PODCAST SUPPLEMENT: EP 56: WONDER WHY; BRING BACK LILITH FAIR

by - August 28, 2018


We dubbed this month's edition of Wonder Why the Lilith Fair edition.  The three choices up for consideration were Meredith Brooks' "Bitch," Joan Osborne's "One of Us," and Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home."  All three women were main stage performers for the first Lilith Fair in 1997. Lilith Fair was an all female music festival tour which ran from 1997-1999. A revival was tried in 2010.

The '90s saw touring music festivals become a big hit. Lollapalooza started the craze in 1991. Other festivals included Van's Warped Tour, Ozzfest and Lilith Fair. The festival was the brainchild of musician Sarah McLachlan in response to female singers not getting much radio airplay. While researching for the podcast, I wondered if now might be the time to try again to either bring Lilith Fair back or something similar.

Lollapalooza has been a weekend festival for the past few years taking place in Chicago. Van's Warped Tour just had it's final festival this summer. I'm unsure if Ozzfest is a touring festival still or not. Last year there was a two day festival out Los Angeles. One day was Ozzfest, the next was Knotfest and featured Slipknot as headliner. With all the festivals though, there are no female oriented festivals.

In this age of The Future is Female and a women's revolution in sports, an all female concert series could be a big hit. While it would most likely never happen, a festival headlined by Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift would be huge. Other names that I can think of off the top of my head to fill out some of the slots would be Suzanne Santo, Kacey Musgraves, Charli XCX, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sia and many more.  Point is, there are several top name stars and most likely several more that I'm not thinking of to make a successful show.

Now, the names I listed may not fit the original spirit of Lilith Fair but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. The point being there is no reason not to do a touring female focused tour in 2019. Since everything old is new again, it only makes sense to do this show. I'm tossing down the gauntlet. If someone wants to put up the money and handle all the legal aspects, I will help organize this tour. What say you general public?

Be sure to vote for September's Wonder Why.


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