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My two best friend along with my boyfriend and I were stoked to be going to Lolapalooza in Knoxville Tn the summer of 96! My boyfriend and I rode separately from James & his buddy & of course never managed to locate them in the massive crowd, as this was before everyone had a cell phone at all times. So after an amazing day of killer jams the show ended with Soundgarden followed by Metallica. We were making our way through the crowded grounds still high from the amazing show & polishing off whats left of our sodas when we spot a randy couple beside a concession booth, on the ground going at it like rabbits! The girl was on top of him & all we could see of the guy was his feet. Feeling mischievous, if not down right wicked, we pitched our ice on the couple, shouting, "Get a room!" We couldn't imagine anyone missing one second of the show to make it on the ground!! The next day James & I are eager to discuss our experiences & bitch that we never seen each other. James starts telling me about the girl he hooked up with on the ground during the last show, Metallica, by a booth. I said, "Dude, were you wearing your Chuckys?" "Yeah, why?" James asked. " I tossed ice on you on the way out!" I replied. "THAT WAS YOU?" he exclaimed. We didn't know we had even crossed paths that night but ended up sharing a funny story of unlikely odds and one compromising position!!
I was 17 and bought tickets for four friends. We went with my sister who also brought three friends after winning tickets from 92.3 KROCK NY. This was an event like no other and many a concert has never compared to the festival experience we enjoyed that day and evening. The headliners were Wu Tang Clan and Metallica and I have to say that the crowd was rowdy in anticipation of both. As Wu Tang was on stage, my girlfriend and a buddy of mine were moshing near the front when the crowd started throwing bottles at Wu Tang and screaming for Metallica to get on stage. It was getting intense and next thing you knew, Redman was hit with a bottle. He jumped off the stage and kicked my friend in the arm and during the chaos someone kicked my girlfriends tooth out. They both staggered back to where I and the rest were seated with giant grins on there face. My buddy had a huge boot print on his arm from Method Man and the first thing he said was “Dude, take a picture of this! This is awesome!” . My girl was equally stoked and barely noticed her missing tooth due to the powerful energy of the crowd and the music. That was an amazing night to remember. We saw some of the best bands of the times as well as important acts like the Ramones. This was the peak of the 90’s musical revolution and it appropriately ended with lighters in the air for Metallica. A cross of two musical genres and the end of an amazing revolution. It was a night that all eight of us will never forget.
Out of all the concerts I attended I remember this one like it was yesterday. I was 14 years old and my best friend was 13. His parents brought us cause we was some big Rage Against the Machine fans. We was able to get in the front against the bracade but off to the side. Rocking out head banging wishing we could go crowd surfing. All you smelled was weed(we thought cigeretts) once Rage came up played for a few then all of a sudden some guy went and pull the flag from under the drum set and stop the show for a little while. After they continued to play. SoundGarden and Metallica played that year also. Was great and will be talking about the concert for the rest of my life.
As a 35th birthday present to Myself, and to celebrate being newly divorced, I bought tickets to this event. This type of "Shendig" was a first for me. I wasn't sure just what to expect and remember being a lil worried about going, not knowing what to expect, which is also why I wouldnt take my 11 yr old daughter, who really wanted to attend. Instead, My best friend, Karen, and Jeffrey, my 17 yr old son were going with me. My son was really into the featured performers. I had heard only of Sound Garden and of course, Metallica, which is why I bought tickets. The event was awesome!! People of all ages, race & sex. Kinda what I think Woodstock must of been like. I seen many bodies passed out from..(probably the heat, humidity is high in WVA) and a whole lotta fans enjoying themselves. I was in awe trying to take it all in. We listened to the different performers at different stages. My son actually got in a Mosh Pit and had the time of his life. And we were right there in front for Metallica. (Being worried about what to expect was unwarranted.) My son passed away 5/8/99 of drug posioning. Sharing Lollapalooza with my son in '96 and watching him have the greatest of times is a memory I will always carry with me.
Hottest day ever and everyone was drinking bottled water. Metallica took the stage and everyone decided to throw those bottles in the air.... One of the coolest things i have ever seen!!!!
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.