Happy Birthday, Lollapalooza. The music festival recently turned 15, and it’s been a wild, often erratic ride. From 1998 to 2003 it was on hiatus and in 2004, the event — founded by Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction — never saw the light of day due to lousy ticket sales. But after the hit weekend version of the event last year in Chicago’s Grant Park, Lollapalooza returns this summer twice as big with 130 musical acts on nine stages.

"We had to come back and prove that we're not only credible but a quality festival, and I think we did that Year One in Chicago," Farrell says. The Associated Press reports that the festival, returning to Chicago and running this weekend, has sold about 45,000 tickets for each day. Among the bands performing are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, and Sonic Youth. Three day passes for the event run at a reasonable $150.

This year, the festival will also have a little something for the kiddies. Kidzapalooza debuts, which is an interactive scavenger hunt-like game using text messages on cell phones. "Nobody would pay for Kidzapalooza. We had to pay for it ourselves, but we're happy to do it because we know the experience in the end is going to feel really good," Farrell says. Also, an unsigned band will get to play on stage, if they can beat the other 1,999 competitors.

Turning 15 can be a tricky thing, but lucky for Lollapalooza, it is aging gracefully.

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