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I've been a huge music fan my entire life, unfortunately I'm a talentless dude when it comes to play any instrument (believe me, I tried everything) so I had to settle with just being a big fan. I am a from Costa Rica, a small country in Central America, so the chances of me seeing my favorites bands live are minimal, while I was in high school there was no way my mom would pay for me to go to any shows or festivals in the States so as soon as I graduated from high school and started working y decided to save up every year to go to shows in the States. My first choice was, of course, Lollapalooza 2003, it was an incredible experience, but not my best lolla story. In 2006 I decided to take a rock tour, it started with Lollapalooza in Chicago, then Warped Tour in Charlotte, NC and Ozzfest in Raleigh, NC all during the same week. I went by myself and arrived in Chicago the Wednesday before lolla. After some sightseeing on Thursday afternoon I went and check-out Grant Park, all the stages were getting ready and you were still able to walk around, that's when I spotted a golf cart, I realized it was Perry and his lovely wife Etty, I ran as fast as I could and was able to talk to him, give him an album of one of my friends band from Costa Rica and even got a ride in their golf cart, it was awesome! Thanks Perry :) After that festival I've been to Coachella a couple of times, and Lolla 08-09 and planning to go back this august in 2011 but nothing compares to me getting a ride from Perry. I was able to take some cool vids of the festival, specially the one with the link I've submitted here, check out when Jared from 30 Seconds to Mars comes to the audience.
Encouraged by the success of its debut as a single-destination festival the previous year, Lollapalooza 2006 brought a major expansion in the size of the festival, greatly expanding the area it would utilize in Chicago’s Grant Park and giving fans extra room to stretch out.
Lollapalooza’s new focus on independent artists hit a bulls-eye with audiences as the festival began to attract (and re-attract) more concertgoers in their 20s. The 2006 line-up deftly reflected their interests, with prominent stage slots going to indie darlings The Shins, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket, as well as a handful of world-famous headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Further expanding the draw of the festival was a deep lineup of hip-hop acts like Kanye West, Common, Blackalicious and Lyrics Born. Artists from many other genres made appearances in the festival’s largest lineup ever (over 130 artists), including the Spanish reggae of Manu Chao and the Top 40 country-folk of Nickel Creek.
Debuting in 2006, Lollapalooza’s Rock & Recycle program became an instant success with fans, recruiting festival goers to help pick up discarded recyclables for free festival T-shirts. But this was just the tip of the environment-conscious iceberg for Lolla...
Hip-hop dominated the Saturday line-up at Lollapalooza ’96. Common, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and Tonedeff performed, while Chicago native son Kanye West filled the headlining slot. He capped off his set with “Touch the Sky” – and about 60,000 joined him.