Update: You can now add Kings of Leon to the list (headliner #4). Looks like Peter Bjorn & John are a lock as well…

Surprise, surprise! The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot is at it again. After providing an early look at Pitchfork’s 2009 lineup earlier this morning, Mr. Kot has moved on to his next victim: the headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza. Yes folks, if you believe Kot’s recently posted blog entry – and you should, considering the man also leaked Lolla’s headliners in 2008 – we know now who will be hitting the mainstage come August 7-9 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

According to Kot, the Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, and the recently reunited Jane’s Addiction are three of six “arena level headliners” currently scheduled to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza. Of these three leaks, only the Beastie Boys comes as a real surprise; both Depeche Mode and Jane’s Addiction had been independently confirmed on our Lollapalooza outlook page for weeks.


As for the other three headliners, which are expected to be included when the complete lineup is announced next month, rumors are a plenty. Based solely on speculation resulting from hearsay, touring schedules, and whatever information one would qualify as resulting in rumors, The Killers, Tool, and Kings of Leon look to be strong possibilities, while Green Day and Blink-182 could be considered as well.

What we do know for sure is that the Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, and Jane’s Addiction join a constantly growing list of confirmations on our Lollapalooza outlook page. Other acts which look to be locks for this year’s lineup include Atmosphere, Ben Folds, Delta Spirit, Friedly Fires, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Ravonettes.

As always, we’ll keep you updated…