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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell Explains Why Black Sabbath Holds Appeal To Music Fans Of All Ages

Perry Farrell Talks About Why Black Sabbath Are The Perfect Lollapalooza Headling Act

Late last night, the lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza Festival was announced, featuring headlining performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who we saw headline the 1992 Lollapalooza Festival!), the Black Keys, Jack White, Avicii, Justice and … wait for it … BLACK SABBATH! As you’ll recall, Sabbath was all set to headline this year’s Coachella Festival, but had to pull out when it was announced that Tony Iommi was undergoing treatment for cancer (which he recently completed). However, it appears that Iommi feels confident that he’ll be healthy enough to perform for fans in Chicago’s Grant Park —the band’s only scheduled North American tour date— somewhere between August 3 and August 5.

VH1 got some exclusive time with Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell this weekend while he was down in Brasil, and we asked him why he decided to book the metal legends, all of whom are over 60 years old, for a festival that’s primarily attended by teens and twentysomethings (most of whom weren’t even born when Sabbath broke up in the late ’70s). In his lovably roundabout fashion, he gives us exactly the answer that we were looking for.

For those of you wondering if Bill Ward will be manning the kit for the reunited Black Sabbath, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that all four of the original members of Black SabbathOzzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler AND Bill Ward— will be performing at this year’s festival. There has been no confirmation of this yet from the Black Sabbath camp, but we will keep you posted if and when we hear something!

Also! We’ve got the complete list of performers for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival for you below:
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by (@unclegrambo)

And Your 2012 Lollapalooza Headliners Are… Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Jack White, Avicii, And Justice

With this year’s highly anticipated Coachella Festival just three days away, rival festival Lollapalooza just stole a bit of their thunder tonight by announcing the lineup for their 2012 festival, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-5. This year’s festival will be headlined by a powerful array of rock royalty (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White), a historic reunion (the only scheduled North American tour date for Black Sabbath) and, for the first time ever, big-draw DJ acts (Avicii, Justice).

VH1 was able to exclusively ask Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) what kind of traits he looks for in his headlining acts, and he answered in typically awesome Farrell fashion:

We’ve got the complete Lollapalooza press release, which just hit the wires, for you below!

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