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I was 17 and in the height of my experimentation period, so re-reading this lineup was sort of a surprise to me (Beck was there??) We had a huge group with blankets and water bottles, and Sandstone Amphitheater was in its hay day. There was heated debate as to whether the upper lawn was better, where you could chill, recline, and dance around, or whether the seats at the front were where it was at since the energy was more intense and you could actually see the band. I guess we all agreed on the seats toward the end of Prodigy's set, since nearly the entire lawn stormed the lower sections in a giant mosh-pit rush. No matter how altered anyone there was, I don't think it's possible to forget the incredible shows that Tool and Prodigy put on that night. Still two of the best sets I've ever seen in my life, and I've been around! Can't wait for 2012 ...
We drove around 5 or 6 hours to get to the Lollapalooza around Indianapolis. The lineup says it was Noblesville or something like that. We had no air conditioning in the car and we kept worrying that we would break down, especially when we reached the traffic going to the concert. We finally made it and we were stoked. The most vivid thing I remember was Snoop Dogg coming out and talking about Tupac. At the time, no one could believe that he was really dead. I kept thinking that Tupac would come out on stage any minute and just say, "Hey, just kidding! Here I am!" That's how vividly and animatedly Snoop Dogg spoke of him, like he had to be right there with us. And who knows, maybe he was, but he never did come out on that stage....I remember it like it was just yesterday.
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My sister took me for my 21st, it was Great Seeing a line up like this Snoop and Tool topped it off for me. Takeing a hit tok by tok with Snoop will be somthing I'll never forget.
Conscious of fans' changing tastes and the exploding popularity of electronica, Lollapalooza 1997 featured an assembly of cutting-edge and popular artists to spotlight the exciting new styles. Festival organizers booked ambient techno pioneers Orbital, Britain’s big beat superstars Prodigy (who’s hit “Smack My Bitch Up” was enjoying trans-Atlantic chart success), and trip-hop pioneer Tricky, among others, to headline beside rock bands like Tool and rap sensation Snoop Doggy Dogg.
The last year before the festival went on hiatus, festival founder Perry Farrell joined forces once again with the William Morris Agency to provide direction in the face of uncertain days ahead for both Lollapalooza and the music industry as a whole. With critics in the press starting to mount and fan attention splintering, Lolla would lay low for the next five years. Temporarily down, but definitely not out.
Due to the brutal murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. and East Coast-West Coast tensions, Snoop Dogg cancelled his 1997 tour. Instead, he joined the Lollapalooza tour – traveling between all festival stops in a bulletproof van.