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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!!!!
My buddy got us jobs as "Security", as his aunt was one of the event coordinators. We did "maybe" a half an hour of work TOTAL. I remember Metallica just being INSANE!! AND to this day I am bummed because I was not much of a Soundgarden fan at the time, and of course know they're one of my all time favorites!! LIve and learn!
I remember this concert as one of my first venues to see groups that were ever so famous on tv and radio. headlineing by metallica with the chance to see past bands i only heard as a child.. the line up was great. i was too young to go into detail but a memory i did have.. was the concert haveing to be stopped for an hour. due to high winds n rain.. the stage looked like itta fall over.. but it didnt. and metallica played RAIN OR SHINE!!! this lead. to what became a full life of concert. goings. and seeing bands for the first. time...
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.