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I went to Lollapalooza II with my boy Donny. It was hot as fuck at the Shoreline amphitheater that day. Pushing 100 the show started around noon. If I remember right Pearl Jam came on 2nd. They rocked the place. Started the mini mosh pit at the base of the green. Great set. Things got pretty crazy on the green that day. People fucked up on shrooms just roasting in the sun. I seriously hope this one guy I saw early on rebounded. If not he missed some of the best live performances I have ever seen. PJ, Soundgarden, Ministry and the Peppers had the highlights of the day. Soundgarden was hot at the time and their set rocked. They ended the set and left the stage with the guitar feedback just going on and on and on. Day was long and as the sun was setting Ministry was in the middle of their set. Didn't know much about them at the time but when it was over they had stolen the show. The moshpits had grown into two separate pits by now, one at each end of the green. By the time Ministry was done it was a circle pit that encompassed the entire green. Have never seen anything like it in person. Hard to believe anyone could be as good with Chili Peppers coming on last. They killed it too. Nothing beats a grown man in his underwear reciting poetry in gibberish. Lighting their flame throwing helmets was just the epitome of showmanship, much appreciated by a group of tired, dazed, ecstatic fans. Lots of artists in attendance. I actually hit a pipe with Be Real out on the green. Cypress Hill had played the side stage and I met him at the concession stands. Also saw BooYah Tribe walking around as well. I really miss the old Lollapalooza. It was something I looked forward to every year. With it being in Chicago and myself being a grown ass man with kids now, I probably won't make it back. Would love to see it tour again like the early 90's. Still to this day one of the top 3 shows I have ever seen. Perry Farrell you changed the world!! At least for me.
Well the set up is two hits of Acid taking effect as Jim Rose Circus Sideshow took stage. Nothing like that awesome freak show as one's mind is bending out into a cosmic field trip. That show hooked me on Jim Rose and friends. Then you throw in the Smart Drug Drinks that Lollapalooza 1992 had and you have the makings for something truly unique. Later the Dark Flow of Ice Cube and Ministry were to take my trip into the realms of very dark flows but i was losing myself in some other world and could hear the clanking of the Metal Structure that was called the noise machine or something along those lines. Just remember you could bang on it with metal pipes provided and attached to the big beast. That sound clanking away all day and night made for something different and so far never repeated. Miss such an amazing event such as that year. In my eyes the best. Along comes the Red Hot Chili Peppers as my mind had flowed into some strange Egyptian based theme look. Everything seem to turn into Ancient Egyptian motif and then i shed my clothing. Was found by my brother and girlfriend later and kept from getting arrested because they calmed my energized mind down enough to get me home. So there you go my favorite moment and Lollapalooza. Been every year and even had tickets for the cancelled 2005 show. Going this year too. See ya there.
My roommate and I went to Lollapalooza in the summer of 1992 at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. We had grass seats, and went pretty early to the show, as quite a few of the bands that we wanted to see were playing early in the day. To our surprise, the reserved seating in the covered section was barely filled up, so we made our way to the back section of the reserved seating. A security guard "busted" us, but after some flirting and sweet talk, he said we could move up a little closer for a little while if we promised to go back to the lawn after Pearl Jam played. We ended up sitting on the aisle at the midpoint of the left section.... Pearl Jam came on stage and sang their popular songs first. At some point when the band was jammin', Eddie Vedder decided to climb the rafters above the stage, and made his way across the rafters to the back of the covered section. He scaled his way back down to the ground and ran down our aisle back to the stage. As he was running past me, i stuck out my hand, and he high-fived me! Couldn't believe it! We were joking that I'd never wash my hand again! As it turned out, the security guard let us stay in the reserved seating, since it wasn't full. We just moved back a little. I do remember seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and they were also fantastic. We saw all the bands at the main stage, but those were the only 2 that I can remember. Once in a while I do reminisce about that concert.
