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LOLLAPALOOZA '96: THE FANS' REPORT
JULY 11, NEW YORK, NEW YORK


saperl@mit.edu
This is exactly the same as what I posted to the mailing list:

I'll just give my review of the second Randall's Island show (7/11) using quotes from Vikki's review of the previous day's show...

> The 55 minute set (in order of ALBUM)
>
> 1) Rusty Cage
> 2) Outshined
> 3) Searching With My Good Eye Closed
> 4) Drawing Flies
> 5) Let Me Drown
> 6) Mailman
> 7) Spoonman
> 8) Black Hole Sun
> 9) Fell On Black Days
> 10) Pretty Noose
> 11) Burden In My Hand
> 12) Ty Cobb

They didn't do "Drawing Flies." They did "Jesus Christ Pose" instead. <dancing the JCP dance of joy> That song made the set for me -- they ended with it, and Chris introduced it by saying, "This is where Matt gets his fucking workout." Kim left his guitar onstage feeding back as the band walked off. It was *really* good, by far the best in the set, and Matt was flawless.

The rest of the set was pretty good, if uninspired, though "Outshined" and "Mailman" weren't done very well. "Rusty Cage," especially the slow part, was great; it was one of the only times Chris really got into it, stomping around the stage. "Spoonman" was refreshingly heavy; I don't particularly enjoy the album version. "Black Hole Sun," on the other hand, sounds better with the rest of the band playing; Chris did it solo as he has for the whole tour, and it wasn't very exciting. The songs from DOTU were pretty straightforward, and Chris even threw in a cheese-metal move, spinning the mic stand around his head, at the beginning of "Ty Cobb."

Unfortunately, the band didn't seem interested, and neither did the crowd. Chris moved to the sides of the stage a few times, but mostly only left his post to change guitars. The only time Ben even began to lurch around was when they did the tracks from Badmotorfinger. :( Kim just looked bored, strumming away on his green Guild (I think it was a Guild; it looks just like the white one he plays all the time, except it was green).

For those interested in fashion, Chris wore his now-standard Lolla attire: the open black short-sleeve shirt with black jeans. Matt was in black shorts and a black shirt with the sleeves missing, Kim was in a black shirt and jeans, and Ben wore a white shirt and black jeans.

All of the equipment cases that were on stage were black, except for one on the far right-hand side of the stage, which was bright orange and had "HATER" spray-painted on it. Ben's collection of basses was sitting on top of it.

I spent much of my time protecting people smaller than me from flying mulletheads, who thought it amusing to "mosh" (read: throw each other around) during such fast-tempo rockers as "Black Hole Sun." Assholes.

While I was watching the Ramones (more on other bands below) earlier on the day, I saw Ben backstage. I was standing to the left of the stage, not wanting to be right in front until SG came on, so I could see past the side of the stage and into the restricted area. Anyway, I happened to look over, and about 20 feet past the gate was Ben, chatting with a security guard. I ran over and yelled Ben's name a few times, but couldn't get his attention. Hell, I couldn't even hear myself over the Ramones' sound.

A good show, and make sure you stick around for Metallica. Whatever you might think of their last two albums, their live performance was amazing, worthy of their Master of Puppets era.


