CHICAGO — The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were named new Lollapalooza headliners Tuesday to replace the Beastie Boys.
Texas-based promoters C3 Presents moved quickly to secure an Aug. 8 headliner for the three-day Chicago festival after the Beastie Boys unexpectedly dropped out Monday because of rapper Adam Yauch’s impending cancer surgery.
The New York trio will replace the Beastie Boys as the headliner on the fest’s middle day, opposite Tool.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, led by dynamic singer Karen O, last played an evening slot at the festival in 2007, and did a fine job holding the big stage.
The trio headlined a show last May at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, on the heels of its third album, “It’s Blitz!”
In response to a request from the Chicago Tribune about refunds because of the Beastie Boys cancellation, Lollapalooza’s publicity office issued this statement: “Because the Lollapalooza Music Festival includes over 100 artists, the chance of artist cancellation is always a possibility. C3 Presents, however, is proud that over the years the festival has been held, there have been relatively few cancellations. C3 Presents’ policy is that cancellation by individual bands does not entitle a ticket-holder to a refund. With over 100 acts, the fans are still receiving a tremendous value.”