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I was at Lollapalooza 1993 at a general admission, open-field venue, Buckeye Lake in Columbus, Ohio. I remember seeing Tool on the small side stage! On the main stage, Zack de la Rocha took the stage with band mates as a relatively new band, asking everyone to wave their weed in the air and flip off the cops watching over the event. Dinosaur Junior totally blew an amp and had to take a break in the middle of their set. Alice in Chains, was the most memorable for me. Layne Staley, dawning a full-on 3 piece suit, took the stage by storm, not much longer, stripping to bare minimum. One of the most amazing times of my life!
I was 19 years old and just moved to Seattle after living in Danmark for over 5 years (Im a Danish American). I got a last minute ticket from a friend and not knowing who these bands were, but LOVING music and mosh pits, I jumped in the car and went along. It was a HOT, BEAUTIFUL day in the GORGE in Eastern Washington State, so HOT actually we were getting hosed down by production on a regular basis, girls were taking off shirts, including me...lol...and just wearing bras and the mosh pit of hundreds ended up a mud pit cuz the Gorge is all dirt. Everyone was blowing there nose full of mud for days! It was AMAZING!!! ;D All day long it was great music, beer, weed, and lots and lots of moshing!! At one point I was exhausted and decided to just wander around by myself. I made it far far in the back part of the venue, away from the stage where it was quiet. There was an area linked off w chain linked fence and I peered over. I saw a guy and motioned to him to come and he did. Being from Danmark I knew none of these bands, but this guy seemed cool. We talked for some time and I asked if he was with a band...he said yes...I said cool and didnt even ask who. We had a nice concersation, then he had to go. Before he left, he told me to wait and grabbed some duct tape and a pen and wrote one it. It was kinda scribble, so I didnt know who he was, but was happy to have met him. I got a small peck on the lips but not more before he left as he said his girlfriend was there. I laughed and said ok and went on my way. Later that night, the headlining ban was announced and I couldnt wait, everyone was so excited and gathered close in the pit. Then when the lead singer came out I couldnt believe it....IT WAS THE GUY I HAD BEEN TALKING TO EARLIER THAT DAY!! It was MAGICAL as he and Alice in Chains belted out "ROOSTER" as I moshed violently (which was a bit scary in those days being a girl ;) One of the MOST AMAZING moments of my life!!! Before the song ended, I was pulled out of the pit and got a few minutes on the stage while the band memorized every single person there!! I still didnt know his name and never understood the enormity of who he was till this very day. LAYNE STALEY was the man I had the pleasure of meeting in a quiet normal stroll on a Summer Afternoon in the Gorge in George Washington!! Im still amazed today by that magical meeting and will NEVER forget his soothing soft soul. I am so honored to have met him, and I will <3 LOVE LAYNE STALEY FOREVER <3 Below is a photo of my gorgeous son Hunter holding my LAYNE STALEY AUTOGRAPH from that Beautiful day I met LAYNE in 1993!
List of my unforgetful 1993 - The crowd was so massive, hot, caring,high on somethings, mosh, pits,fire pits with people running around , water bottles all thrown in air , stage rushes, tears, laughs, fear, sadness and pure adrenal for my memories to never be forgotten and wish could happen again... Tool- the moment I heard the beginning of sober my heart and feet started rushing to the front stage right by security To be to c the man himself. The rest was a feeling and memories in my head that only tool fans know what I'm talking about. (still up front by security guards) -Alice in chains and Primus-- being up front from layne leg on speaker and black glasses to les playing mr krinkle with stand up bass and setting off fireworks. I was
I'm picking 1993 because it was my girlfriend/soon-to-be-wife's first Lolla. The previous year, I had an insane time with my soon-to-be-brother-in-law, revelling in acts such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers... and vowed that the woman of my life would come to respect that experience. Music is my religion, and getting to see these bands live, and with people that enjoy as much as I do, is the closest thing to God I know. Well, I prepared for anything- blankets for our lawnseats, sunglasses, water bottles, and the only thing that didn't follow us into Tinley Park were the earplugs. We were sonically bombarded by Rage Against the Machine, Dinosaur Jr, Primus, and, to finish us off, Alice in Chains. I lost a lot of hearing that day, but I didn't lose her. She became my wife Aug 5, 1995, and as an anniversary gift to me last year, she brought me back to Lolla Chicago. This year, my 12 and 14 year olds are coming to their first, and it couldn't be better, as the 20th anniversary line-up represents an excellent eclectic experience for all of us to renew our faith.
I was 17 years young. My high school sweetheart and I drove down from Richmond, VA in my first car. We left at the crack of dawn, and I remember her dad telling me to not let anything bad happen to his daughter. Well, I did. I fell asleep at the wheel early in the AM, hitting the guardrail on the right side of the Interstate, waking up and swerving across the median and slamming into the guardrail on the other side. I didn't hit another car, and nobody was injured. An aging hippie stopped to see if we were OK. After the cops did their thing, and my young beater of a ride was towed to some NC auto graveyard, the hippie gave us a ride to Lollapalooza. He was a vendor, and we were introduced to the hippie/vendor culture for awhile. Then we went off in search of friends from Richmond. We found them, partied, and all crammed into a car for the ride back to Richmond. It was one of the most exciting memories of my childhood. Oh yeah, Rage tried to incite a riot at the show. The police looked nervous. Matt Barber
Three years old and already a full-blown musical phenomenon, Lollapalooza ’93 was the festival’s first year to feature two co-headliners: Alice in Chains and Primus. Festival founder Perry Farrell’s promotion of Primus to the festival’s closing slot was widely regarded as an unorthodox decision, but he stuck to his guns and stood by the oddball prog-funkers, who didn’t fail to deliver the goods when they hit the stage. Tool – which would go on to become one of the biggest alternative acts of the late 90s – began as a second stage draw, but was moved to the main stage, a place they’d be seeing again in the coming years.
With the term “alternative” expanding to include a growing range of music, including hip-hop and roots rock, Lollapalooza kept pace, recruiting the festival’s most diverse stable of artists up to that point, including the multi-talented hip-hoppers Arrested Development, indie-folk darlings Sebadoh, and Sonic Youth’s legendary lead man, Thurston Moore.
Main stage opener Rage Against The Machine stole the show as the festival’s “breakout" act, both for their energetic, politically charged performances and some full frontal controversy. Faced with criticism by the Parents Music Resource Center over what the group deemed “objectionable” content, the band took the stage in their birthday suits at Lolla’s Philly date to protest. Tipper Gore was not amused.