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Hi, I was at the Lollapalooza 1996 in Quebec City with all my freinds wile in the lineup we were all exited to get in and the local news camera came by to film the line-up and ask some questions for the late info news. We've watched all shows (Rancid, Ramones Metallica and more...) all day and nigth big party and fun. The next morning everybody was calling us to watch the news we were film in the line-up high up in the rails looking like shimpanze in a zoo. Poeple are still bringning this from time to time. Best party ever Lollapalooza 1996
i'm 25 yrs old(in 1996) and me and my wife are party'n hard prior to leaving for the concert. The chemicals are flowing freely thru our veins as we hit the road and head for West Virginia. The drive will take us approx. 2 hrs and we're wide open, havin fun the entire roadtrip. We close in on our destination, our directions say one more turn and we'll ride straight for parking. My wife is sittin shot-gun singin and laughin, and all of a sudden space opens up to accomadate the festivities we're about to partake. There is freakin people everywhere, thousasnds and thousands of people. Helicopters are flyin above us, there is uniforms and brass everywhere. Suddenly the singin and laughin stops. I look at my wife, no smile, no words comin from her mouth. Finally she says, "nope, no fuckin way i'm goin in there." She was freakin and paranoid but there was no doubt in her voice. She dropped me off near the gate, and all i saw was tail lights. Thousands of people and not one familiar face. I spent the entire day and night playin with myself. We have now been married 20 yrs and i still find myself playin with myself. Thanks J&J "legalize it"
We drove from Chicago for what seemed like forever, passing the locals watching from their front porches. We parked in a mowed-down field, and there it was-- The Winnebago County Fairgrounds. We came to see Metallica, but were treated to Soundgarden, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, and many others. I was crowd surfing during Rancid when I was either dropped or kicked by a fellow surfer. It was terribly hot, but the memory of the best Lollapalooza ever is priceless!
Some friends and I traveled to Des Moines Iowa from Wisconsin to see Lollapalooza in the summer of 1996. It was the summer after we graduated high school and it was the last time I really hung out with these friends. What I remember most is barely sleeping the night before and how hot it was out. I was so tired and hot that I somehow fell asleep in a cool down tent while Rancid was playing. I remember I was still able to get up close to see Soundgarden and Metallica. Back then it seemed like it was alot easier to get close to the stage even if you got there late. I remember alot of people throwing pizza cardboard things around during the Soundgarden set and they ended up cutting their set short. I didn't think they sounded very good either. By the time Metallica came on everyone was so tired after being in the heat all day so the crowd wasn't that into it, but it was still a great show. It was a great time being there, I wish I could do it again but it is well out of my budget now I have a family.
The year before, I met a guy 10 years younger than I. He was 21 and I was 31, and I had 3 kids. I was entering a new chapter in my life. I was getting divorced and had just re-entered the club scene. I went to Lollapalooza in Rockingham, NC and it was so much bigger than the club concerts I went to! When Rage Against the Machine were performing, the crowd became WILD! I'm only 4 ' 11 " tall and didn't weigh much then, and my boyfriend was afraid I'd get squished! He lifted me up and all of a sudden, hundreds of hands went up and moved me to the front of the crowd by the fence in front of the stage. There, the security guards helped me over the fence and showed me the way to a safer area! I will never forget the "floating" feeling I had as hundreds of fellow, unknown fans steered me towards the stage! Oh...and that fella and I are still together!!!
Once again fearlessly courting controversy, Lollapalooza 96’s positioning of Metallica in the tour’s headlining slot marked a ballsy break from the festival’s “alternative” roots. Due in part to difficulties locating venues (some communities feared the face-melting rock of Lolla’s heavy-metal headliner), the traveling festival mounted its shorter tour, playing only 22 dates. Alt-rockers still represented, though, with several artists from past years reprising their appearances including Soundgarden, the Violent Femmes and Rage Against The Machine.
With the Metallica booking grabbing headlines, it went largely unnoticed that a third “Indie” stage had been added, featuring under-the-radar acts like Korn, who would go on to shake up the world of modern metal. Beside the kickboxing Shaolin Monks on the main stage, Lollapalooza 1996 actually featured one of the most varied lineups in the festival’s history, putting artists as different as Devo, Soul Coughing, Cornershop, and even country legend Waylon Jennings on the bill.
Playing host to the end of an era, punk rock legends The Ramones blitzkrieged their second-to-last bop at the festival’s August 4th date in Irvine, California.