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I remember it like it was yesterday.. The sun was shining, the weather was gorgeous out, and Bloc Party was just getting started. I made my way to the stage as quickly as possible once I realized they were about to start. My friend Reno and I had pretty good spots but like any concert goer you want to get as close as possible. So, we started pushing our way forward and ended up creating a "train" everyone started grabbing on to us and i started yelling "woo woo, all aboard!" and ofcourse the occasional "butt-scratcher!" next thing I know there is a line behind almost as long as the crowd which ofcourse did not last long at all! eventually we got stuck and couldn't get any further so there was one thing left to do, if you can't got through, go over! Reno without a moments hesitation, lifted me up and the people just grabbed me, mind you I may be 5'9 but i was also only just shy of 130 pounds so its not hard to toss me around, and the timing couldn't of been better because my favorite song "banquet" started playing. it was a moment of pure bliss. I had nearly forgotten that I was being tossed back and forth getting closer and closer to the front of the stage! i was just looking at the stage and singing the lyrics as loud as possible! Suddenly I came up to what me and my friend call 'Pockets' which is a group of people that decide to sit in a circle inside of large crowds creating a hole. which I inevitably fell into onto some very angry bystanders. After a few seconds of thrashing, cursing, and slapping I got back to my feet and proceeded to bounce around the hands of the crowd. I spent nearly the entire set of Bloc Party up there and I think i had the best spot of the whole crowd. Lallapalooza has still to this day has been the single most amazing experience of my life. I guess you can say i've lived somewhat of a sheltered life. I dont have much money and dont get out much, so i sit indoors most of the time and do what I love most, listen to music! So the chance to go to something like Lallapalooza was a life changing experience, all the faces and music and energy was something equivalent to enlightenment that year. This year would be even more exciting because of one person, and that person is Deadmau5! His music is something that inspires me, but unfortunately Im not sure if im going to get the chance to see him. being unemployed in this tough economy isn't the best if you want to purchase a $90 ticket let alone a $215 3 day pass... I know my story may not be the "Best" but to me nothing can beat the experience of Lallapalooza its a place where society doesn't matter, its a whole different universe as soon as you walk through that gate and its nothing but pure happiness, excitement and adventure from there. if I don't have the best story, I certainly have the best mood!! :) I just wish I had Pictures or video to share. I want to see Deadmau5 perform more then anything and unfortunately he only comes to Chicago for Lallapalooza, which at the moment I can't afford.. If not.. there's always next year right? P.S. (I left some contact info below) - Jarrad Cox Bourbonnais IL, 60914 Jarrad422@gmail.com 815-954-5577
Hello Perry and Friends, In 2008, I was being treated for stage 3 breast cancer. That year, Lollapalooza started on the day of my 8th and final chemo treatment. Once I was done with my last treatment I did what any Lollapalooza lifer would do, I took a cab right from the hospital directly to gates of Lollapalooza and celebrated life with thousands of revelers for 3 days. I wasn't able to do much, but I soaked in all the love, peace and joy! Every year now, I celebrate the birthday of my second chance at life at Lollapalooza - dancing and singing. What a joy life can be! Thank you for throwing me the best Celebration of Life party a survivor could ask for! May your Good Karma Cup overflow for all of your days! Jill Jill Tondu - 773-544-9592, Chicago, IL
I had been back home in Michigan following my freshmen year of college out in New York City, when I saw the line-up for Lollapalooza 2008. I had never been to a concert before, nor had I been to Chicago before, but the line-up was too hard to resist. I was not able to make it to the festival till midway through Saturday, and in fact I got lost in the city trying to find Grant Park. My train had been 4 hours late, and by the time I got to the festival, I was only able to catch the end of Lupe Fiasco's set. But I didn't care. I was there that night for one band, and one band only: Rage Against the Machine. I was a college football player, so every week before a game I would listen to all of my Rage songs on my iPod. Again, I had never been to a concert before, so I was constantly looking around the area in awe at the amount of people there having fun and listening to good music. I met up with a friend who was going to school in Chicago, and she couldn't help buy laugh at how amazed I was at the experience. As the sun began to set on that beautiful evening in early August, I glanced behind me to see a seemingly endless crowd of people gathered to share the show with me. All of a sudden, the sirens began to blare from the main stage, and as the giant red star began to rise, the crowd went absolutely nuts. I still get goosebumps thinking back on that moment. I have never had my adrenalin reach a level anywhere close to that, even after completing four years of college football. Upwards of 70,000 people, including myself, had joined together and were ready to let out the frustration and anguish of a generation entering the work world at a time of great economic despair. While the energy level boiled over several times, I still have nothing but positive memories from the show. From the heart-pounding intro of "Testify" to the speech Zach de la Rocha gave in the middle of "Wake Up," I look at that show as the moment that I realized I was on the verge of entering the real world, as well as creating a desire inside me to view as much live music as I can.
