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I was 11 years old when my mom took me to Lollapalooza 95. We slept in her beat up old datsun the day before and the night of the show. This was at the Gorge in Washington so we had to camp. Driving from home wasn't an option. My mom was really excited to see Hole and Cypress hill (My mom loves weed). I was most excited about Beck. A few sets before Beck came on stage I saw this guy walking around the festival with a hoody on and being followed around by a bunch of people. I got a glimps of his face and it was Beck Hansen! I introduced myself and he was very nice and quiet. I still see alot of live music. I just got back from Sasquatch. My mom is still the same she is kinda a hippie. I have changed alot, I am all grown up and have a great career and family. But my mom raised me to always make time for live music and all other forms of art. I will never forget all the concerts she brought me to especially lollapalooza 95
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.