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Second time around at Waterloo Village and we're running late. Can't find parking until we see a field beyond a small patch of trees. My friend drives his Citation though the brush into a clearing. We suddenly realize we're at the tour bus parking area. No time to waste we head in and enjoy the show. Heading back to the car we see a few people by one of the buses. Chatting at the open door is Al Jourgensen of Ministry. While we're there Al mentions how he's really bummed about how he misunderstood one of their upcoming stops as 'vagina' instead of 'Virginia'. One of the girls standing by the bus says "Vagina. Oh, I can help you with that." And off she and Al go to the backstage area. So rock 'n roll. My friend and I then manage to help two girls sneak backstage while distracting the guard. Alas, we never it managed to get in ourselves.
Moshing in the crowd during Soundgarden. Chris was nice enough to help pull some poor girl out that took too many hits. As she walks of the stage to the right, she was cradling her left eyeball in her hand. Second nastiest pit I' ve been in (Tool in Lauderdale). Props to Chris who stage-dived on my bro. Wish I would have gotten a piece of that! Dickhead husband of friend would not let us sleep on hotel room floor (I do believe that was the beginning of the end for Captain Dickweed). Drove home into Hurricane Andrew. Shit you not, fuckin' creepy!
Went to Lolla '92 in St. Paul and we saw some great bands, including Lush, J&M Chain, Ministry and RHCP. We also saw the Jim Rose Side Show. Jim and a guy named "The Tube" pulled a volunteer out of the audience (some drunk dude). All three poured a menagerie of nastiness into a big, clear cylinder: a few beers, a bottle of hot sauce, a bottle of mustard, and I forget what else. Jim stuck some tygon tubing down The Tube's throat, hooked it up to the cylinder, and used a piston to plunge every drop of it down The Tube's gullet and into his stomach. People were gagging. And then... it got worse. Jim Rose began pulling the piston the other way, which pulled a vacuum on The Tube's stomach. Back up through the tube came the regurgitated goo, every ounce of it, into the clear cylinder for the whole crowd to see - only it was now green with bile. People in the crowd wretched and gasped. And then... it got worse. Jim pulled out the piston, grabbed three cups, and poured. Jim Rose, The Tube, and the drunk dude from the audience each lifted their glass in a toast, and slammed it down the hatch. Grossest. Moment. Ever.
Lollapalooza in New Orleans, 1992: Sticky and sweaty and muddy to boot, rocking black biker boots at the Rock the Vote booth, paired with a new friend, who turned into Best Friend, The Bestest “Hoyts” One who continued the bass bump... We worked that day, registered folks to vote--and We played that day to Lolla’s crazy sights and sounds. After that, year-by-year, we rocked on, married, moved, and made kiddos that we hope will enjoy even a fraction of that music we call real. You’re a matchmaker, Lollapalooza, a carnival of connections that lives on and on… xoxo from D&R, +20 yrs. (and counting!)
i went to the greatwoods show in mansfield mass. it was the summer after my first year at college. my roommate drove up from PA. we hooked up with a bunch of my highschool friends and all drove from CT to the show. the group of us were all huge pearl jam and soundgarden fans having caught both bands on their club tours a few months before. it was great to see them again in such a setting. while walking around the park i spotted eddie vedder and his lady. they didn't have any security with them and some fans were getting a little rough. my friends and i surrounded the two and helped them get back to the artist lounge unscathed. the highlight of the day was rushing the stage during ministry. when they hit the stage the whole place just erupted. people on the lawn broke down the wooden fence and huge bonfires were lit. the sod was ripped up and thrown at people like snowballs. i managed to get from the lawn to about the 5th row during all the craziness. seeing pearl jam, soundgarden, ministry and the chili peppers all in one day kind of made up for me missing the 1991 lolla show. some of my friends went to that one without me and 20 years later, i'm still a little miffed. it's hard to believe its been that long, seems like just yesterday
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.