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I had just graduated college in 1994. I received my degree in Audio Engineering and Music Business. I was a 24 year old NYC club kid / performance artist and I was also waiting tables. During my schooling I was lucky enough to have become an assistant engineer to disco producer Eric Matthews aka Garys Gang. I just recorded Tavares Greatest hits. Summer of 94 was an amazing summer. I refused to go to Woodstock and relive the past. The future was wide open and my friends and I put together our own tour. The plan was to drive from Long Island to see friends at Syracuse University, than make our way to go rock climbing for the first time and than go to Lolla at Saratoga Springs. After Lolla we drove all the way down to New Jersey to go see Steve Winwood and Traffic open for the Grateful Dead. Lollapalooza Saratoga Springs. WOW!!!! What a day. I was with 10 of my best friends. 4 of us just graduated and I was ready to live the dream. LSD was still huge back than and we were all on some. However it started to rain cats and dogs (this was not a hallucination lol) The 5 hits I had in my pocket were going to get ruined so I decided to eat them all!!! My friends watched me throw them all in my mouth and my girlfriend at the time said dont eat them all so I ripped them in half and threw the other half in her mouth. We were a fun loving crew. Professional Recreational we called ourselves. Tribe Called Quest was amazing When the down pour happened we watched The Breeders under cover on the bleechers watching all the kids go crazy. I cant remember if the Breeders opened for George Clinton or vice versa but this is what happened... The sun came out and I ended up crowd surfing. I made my way to the stage and got thrown over the rail. Security was kind enough to escort me back to the entrance way. However in my eager to work in the business acid filled mind lol I thought it would be a great idea to crowd surf back to the front and if security wasnt paying attention (which they werent) I could get backstage. Which of course is what happened. Now I am backstage. There must be a production office somewhere. Sure enough I found production walked in and found two girls with walkie talkies. I spoke with them and told them how I just graduated college and would love to get a job traveling as an assistant engineer. What is the sound guys name and how can I meet him? They told me and said of course he was out in the center of the field (duhh where else would a sound guy be?) I said thank you for your time and walked out of the office!!!! They didnt even ask me if I had passes. As I was walking around I ran into Gary Schneider guitar player for George Clinton he was near his trailer smoking a joint was kind enough to share it with me. We smoked talked about how great the show was. I told him how I got back there and what my dreams were and he said to me Kid theres only one way to go in this business and its to pave your own way. I said thanks and we shook hands and I was about to leave. As I was about to leave The Beastie Boys were walking besides me on their way to the stage. They were cool said whats up and we all walked onto the stage together!!! Everyone in production watched us walk on together. I hung out side stage and rocked out for the first 4 songs until finally someone asked me Where are you passes? I replied oh I left them in production. He said you need to go get them. I said no problem. I walked off the back of the stage with the happiest shit eaten acid grin on my face because I cant believe that I just pulled this all off. My energy was soooooo high that I made my way back through the crowd saying get ready, get ready, here it comes,, because I just knew that the next song was going to be SABOTAGE! Sure enough Mike D dropped the bassline and I was dead center crowdsurfing and moshing having the time of my life. When the Beasties were over I found my friends and told them what just happened. They all laughed their asses off. We also caught I think the Flaming Lips and Verve a few of the side stage acts. I had seen Smashing Pumpkins open for Pearl Jam who opened for Red Hot Chilli Peppers for their Blood Sugar Sex Magic tour. My Beastie Boys experience was so intense, they totally stole the show. Beasties blew Pumpkins off the stage that show. We all had fun and got home safe. Slept and made our way back to Giants Stadium in the am to see Winwood and the Dead. That was the last time I saw Jerry Garcia. I moved to LA and almost exactly a year later from when I saw the dead, Jerry died. It was the end of an era. Oddly enough I landed a job as a casting director in LA. Hollywood life was fun but boring compared to NY. The only person I thought that was creative and lived in LA enough was Perry Farrell. I knew that if I could work and meet Perry that my life and career would change forever. My love and respect for what he has done w Janes Pyros and Lolla he / you are one of the most important people in the business. There are a lot of important people out there and he / you is definitely one of them. So Hallows Eve and Halloween 1996 what happens during production in the day? Set up and nobody knows who anybody is. I showed up with all my costumes and props walked right into the Mayan Theatre followed signs to the dressing room and said this is who I am, this is what I do Ill work for free. Archie Bell said thats cool smoke a joint? I said sure. Than he said you know the songs? I said hell yeah. Showed him some tricks, costumes he said your cool Ted all the dancers dance for free anyway so get in the cage. I guess good energy attracts good energy. My entire motto in life has been If you Dont ask you will never know. If you dont try you wont get anywhere. I became friends with a few of the guy in production and Lolla 1997 I was literally hanging in the truss above the stage watching Korn roll in on their low rider bikes. The kids kicked up so much dirt it was a giant dust ball. Korn and Tool Killed it that year too. I did some sidestage devil sticking. Was in the tent w Pyros for the private show and have to say that was another high light experience. No LSD for that show. lol. We all grow up eventually. There is a time and a place for everything. Professionalism is crucial and my reputation has been based on my reliability. See my website to see where I have gone.... www.ted-e.com Perry thanks. To everyone reading this hope you had a good laugh. I now am the host in charge of the dj booth and tech riders @ Pacha NYC. I just shot Americas Got Talent as well. I would love to come to Lolla and work for you all. Fly me out, put me in a hotel, and let me host in costume and do what I do. Give Love Get Love. Namaste Ted E 917 586 2078 Ted@ted-e.com
For my sister's 15th birthday, I did the proper thing as a big brother and took her to Lollapalooza'94 in Charleston, WV. This was her first concert. And what a mix it was- Strong lead in from Green Day! L7 rocked! George Clinton proved P-funk is NOT something you consult a eurologist for! Rap represented! Tribe' and the Beasties......on the unique side, Smashing Pumpkins did walk off stage complaning about debris flying through the air! the audience all raising middle fingers in a "bird fest!" Rock and Roll, rebellion, relaxin'.... great time. May well have added terrific insiration for my sister who is accredited tattoo artist Darcy Nutt. She's alsothe singer for Uzala, heavy metal from Boise! Nest year, back to shoreline in California for Lolla '95!
