8/8/06 Panic booking "misstep" at Lollapalooza?

I thought this was an interesting read. I had thought the crowds at last year's Lollapalooza two night stint for Panic were huge and the band in high demand.
According to this reporter, it wasn't the best move for the festival.

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Excerpt from
Live: Lollapalooza 2006
Review by Rob Mitchum

Put an indie kid outside, and he'll look like a hippie.

At last year's Lollapalooza, one of the largest missteps was the decision to give Widespread Panic not just a main-stage headlining slot but an unequaled two sets on that stage, totaling more than two-and-a-half hours. Despite Perry Farrell's great enthusiasm in introducing the band, they were easily outdrawn for both sets by the side-stage double-whammy of Spoon and Death Cab for Cutie. This year's festival paid attention to half of that episode, slotting Death Cab (the only band to play each of the past two years) in the Friday night headliner's slot. But the jamband flop was apparently brushed off, as this year's festival featured even more acts from the hippie side of the fence: Blues Traveler, Umphrey's McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Particle, Nickel Creek, Ween.