Taking sides: Build your own Lilith Fair
Sarah McLachlan's reincarnated Lilith Fair comes limping into Merriweather Post Pavilion next Tuesday -- its line-up a far cry from what was first announced. Lilith 2010 was launched with the promise of a refreshingly diverse bill, but miserable ticket sales have forced the likes of Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson and Loretta Lynn to bail on parts or all of the tour.
But that can't stop us from dreaming. Assuming that Sarah and fellow Lilith vets, the Indigo Girls, must play, what other five acts would you book for your dream tour? Click Track's contributors mulled it over in this week's Taking sides post. After the jump, read our ideal line-ups (nobody nominated Gaga!) and share yours in the comments.
Allison Stewart: I think Lilith Fair really did try to be more diverse this year, even though their choices (Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn) were the equivalent of them holding up a sign saying "We are trying to be more diverse this year." In the interest of real diversity, I'd love to see Joni Mitchell. Lilith is all "peace" this and "harmony" that. Curmudgeonly Joni would change that vibe in five minutes. Maria McKee, circa 1985: Best. Voice. Ever. Aretha Franklin? Ditto and ditto. The Runaways -- enough said. And the Dixie Chicks. They're awesome. And they don't seem to be busy.
Chris Richards: When I first saw that Lilith was coming back, I thought, "No Tori?" But Ms. Amos might not make my dream line-up anyway. I'd rather see a performance from the ur-Tori, Kate Bush. Meantime, this show needs mass appeal, so gimme some Sharkira. If Lauryn Hill wasn't booked for the "Rock the Bells" tour, I'd love to see her at Lilith. And while she's always distanced herself from feminism, the brilliant PJ Harvey would be a very welcome addition. (I've watched this video about 5,000 times in the past week.) Finally, my wild card pick: the irrepressible rap rookie Nicki Minaj.
David Malitz: Since Sarah and the Indigos are already booked I figure they have the "classic" Lilith sound taken care of. I'd want to convince Lily Allen to step away from the fashion designing and come out of "retirement" to play my festival. All (OK, most) of the songs from her debut album "Alright, Still" are summer smashes. The Breeders will bring the '90s alt-rock. My ideal revival act, in the vein of Bettye LaVette and Mavis Staples, would be '70s nasty-funk star Betty Davis. I'd also love to hear Juana Molina's layered, hypnotic electronic creations in the afternoon sun. And opening the bill would be my current indie-pop faves, Frankie Rose & the Outs.
July 29, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan
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