In 1994, I had just broken up with a very significant boyfriend and I heard through some acquaintances that they were needing some side stage acts. Being a full time entertainer, I hopped on board meeting a group of guys who would be playing doumbeks while I belly danced. The show itself went great. Not only getting to dance at Lollapalooza, but having five drummers accompanying me. Afterwards we were able to roam free throughout the concert with our passes, and sit in the vip section to watch the rest of the bands who of course were awesome. It was definitely a highlight in my concert performing experience. The only image I have in unfortunately in my head, unless someone out there was taking photos.
I know this might be inappropriate in this day and age and I certainly wouldn't want my children to be anything like I was when I was a kid, but I always think this story is funny. Even though the lineup was pretty good, my friends and I were a little psychedelic back in '94 so we were most excited to see The Verve. We dropped a little psychedelic enhancement and peaked just in time for what seemed like the most awesome show ever! Unfortunately, we couldn't come down and it made the rest of the acts seem kinda lousy. Especially Smashing Pumpkins. It just seemed like a lot of screaming, which, in retrospect, Billy Corgan does have a tendency to do. We decided to leave before their set had ended, as many others must have done as well because Billy was pleading for everyone to return and damning us when we didn't. On the ride home, I kept asking my friend to slow down his driving on I75. Over and over, telling him, "I know it's me, but could you just slow down a little more". Eventually, he had me lean over to view the cluster and show me he had been driving 35 mph in a 75 mph zone with the hazzards on. Finally we get to my apartment. I make him promise to "be cool" as to not arouse suspicion with my girlfriend at the time of our drug usage. However, we walk in the door to find her and her friend watching National Lampoon's Vacation. We lost it and we were busted.
My friend, Kim was a medic and was scheduled to work Lollapalooza '94 at Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN (it's final year here). She was able to bring me and her boyfriend at the time free! We all split up and went our separate ways; Kim performed her duties of taking care of those with heat stroke, bumps and bruises, etc. We would meet up occasionally under the main stage which was where most of the triage was going on. While under the stage, The Beastie Boys were pushing their gear up on stage. I was about 10-15 feet from that area talking to Kim and Steve, and saw Billy Joe look over our way....I flashed the peace sign to him, and he flashed the peace sign back to me! The other memorable thing that happened (besides being able to see some of the greatest bands of that period) was watching the finale Smashing Pumpkins sitting on the rails in front of the main stage platform (yes, I climbed up and was able to sit there for like two of the songs before someone in security pulled me off) mere feet from the band! I'm hoping to go again soon, maybe this year will be the year to go since I'm not too far from Chicago! CHEERS! Lisa
Grunge rock juggernauts Nirvana were initially scheduled to headline Lollapalooza’s 1994 tour alongside The Smashing Pumpkins and the Beastie Boys, but the band pulled out on April 17th. The following day, frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle. Using the music and community of the festival to help fans process the tragedy, Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, made appearances at multiple festival dates, performing songs and speaking to audiences about her late husband.
An early adopter of the hard-hitting genre, hip-hop acts featured prominently at this year’s festivities, providing a counter-balance to alternative and rock acts on the bill. Latino rappers Cypress Hill featured on the side stage, while the seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and Brooklyn’s legendary Beastie Boys both had main stage berths. George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars also featured on the main stage, Lollapalooza’s nod to the trailblazing old schoolers that laid the groundwork for hip-hop.
Keeping it interesting, Lolla activities included virtual reality rides and interactive computer displays, ideas founder Perry Farrell had been trying to incorporate into the festival in previous years. A third stage featured poetry readings and a dance troupe of Tibetan monks. Showing that ladies can rock just as hard as the men, the tour also featured more female artists than previous years, including The Breeders, L7, and Shonen Knife.
Lollapalooza ‘94 holds the record for being the longest tour at 43 dates.
In the midst of turning the music world on its head, Green Day joined Lolla for its second half, also making an appearance at Woodstock ‘94 where bassist Mike Dirnt was injured by a security guard after being mistaken for a fan. Due to the injury, the band was forced to withdraw from Lollapalooza’s Miami date for some emergency dental work.