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When All the City's a Stage

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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.

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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 ...

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