LADIES WHO LILITH
AFTER A NEARLY 11-YEAR HIATUS, THE LILITH TOUR IS AMPING UP THE GIRL POWER AGAIN WITH A NEW GROUP OF ROCKIN' WOMEN. COFOUNDER SARAH MCLACHLAN AND A FEW OF HER HEADLINERS GIVE PEOPLE SOME BEHIND-THE-SCENES DISH
You've been admiring each other's shoes and jewelry.
Crow, 48: Before I leave this tour, I want to raid Erykah's wardrobe bus.
Sarah, why revive the tour now?
McLachlan, 42: The sense of community. That feeling of being surrounded by empathy, love, trust and compassion is so important. How have you changed since the first Lilith Fair tour in 1997?
McLachlan: I'd like to think I'm a little bit wiser, a little bit mellower.
Badu, 39: Either that or we can act like it! I wasn't able to appreciate this kind of thing the way I am now. This is food for me. It's therapy for me.
Jennifer, you won a spot on a side stage at the festival in '99.
Nettles, 35: It's exciting and humbling to be included at this level-and on the main stage!
What do you bring on the road to feel at home?
Caillat, 25: I like to paint and take pictures, so I'll do that when I'm not writing a song or playing guitar.
Nettles: Candles and incense.
McLachlan: We're in locker rooms at sports arenas, so that's important.
Are there any downsides to being on an all-female bill?
Crow: I don't know if I'm going to find a husband on this tour. [laughs]
McLachlan: That always baffles me. A plethora of beautiful women, you'd think guys would be flocking!
KINGS OF LEON OUR ROAD RULES
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ROCKERS' ON-TOUR STAPLES
What can't the Kings of Leon live without? "PlayStation 3 is a must-have on the bus," says bassist Jared Followill (far left, with Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill). "And we've got our comfort foods: Cheez-Its, deli meats, Diet Dr. Pepper ... and Patron Silver!" The guys, who are on tour through Sept. 23, also download lots of movies. "Laptops keep us out of the trouble that bands used to get into," he jokes. Beefed-up security helps too. Back in the day, "some guy was in the dressing room like, 'Hey man, big fan,'" he recalls. "I was like, 'Sweet, nice to meet you.' Then I moseyed out, grabbed someone and asked, 'Who's that guy in there putting on Nathan's socks?' "
WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE ON TOUR?
"I've always wanted to see Tom Petty-he is such a musical inspiration to me."
"I wish I could've seen Michael Jackson live.... His shows were the biggest."
JUSTIN BIEBER (on tour in the U.S. through the end of the year)
"I've heard Coldplay puts on a really good show. They make great music."
LEE DeWYZE (on the American Idol Live!
tour through Sept. 16)
KE$HA MY TOUR COUTURE
ON THE ROAD WITH RIHANNA
, THE SINGER, 23, GIVES PEOPLE A PEEK AT HER COSTUMES
SHE HELPED DESIGN HER OUTFITS
I work with my stylist Marjan Malakpour [pictured] [and design team the Blonds]. I wanted badass outfits I can go crazy in, like capes with psychedelic influences like the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. This outfit is very Stevie Nicks on acid.
MOTHER NATURE INSPIRED HER ACCESSORIES
I'm really in touch with the earth, so I use natural pieces with what I wear. I love feathers, skulls and bones. I also give out animal masks to fans.
SHE'S GOT 24k TASTE
I'm attracted to shiny things, like a raccoon! With this gold outfit, I was going for a motorcycle-jacket vibe. And I use a gallon of glitter every show-on my body, the band and dancers.
HEELS ARE A NO-NO
I'm influenced by punk shows-I do cartwheels and act like a total maniac. I'd love heels, but it's setting me up for severe embarrassment if I face-plant!
OTHER MUST-SEE SHOWS
BLACK EYED PEAS
Sugarland (through 8/5), Tim McGraw
(8/28), Black Eyed Peas (8/31), John Mayer
(9/11), Dave Matthews (9/15), Rascal Flatts (9/18), Jonas Brothers
(9/19), Lady Gaga
(9/19), Brad Paisley
(9/25), Jack Johnson (10/13)