Chicago Officials Okay with Rock, Not Roll

The alternative rock festival Lollapalooza made a dubious promotional decision and inflamed Chicago officials by handing out promotional rolling papers to journalists at a city-sanctioned press conference where parks officials were to receive a $400,000 donation from last year’s concert proceeds to benefit city parks. Distribution of the promos was stopped and the concert promoter apologized for his mistake, saying that the event “very family friendly. . . . This is not what we’re about.” I’m guessing he’ll be more careful next time, and it looks like the concert will go on as planned, potentially raising as much as $600,000 for Chicago parks this year. The rolling papers should be available on eBay any minute now.

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