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I remember three things very clearly from that day... 1. Les Claypool on stage with his leg popping up and down to his bass line while the members of Fishbone played with members of Primus. 2. Finding an eighth on the ground. 3. Some guy who duct taped NIN on his back in the morning and had a painful sunburn with the letters in white, on his skin, by the evening.
I was in the pit at lolla 93 and was watching fishbone , i was crowd surfing and went over the top at the front one time and was told u can only do it 3 times and ur out , i was ok i did once im good. So i was on the crowd again and the singer from fishbone was on the other end of the stage crowdsurfing and the security were all down there , i was tossed over the gate and landed on my feet right in front of the fishbone guitarist! cool , i sat and watched him shread it not more than a couple of feet in front of me . I had my eye on security and one on the wicked guitar solo , all of a sudden the same security guard that warned me the first time spotted me standing there and three of them grabbed me and the guy said three times you are outta here!! i protested to no avail , the drug me to the backstage area roughly (thought i was gonna catch a lickin!) .They took me to the backgate and tossed me out , only shorts on , no wallet no keys nothing , i was very high on hallucinagenics and was having a great time trying to plead my case to the cops when he replied " what are u on son !" , i gave up . the security wouldnt even give me a drink of their water , it was +33 cent scorcing sun ! I sat on the curb , desperate to get back in , with Alice and chains , Dinosaur Jr and Primus to come , i was sick!! Just then a photographer came out and was standing there looking at me pleading my case to security , i went and sat on the curb looking quite pathetic when the italian photographer came up to me and gave me a backstage pass! i was over the top! I thanked him repeatedly and plotted my way back in , i first tried to go in the same way they kicked me out , DUH! the security said where did u get that and tried to take it off me , i turned and ran , i was running back top the main gate when i turned a corner and BAM two cops right there , i stopped and put my hands up and they looked at me like i was nuts and kept going, lol ! I kept on toward the main gate and realized that the pass was a sticker and i didnt have anything on but shorts , so i stuck it on my chest and walked in , all my friends wondered what happened and i tried to explain . I caught Alice and chains and the rest and was Amazing!! I dont know what i woulda done if id of missed that one?!? One of my top show fer sure > Thx to that photographer for saving my ass!
Travel back to 1993 - Seaside, OR.. "A free ticket to Lollapalooza? ok..!?" I hadn't planned on getting to go, so barely bothered to pay attention to who was even headlining. But, I knew Primus was on the bill so I was in! We hopped in a couple cars and hit the road to Portland. Once we get to the city, traffic on I5 was backed up for miles! It was hot and the car overheated, so we ditched it in a median and hopped in with our friends in front of us. Once we finally got there it was already dusty and scorching hot with no trees at Portland Meadows so we knew it was going to be a long day. We slathered on some sunscreen and got in line for water (at this point only about 50 people). Water? check. Sunscreen? check. Onward to the mainstage! I remember Rage and Bosstones were in all their splendor that day.. but the details are a bit "hazy" of an afternoon in the pit. I'd heard TOOL was playing second stage, and nearing heat exhaustion and dehydration, thought I'd check out and get out to see them. On the way I was ready to die, so ducked into a tent to grab some shade. Little did I know, Timothy Leary was up next! So, needless to say I sat right down in front and with wonder in my eyes drank in every word he said about the beauty of technology and the progress of civilization. By this time I was "clear", and on cloud nine with all the energy around me. He bid us farewell and dissappeared behind the veil.. WOW! That was amazing.. So, feeling on top of the world I headed on over to catch the crowd dispersing at second stage and missed all of Tool.. but whatever.. I'd just seen Timothy Leary!? The rest of the day was as full of as much fun as you'd imagine from a day at the fair.. Until Primus. We fought our way to the stage and got our boogy on! But wait, "oh crap, what about the car?!?" We realized traffic out was going to suck getting out and we still had to find the car, so we split. Back to I5, on to downtown, back to where our car was.. That's right.. WAS. No car to be found. It got towed. "What the hell do we do now", we thought. Luckily, the girl I was with was from Portland and her family was in town. So, she called Daddy who came and picked us up in the middle of the night, fed us and took us in. After several hours on the phone and tapping every resource we had, we'd found the car. BUT, the yard wasn't open untill the morning!? CRAP.. another sick day. After a few hours of sleep we got a ride to the impound and bailed out the car and headed for breakfast. Exhausted, penniless, still 90 miles from home.. but fearless. We hit the road with faith and made it home. About two weeks later I heard the news of Timothy Leary passing into his place in eternity.. What an honor to have been graced with his presence. I know he was just a man, but that man is a legend. "Technology is our future!" he said. And he was right.
This was my 2nd Lolla. But my 1st time ever hearing or seeing Rage Against The Machine! And it changed my life. Still to this day one of my fav bands of all time. Got to see the reunion at Lolla 2009. Anyways dropped acid for my first time on this da w my buddy Josh. Watched Tool & kinda freaked out. Haha. Saw Arrested Development. Alice in Chains & Primus. EPIC year!
My dad drove me and my buddy. I was there to see Alice in Chains and didn't know who anyone else was. Boy was my mind blown! Rage against the machine kicked off and I have been a fan since. Funny story: The only reason I knew to see Tool was that I had this christian friend who wanted to make sure that I didn't 'accidently' see Tool; she said they were satanic lol. I made a point to see them and they blew me away. So raw, so rough, so deep! (I sound like I am talking about losing my virginity... what is wrong with me? ) I was in Detroit and we were at a fairgrounds, there was a huge storm that cut Dinosaur jr. short which is a shame because I didn't see them again until 2007 or 8... I'm going to go call my dad and thank him for taking us...
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.