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My mom & aunt took my friend and I to the DC / MD / VA show - I was only 11 and it was my first festival. So happy that I was able to enjoy this amazing event before the touring version ended.
Some guy was showing off his homemade "courtney **** me for heroin and kurt watched" shirt that morning. When Hole went on, he was right up front, yelling at the stage and showing his shirt off. "Take that **** off!" She yelled in the mic. When he wouldn't, she got off the stage and started whaling on him until the security pulled her off. He was bleeding from the head and face. Fun times.
I was with Greg Demos and the rest of Guided by Voices that corn field in Indy tto see them play the second stage and do some watching. After their set Pete and the table were running out of shirts. Demos and I went out to the car for more. He was still overheated from the show, all red faced and sweating. As we were gathering T's we were approached by "security" inquiring about our merchandise and accussed of us bootlegging. When I began showing him our lamenants, he became aggressive, and I was forced to go into panic mode. I pulled back to backstage long enough to load Toby, Bobby, Pete and Greg into the car and hit the interstate back to Dayton. Not sure what was going on, but but it spooked me bad. I am well trained in reading body language and registering possible responses. Plus, I am from the South. Racists have a twitchy, nasty stinch, that I am all to familiar with. Indiana is lowsy with them. I went back and spent a year and a half in Indiana after that. That place is crawling with a wide variety of sick and twisted individuals. If you have anything that you may have seen that day and think might be of importance or interest, Please email me directly with reference to this post in the subject line. Thanks Boone
Amazing day. I remember Courtney screaming at a guy in the front to take off his t-shirt. I always thought it had Kurt's face on it. But someone else shared that it said 'I f*cked Courtney for heroin and Kurt Watched'. She went completely nuts and dove off the stage into the crowd to attack the guy. Also remember earlier in the day my friend telling me we had to go to the second stage to see Moby. Had never heard of him before. He blew me away. I danced my ass off. Wish I could remember Sonic Youth. I loved them so much. I think I was too wasted to remember anything else.
Boundary-busting art-rockers Sonic Youth headline the 29 dates of Lollapalooza 1995. In a nod to the tragic events of 1994, Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love’s band Hole joined the tour along with breakout Latino hip-hoppers Cypress Hill.
Other ladies loomed large in Lolla’s 1995 tour, too. Riding a wave of music industry buzz, the Brit-rock bombshells in Elastica replaced Sinead O’Connor, who was forced to pull out from the festival due to pregnancy. And over at the second stage fans could catch punk rock godmother Patti Smith and a young Blonde Redhead.
Even as the age of Alternative was coming to an end and musical tastes were changing with the advent of the Internet and an influx of new, independent artists, Lollapalooza ‘95 garnered critical praise for its balance of new talent and old. Did we mention that Beck – about to blow minds with the release of Odelay – rocked the main stage?
Courtney Love’s interesting behavior generated some memorable stories from the stable of artists. Specifically with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, who razzed her for riding a limo to certain dates on the tour, (something Love maintained only happened once) and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, who ended up in a backstage boxing match with the famously eccentric chanteuse.