I had was a freshly turned 16 year old in 1992. I had already seen more bands by then then most adults see in a lifetime. Houston was still considered the armpit of the music industry by some accounts , but there was a throbbing underground of people that still had taste in music and couldn't be suckered into the corny music of the error. I was an outcast in some circles for my taste in music and my group of friends but now can look back with great satisfaction knowing that the bands that I loved then are now a staple on everyone's ipod. Lollapalooza '91 had gone through Austin and created a huge stir and I was anxious to see what was in store for Lolla '92 that was actually coming to Houston- well Ft. Bend which, on paper, is just on the outskirts of H-town. The line-up was released and although heartbroken that Jane's wasn't on the lineup, I was beside myself with the mainstage acts and Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. We scrounged up our money and a group of us bought our tickets. They were really expensive for most of us at $20.50 plus handling fees. We managed to get a room at a local motel and split it a few ways. The few ways turned into about 15 of us staying in one room. As only a few of us had vehicles, we crammed into 2 different cars, the boys in one, the girls in the other. As we got closer, it was apparent we were not the only enterprising people that thought this was going to be the coolest show on earth. Seemingly a million of us sat in cars in the hot (and if you have been to Texas in the summer, you know I mean HOT) September heat. The lines was miles long and we were stuck. People were bailing out of cars to go pee in the sparse bushes, the aroma in the air was thick, the entusiasm was even thicker. I was enchanted with the thought that ALL of these people were coming together for the same reason, we all had that common thread. We finally get there and get parked and to the gates. I had been coveting my ticket all the way there. So much power this little piece of paper held. The ticket to another world sat safely in my bag along with the $10 spending cash I had managed to scrape up and had planned to strategically make it last for the next 24 hours.... and by the time we got there, I was hungry and beyond thirsty. I remember this was my first experience with a bottled water costing 25 times the amount it really cost but understanding why people actually bought them at that price. The set up was overwhelming, how was I going to experience ALL of this in such a short amount of time? Pearl Jam, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, the Side Show all culminating to the headliner RHCP. I covered every inch of the fairgrounds that day. It was hot, it was dusty, it was smelly, there was no shade, there was no where to sit, there was nothing but my friends that were with me and the bands that were my 'friends' through the past years. These guys that had held my hand through thick and thin. The bands I related to, when no one else was there was my music and remains that way even as a mother of four and in my mid 30s. I can transport myself back to those days and I become that same wide- eyed girl just in an older person's body. I survived the day... sweaty and defeated... we watched RHCP. I remember being a bit sad for them as most of the crowd had thinned out by then and just a few stragglers had survived the entire show. I still had $1 left. We headed back to the room and I bought myself a coke from the machine in the hall and ate some cheese crackers that someone shared with me. I took my little corner of the floor and used my bag as my pillow. I looked around the room and thought to myself and agreed with Ice Cube, it was a good day. Now all those people I was with have all grown up and married, got jobs, families, and one of them isn't with us anymore. We keep in touch through FB and carefully planned happy hours and we even run into each other at shows. We all still have music running through our souls and we all have the memories and playing a role in the predawn of a new music era and being a part of something that was way bigger than ourselves... yet we felt bigger than life.
Lollapalooza 1992-I just turned 20 and was introduced to Pearl Jam by my older brother Fred0 who got us tickets for Lolla at the formerly known "World Music Theatre" in Tinley Park,IL. Pearl Jam took the stage in the afternoon and anyone who was at that show can tell you the electricity was in the air as Eddie "invited" the fans to come closer to the stage to take up the empty seats during their set. I was absolutely floored by their set and being a young artist at the time, I took my thoughts to paper when I got home and drew out my interpretation of their song "Black"(don't judge!). Fredo had tickets to see them again when Lolla made their stop in Alpine Valley,WI but I couldn't go(bridesmaid in a wedding...yeah.). I figured if Eddie was gonna invite people up front again maybe there would be a chance my bro could throw my drawing on stage in appreciation. Well, Fredo and I met up at home and I asked if he was able to get close enough to throw my drawing on stage. His reply was,"No,I GAVE it to Eddie!"