work on its next studio album, which should be out by next spring. Yesterday, tour co-founder Perry Farrell posted a message to artists on the festival’s official Web site. “Please know that I value your talents and look forward to meeting you again — a little later on to re-discover ourselves as friends,” he said. “If it makes you feel any better, I am in the same boat as most of you; ‘Only loaded with talent.’ But with talent like ours, they can’t hold us down for long.” Farrell also cryptically added that the festival might be resurrected for one or two shows: “I am still looking for a shining moment or two for us this summer. I hope you will receive me when I call.”