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Monday, June 04, 2007

New York's outdoor summer festivals promise all-star musical line-ups but also plenty of hurdles -- from high-priced tickets to sold-out signs and sunburns. Today, a look at the risks and rewards of music in the great outdoors. Also: as the founder of Lollapalooza, alternative-rock pioneer Perry Farrell has seen it all when it comes to outdoor festivals. He shares his experiences, and his new band Satellite Party. Finally: Why amphitheaters are suffering a crisis similar to the drive-in movie theaters.

The Great Outdoors?

Outdoor concerts are ubiquitous during the summer months but it's not always a walk in the park. We hear about the up's and down's of finding the best live music this summer.

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Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell helped pioneer alternative rock in the 1990s with the L.A. metal-funk outfit, Jane's Addiction. Later, he founded Lollapalooza and set the tone for American outdoor festivals. Now, his new band Satellite Party wants to save the environment. And party.


Have Amphitheatres Passed Their Prime?

Concert industry analysts say the outdoor venues aren't as financially feasible as they once were. The 22-year-old Nashville amphitheater Starwood was just sold to make room for housing, one of several arenas around the country that are up for sale. Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of the concert industry publication Pollstar, explains ...