-turns out Eddie was walking around enjoying the sights and Fredo recognized him and approached him with my drawing. During Pearl Jam's set Eddie dedicated "Black" to the "the guy he met out back" which we can only assume he meant my brother(as proof,my brother found this show on a bootleg tape and played it for me over and over...twisting the knife.). Well, I didn't think it was very fair at all so I suggested he,myself and a friend of ours should save up some cash and fly out to L.A. to catch the last show-we all agreed and I drew my interpretation of "Why go home" to give Eddie. That was the plan...until it was time to actually do it! They flaked out on me last minute but I was dead set on going damn it! I got a cheap 1 way ticket to L.A.(never flew in my life or had been outside of Chicago)and landed at LAX a little after midnight on Sept. 11. I didn't really have a plan so I took a cab to the Greyhound and got a ticket for the next bus headed to Irvine Meadows. When the bus stopped in Irvine, I got off and had no clue where to go next, I noticed a young Rastafarian had gotten off as well and i took a shot in asking him if perhaps he was going to Lolla. Yes he was! His name was Rafiki and we weren't too far away, I could walk with him. He asked what I was doing traveling by myself and I told him the whole story. Rafiki asked if I had a ticket for the show,which of course I didn't,but I figured I'd get a Lawn ticket and figure it out along the way. When we got to the venue, he turned to me and said we were supposed to meet because he was supposed to help me. He actually was a vendor traveling with the show and had a booth where he sold pipes etc., he told me not to buy a ticket, he was gonna set up shop and come back for me. My thought? Yeah, right! Rafiki went in and I went toward the ticket window which wasn't going to open for a few hours. When it finally opened and I made my way up to get my ticket, I felt someone grab my arm and yank me away-it was Rafiki. He was laughing at me asking what I was doing after he made it clear he was supposed to help me. He motioned for me to follow him to the employee entrance and he handed me a VIP pass. I looked at him suspiciously and made it clear I was neither rich or easy so I don't know what he was expecting. Once again,HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP ME. He wasn't expecting anything. I went in and helped him at his booth until Pearl Jam hit the stage-my naive self had no clue what a VIP pass did and was hoping I could get to the front row. Didn't happen, you still needed to show a ticket stub.Damn! After their set,I noticed a crowd milling around a fence at the side of the stage. I went in for a closer look because you could see the artists stepping off the stage from here and there was an opening where two security guards stood blocking the entrance. well,as I got closer, the guards started stepping aside for me!! AHHH,light bulb moment: VIP pass! There I was, backstage,heart racing, no clue what to do when I see Eddie, sitting in the shade talking to some guy. I stood there,frozen,trying to get my head right waiting for them to stop talking. When they parted ways, I cleared my throat and said,"Um,excuse me-Mr.Vedder? My brother met you at Alpine Valley and gave you a picture I drew?" He looked at me for a second,smiled and gave me a hug-he remembered my brother and my drawing and was glad to meet me! Holy S--t! I gave him the new drawing and he gave me another hug and thanked me for it-he apologized because he was losing his voice and couldn't really talk,but he wrote out an autograph for me saying"Edna, You've touched deep-that's where I hang out. Love&Art, Eddie Vedder"-mission accomplished! I have the VIP pass and autograph framed on my wall and also had the Dragonfly image from the pass tattooed on my wrist to remind me every day I can do anything I set my mind to!
Lollapalooza ’92 doubled down on the winning formula of its debut, with shows selling out within minutes of tickets going on sale. Due to this high demand, additional dates were added – all of which immediately sold out – bringing the total dates on the tour up to 35.
For its second year, the lineup was expanded, featuring a wide array of buzzworthy second-stage artists along with high-powered headliners like grunge megastars Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the height of their Blood Sugar Sex Magik popularity.
There was more than just music. Fans could browse hand-made jewelry and third-world textiles, and ethnic foods. Piercing booths provided quick pinpricks for more daring fest-goers (ears and nostrils only). Retaining the previous year’s openness to raising awareness on important issues, there were representatives from Refuse and Resist, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Greenpeace and others at the festival. With the 1992 United States presidential election looming that fall, members of Rock the Vote helped audience members fill out voter-registration forms.
There was no shortage of standout moments on the road. This tour featured one of the few performances by Temple of the Dog, the grunge supergroup featuring Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. With hip hop breaking boundaries and beginning to win fans outside of the underground, gangsta rapper Ice Cube was booked as a headliner – a gutsy move by promoters – exposing audiences to new, raw sounds coming out of the cities.
Providing some of the strangest spectacles in Lolla’s history, the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow came to prominence as a second stage show in 1992, garnering rave reviews from publications like Rolling Stone. Its acts included The Enigma, whose body is almost entirely covered in tattoos (among other modifications) and The Amazing Lifto, who lifted cinder blocks and kegs of beer with his nipples and nether regions. Nifty trick.