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When that Lollapalooza tour started Green Day wasn't known too well but by the time they got to Carson City that opening band was huge! We got there early and were in the front of the crowd. Once it started the moshing began, I got hit on the head by a crowd surfer, got pushed to the ground and stepped on and ended up with scrapes all over my body, I got blasted in the face with a water hose meant to cool down the crowd. Beaten up, bruised, soaking wet, I still managed to get myself on stage when Billie Joe asked if anyone wanted to come up there and "square dance." Several of us got up there but everyone froze except one guy, and me. We danced like mad spinning and moshing and 'do si do'ing. Someone was filming it back stage. I almost want to see it like a train wreck because I know it wasn't pretty.
I went out to the LV show. I saved up for months and drove out with a friend. We had both just graduated from High School. We then also went to the FDR park show in philly. This Lolla is when I realized that the organizers and I had very similar taste in music. Becasue I had gotten out of my punk and more inot my funk and so did you all. I also got to meet Adam Horiwitz on an elevator in LV. Which was really neat. I recognized him cause he was with Ioni Sky. This Lolla is where I feel in love with Shudder to Think and Guided by Voices.
Going in to Lollapalooza a single man, I never thought I would be meeting my soulmate. I met Carolina, my wife, at Lollapalooza 1994. I was so entranced with her image and the way she held herself that I did not even know who was playing that day. We met and I instantly knew that this could be the girl I marry. It sounds cliche, but when you love someone as much as I do, you know it is real. I have never really thought that if it weren't for Lollapalooza I wouldn't be the same person that I am today. So I thank you oh so very much. The last time I went to Lollapalooza was the day I met Carolina. I just wish the same luck that I had to my son and all the young men and woman that go to Lollapalooza. It truly is a special place. Hey, who knows, I just might buy my son a ticket next year! Thanks, Dan
It was a sweltering day at then Pine Knob Music Center. Laid out on the grass with no shade whatsoever. The entire day was awesome, but when the Beastie Boys hit the stage, the entire place got turned on its head. Fires in the grassy area's, mosh pits from one side of the place to the next, and just an awesome experience. We left so burned we could barely move our legs to make it to the car (bad planning on our part :( ) But it was truly a memorable experience. Got the chance to see the Beasties a few years ago, and had an awesome time again. Their music, and their influence is timeless. The only other real musical experience I can recall was George Clinton. Glad to see Lolla still going strong after all these years. Keep it up Perry, we're still here :)
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.
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.