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My friends and I attended the Phoenix stop of this tour. It was incredibly hot, but it didn't phase me, because it was my birthday weekend and we were stoked to see many of the bands on this line-up. As soon as we walked into the venue, J-5 was rocking it on stage, and it just got better and better as the day went on. I loved Incubus' set, but my highlight was Audioslave. Arriving to the show, I never thought about them much, but as soon as they started- I realized what I was experiencing: the awesome voice of SG + the explosive band of RATM. Duh! I was blown away! My friend got to the front and told me that when he was watching Chris sing he thought he was looking at jesus...LOL.
Went to the Cincy show at Riverbend Music Center. For some reason they decided to lay down fresh sod on the lawn before the show and had half of it roped off. Ha did they really expect that to last? A few individuals hopped the fence during Queens of the Stone Age only to get tackled by security, but as soon as Go with the Flow started, the whole crowd plowed the fence and stormed the lawn. It rained fresh sod! Also saw a hammered-drunk Steve-O piss in a beer cup while signing autographs and offered the first person to drink the 'Steve-o-weiser' the chance to go to his trailer a smoke a joint with him. Someone actually freakin did it.
Following a five-year hiatus, organizers and promoters brought Lollapalooza back to life for a daring return-to-form. Having learned a few hard lessons from 1997's over-reliance on electronica-heavy headliners, Lolla swung back hard to good old rock and roll, roping in mainstream progressive and hard rock acts like Audioslave, Incubus, A Perfect Circle and Queens of the Stone Age. The icing on the cake: Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell’s band Jane’s Addiction reunited again for Lollapalooza’s 2003 reboot. Headliners Jurassic 5 held down things on the hip-hop end.
Lollapalooza's new, improved midway amplified the festival experience, with video game competitions, interactive wireless kiosks, exotic foods and art. In an attempt to recapture the social responsibility and freewheeling ways that made its debut successful, the festival’s World of Just (Be)Causes featured local and national nonprofits addressing a range of social issues, with a marked focus on alternative energies, one of festival founder Farrell’s pet interests.
No stranger to scandal, Lolla got some big buzz when Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle made out at Rolling Stone photo shoot, putting the nail in the coffin of Dalle’s marriage to Rancid guitarist Tim Armstrong.