About the music lineup for this summer’s KanRocksas Festival at the Kansas Speedway…
Eminem and Muse are Friday and Saturday’s headliners, with Girl Talk, Flaming Lips, Perfect Circle, Kid Cudi, Black Keys, Primus and Arctic Monkeys backing the two-day camping fest lineup.
Any chance of rumored headliner acts the Foo Fighters and/or Red Hot Chili Peppers being added to the bill?
"No," Fritz says. "Eminem and Muse are the two headliners. I mean, there’s going to be another 15 bands announced, but nothing on that level."
A front page Kansas City Star story today missed the mark addressing a possible conflct Chicago’s Lollalpalooza.
"The overlap with Lollapalooza is not a concern, Fritz said, because his festival is targeting fans from Denver to St. Louis and Dallas to North Dakota," the Star reported.
Quite the opposite…
Fact is, KanRocksas is feeding off Lollalpalooza by luring it’s talent while the bands are in the area.
Headliners Eminem and Muse, as well as Girl Talk, A Perfect Circle and Arctic Monkeys all are Lollapalooza rebound acts. Acts that in at least four cases – were it not for KanRocksas – would likely play cool, summer night gigs in the Crossroads.
That brings us to KanRocksas somewhat controversial name…
Let me guess; a vintage Chris Fritz brainchild?
"I’m the one and only name guy – yeah – hey, I play a mean schmooze," Fritz says, quipping, "No, I paid an advertising agency to do it."
Were there any other name suggestions?
"Yeah, people did," Fritz says. ""They said, ‘That’s kind of a weird name.’ But then it grew on them.The idea is to be the first one on the Google page."
After all, what could be weirder – namewise – than say, Bonnaroo?
"There was some logic to it," Fritz says. "I like the name because I’ve said it 1,000 times already."