LOS ANGELES, CA Wednesday Jun.23.2004 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- The Lollapalooza 2004 Tour has been canceled. Lollapalooza made the announcement yesterday, June 22, via its official web site. The news came three weeks before the alternative music festival was to begin. Event organizers said the 31-date, 16-city tour was called off "due to poor ticket sales across the board."

Even with its spectacular lineup that included PJ Harvey, The Pixies, Modest Mouse, Morrissey, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident and Mike Watt, among others, and the competitive ticket prices for a tour of this scale, Lollapalooza organizers said, "it was not enough to counter the weak economic state of this year's summer touring season." As the tour stood with current ticket sales, organizers and concert promoters would have endured "several million dollars of losses."

Perry Farrell, tour organizer and co-founder, expressed his deep regret and disappointment on the Lollapalooza web site, "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." In another statement yesterday afternoon, Farrell said, "You can imagine the dismay I share at this moment with the artists and musicians who were looking forward to the tour. Lollapalooza could no longer see fit to continue this year. Our plight is a true indication of the general health of the touring industry and it is across musical genres." But Farrell added, "Unexhausted is our virtue. We are taking Lollapalooza back and plan on rebuilding and recreating the festival in surroundings more conducive to the cultural experience we've become known for."

William Morris Agency's Marc Geiger, who co-founded Lollapalooza with Farrell, stated, "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. I'm surprised that given the great bands and the reduced ticket prices that we didn't have enough sales to sustain the tour. Concert promoters across the country are facing similar problems. Many summer tours are experiencing weak ticket sales."

Alex Hodges, Executive Vice President of HOB Concerts, commented on the Lollapalooza web site, "In real terms, it's been a tough summer. Ticket sales have been mixed and often inexplicably soft. There are a number of contributing factors, and, as a result, many tours have been cut-back, rerouted or canceled."

The canceled tour is also bad news for the bands. Most acts planned to promote new releases by playing the festival. In the last few months, Modest Mouse, PJ Harvey, Morrissey and Wilco all released new albums.

Fans who bought Lollapalooza tickets nationwide will receive full refunds.

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