health@haven.ios.com
SG on Day Two at Randall Island's ancient concrete and dust bowl in NYC sounded great. I was going to stay toward the back to avoid all the mosh pit crap. However, the lure of seeing SG up close at Lollapolloza was too great, so I ended up about 20- 40 feet from the stage, depending which way I was shoved, in the middle. Needless to say, mosh pits were breaking out everywhere. Most people aren't into it and just want to see SG play. However, the goofballs (10%) made it harder to watch the band and get into the groove without having to look over your shoulder for someone about to land on your head or cut your legs out from under you. What struck me about the moshers is that they seem to be oblivious the music and only want to crack heads with each other while annoying the hell out of everyone around them. Most people had to watch the band with their good one eye on the band and the other looking out for flying objects (not unlike the second song...Searching). SG played for one hour to the minute, no encore. From Down on the Upside, they played Pretty Noose, Burden in My Hand (both sounded heavier than the album) and Ty Cobb, which was energetic. From Superunknown they played, Spoonman, Drown Me, My Wave, Black Days, Mailman, and CC solo Black Hole Sun. From the incomparable Badmotorfinger, they played Searching With My Good Eye Closed, Rusty Cage, Outshinded, and Jesus Christ Pose. Every song was played note-for-note from the CD's. When they came out, they didn't seem that into it. KT looked out at the crowd, with those big bug-eyes like he was scared someone was gonna hurl something at him (see comments from July 10th show). A lot of stuff was being thrown around, but it wasn't until about a third of the way when a frisbee hit MC's kit. He got pissed, and motioned to CC to come over. CC then addressed the crowd by saying, "We came here to play some songs, not to have a bunch of as_holes though sh_t at us. If someone next to you throws sh_t up on the stage, elbow them in the face. I would, but none of the as_holes have the ba_ls to come up here on the stage." A few minutes later someone threw a tennis ball at BS, who promptly shot a stern glare and the finger at the perp. Fortunately that was it, I think they might have walked-off, if it kept up. CC held back a little when he sang the opening song, Spoonman, not ready to let his voice soar. As the show went on, CC started to open up and consistently hit all those high notes. CC was singing studio quality toward the end of the show with Rusty Cage and the unbelievable fevered pitch of the show closer Jesus Christ Pose. CC took off his unbuttoned shirt half-way through to reveal he's been drinking more coffee and doing less push-ups since his Hands All Over Days. But fear of a strained voice (SNL) was unaparent as he belted out the glass shattering vocals on Mailman and JCP and lower grinding vocals on Outshined. The only thing about the gig that was a negative for SG is that the show was during the light hours, so there was no light show nor was there an interesting stage set. They also had some technical problems, 3-4 times CC looked to the stage hands and pointed up, to tell them to bring up his vocals in the mix. He later complained about the PA, saying, "this PA sucks, but if you guys back there don't give a F_ck, then I guess I don't give a F_ck." A couple of times KT went over to his monitor to hear if his guitar was on. His mediocre leads didn't come through the mix to well, but they were not great loss, as the songs sounded great to those that knew them. Following SG was Metallica, which had the elevated drum kit, the lights, the backdrop, and explosions along with a much higher energy level, and no technical problems. Metallica is one part great songs, two parts meandering, headache inducing, fuzzbox on steroids. To the causual observer, SG was blown away by Metallica. However, to the SG fans who might read this, there was no comparing the music, the songs, and the detached coolness that is Soundgarden.


Rick_hunter@tunanet.com
These guys definitely got everyone ready for Metallica. They made instant believers out of me who was just looking to hear Black Hole Sun. Starting off with one of their more popular songs in Spoonman, their guitars were at peak ability. My Wave and Pretty Noose were some on their more hypnotic numbers. With Fell on Black Days, the crowds hearts seemed to race as their music got slower. I definitely give Soundgarden's set the #2 group of Lollapolooza, next to Metallica.


mpascuzzo@aol.com
well, this was my second lollaplooza and it sucked the second time around to. however, soundgarden rocked.


OJ425@AOL.COM
THE SHOW KICKED ASS


Sgarden666@aol.com
When we got to Randall's Island that day, we really just walked around and bought stuff. I was really just waiting for Soundgarden to come on. For a few hours we just sat on the bleachers listening to the music and drinking. Lollapallooza was really the first metal concert type thing I'd ever been to, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I wanted to stay away from the stage, but as Wu Tang Clan was exiting, the temptation was too great for me. I, (by myself, I might add)walked right up to the stage. In all the confusion of fans coming and going, I got a really good place to stand. I was about 15 feet from the stage, dead center. When Soundgarden came and broke into song, I ended up about 30 feet back, a little off center, but it was still cool. Really though, the only songs that I actually remember them singing were "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", and "Pretty Noose". The rest of the time I was struggling to see Chris Cornell, who I got an amazing view of, and struggling to stay on my feet! At least three times, mini-mosh-pits started with me in the center. (I have since realized that standing dead center is a very bad place to stand if you don't want to mosh!!!)But Chris was looking as god as usual, with his open shirt.(yum!!!) Basically, it was the best show that I have ever seen, to this day. It was even better than Metallica, who did a pretty damn good job themselves!


Sgarden666@aol.com
When we got to Randall's Island that day, we really just walked around and bought stuff. I was really just waiting for Soundgarden to come on. For a few hours we just sat on the bleachers listening to the music and drinking. Lollapallooza was really the first metal concert type thing I'd ever been to, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I wanted to stay away from the stage, but as Wu Tang Clan was exiting, the temptation was too great for me. I, (by myself, I might add)walked right up to the stage. In all the confusion of fans coming and going, I got a really good place to stand. I was about 15 feet from the stage, dead center. When Soundgarden came and broke into song, I ended up about 30 feet back, a little off center, but it was still cool. Really though, the only songs that I actually remember them singing were "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", and "Pretty Noose". The rest of the time I was struggling to see Chris Cornell, who I got an amazing view of, and struggling to stay on my feet! At least three times, mini-mosh-pits started with me in the center. (I have since realized that standing dead center is a very bad place to stand if you don't want to mosh!!!)But Chris was looking as god as usual, with his open shirt.(yum!!!) Basically, it was the best show that I have ever seen, to this day. It was even better than Metallica, who did a pretty damn good job themselves!