Before attending Lollapalooza '08, the last thing on my mind was love. All I wanted was to have a relaxing, stress-free weekend at Millennium Park with good food, good drinks, great company, and fabulous music. Little did I know, I would get all of those things and more. My girl friend Casey and I met up with four of her brother's friends just outside of the park on Friday, August 1. We made our introductions with Bryan, EJ, Adam, and Sean and we promptly proceeded to the AT&T stage where we would camp out all day until Radiohead's appearance. Armed with a multitude of water bottles, sunscreen, and schedules for all, we were prepared to withstand the elements (why is it that Lolla almost always seems to take place on the hottest weekend of the year?) and protect our stake-out spot from throngs of rowdy fans. In between sets by Noah and the Whale, Yeasayer, Gogol Bordello (what an insanely energetic group of guys!), and Bloc Party we all had plenty of time to get to know one another. We shared stories about college and our respective study-abroad experiences, revealed our favorite musicians, and played card games. The guys kept Casey and I entertained with their typical antics and boyish charms and, despite my usual shyness, I felt completely at ease. These boys were intelligent, articulate, and hilarious. There was something about Sean in particular that made me feel comfortable and…safe. Radiohead was certainly worth the wait and we couldn't have been more pleased by their performance or by our killer spot near the stage. The light show was incredible and 'All I Need' was pretty magical. Yet that day was only the first of what would, in total, amount to a legendary 3-day weekend. In my memory, the next two days are a bit of a blur. All I know is that I've never rocked so hard in my entire life. I've never had a better time dancing than I did with Sean, Adam, and Casey during Sharon Jones and the Dap King's performance. I've never been sweatier than I was amidst the crazy, frenetic, undulating audience at Girl Talk's set. I've never laughed harder than I did in the aftermath of a Rage Against the Machine mosh pit, when Casey lost her sandals only to have a friendly security guard bequeath to her a free pair of crocs on our way out of the park. And I've never been more determined to run from one side of Millennium Park to the other, as when we ran from Kanye West's stage to Nine Inch Nails' stage (it's always so sad when you want to see two headliners at once!) All in all, that weekend was one of the best weekends of my life. Last year, Sean and I celebrated our two-year anniversary at Lolla, on August 6, 2010. I love this music festival more than any other festival, not just because it takes place in my hometown or because it always promises an amazing lineup, but also because it’s the reason I have Sean in my life. We've been together almost three years now and I don't know what I would do without him. He gives me so much strength. In January, I was offered a Marketing job in Los Angeles, CA and I decided to go only because Sean said he'd love to move with me. Now, here we are in sunny California and life together couldn't be better. (Unless maybe we had some help getting ourselves back home for Lolla '11!) So thank you Lollapalooza. For the music, for the memories, and for my man.
I'd been to Lolla 1997 and 2003 before this, and the camaraderie in this one was top-notch, as were the bands. Took the train from Austin, TX just to go to this show and liked it so much I returned the following year. No regrets whatsoever
Selling out for the first time since its 2005 re-launch and playing to 225,000 fans over three days, Lollapalooza’s 2008 lineup was one for the ages. Olympian brit-rockers Radiohead rocked the main stage, along with legacy acts like Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine, pulling in fans from many different musical backgrounds. Both the Radiohead and RATM sets packed Grant Park like never before - with fans watching from the stage front all the way back to Buckingham fountain. Hip-hop icon Kanye West became the first solo artist – and third artist overall, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction – to headline the festival multiple times.
Over at the Kidzapalooza stage, artists like festival founder Perry Farrell performed alongside Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash, and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy paid a visit, playing a solo acoustic set of Wilco songs to over 500 parents and their children.
This banner year for Lolla also featured the debut of Perry’s, an area that would become a festival staple in the years to come. An anchor point for electronica, hip-hop, and DJ acts, its debut brought together popular artists such as DJ AM, Flosstradamus, and VHS or Beta, demonstrating Lollapalooza’s flair for anticipating fan’s fare.