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LOLLAPALOOZA '96: THE FANS' REPORT
JULY 27, PHOENIX, ARIZONA


baceten@primenet.com
well, looking back at other reviews i guess Soundgarden was pretty pumped up for the show. Cornell also got pissed off at part of the crowd for booing the Ramones and told them to buy some of their albums before they boo them again. SG set seemed kinda shortened, probably because of the weather delay. The weather was the best part of the show. It was mostly windy from the thunderstorms but then shortly progressed into rain and lightning which only lasted through SG's set. The lightning was better than any light show i'd seen and seemed to flash in the appropriate places, especially when they jumped into the first chord of Ty Cobb and a huge bolt went off which the addience loved. The weather did seem to make Cornell talkative and Ben too, he said something about having to be off stage a few minutes until the weather calmed but then instead of leaving Cornell started playing some song that i know wasn't on any of their albums and didn't recognize, i can't remember but i think Ben started playing as well into the song but it might have been just a solo. Anyways the first five or six rows of people sucked with all the metalhead renobs pushin around, but right behind that about 10-15 people back it was totally calm in comparison. Soungarden played excellent although it didn't seem like Chris' mike was loud enough, Waiting for the Sun was really cool and though i've never heard the original it sounded like an original SG song. Devo surprisingly really got the crowd going but the long weather delay before them probably helped. They were definately worth watching as well if not for the weirdness then for the fact they actually sounded good. Okay then, here's the list of the songs not in order Spoonman, Let Me Drown, Searching, Ty Cobb, Pretty Noose, Waiting for the Sun, Outshined, Jesus Christ Pose, Black Hole Sun solo, unknown possibly new song, Rusty Cage


rex.hamilton@peacebbs.org
I'd like to add to the previous review for the Compton Terrace gig.. First, I'd like to mention that SG was the main reason I decided to buy a ticket to Lolla.. I agree that the set seemed quite short, though didn't lack any of the raw power this group unleashes. I do have to say that the bassist really sunk to the level of the Phoenix crowd (yeah, I'm one of those angry Tucson ticket holders)) with various rude gestures and such. I praise Chris for giving 100% of himself, playing two songs without the rest of the band, and "bringing slight rain" to the dust covered crowd. ...P.S. - Sponge should have played on the first stage. Damnit!


AZpuckman@aol.com
Soundgarden at Lollapalooza '96, big disapointment! They were the main reason I deceided to attend this year. Due to normal Arizona summer weather, their set was definately way too short! Prior to them playing, a mild dust storm hit, causing the Ramones to cut their set short. Then after an hour delay Devo came on, and I could not wait for them to finish. Just as Soundgarden came on stage, the moment I had been waiting for, an electrical storm hit, lightening was striking right behind the stage, making theirs the best stage show ever, but unfortunately due to the winds, the sound was not at all what it should have been, anyway, I felt like they had just really starting going when they did Jesus Christ Pose, and then all of sudden that was it! It seemed like they played for less than an hour, and during their short set Chris was really pissed off about something, Could it have been the fact that most people there were not of the normal Lollapalooza crowd, due to the Metallica headline, that most of those metalheads booed everyone else, including Soundgarden, that they have a very narrow mind when it comes to experiencing other types of music! When I left the show I felt ripped off, also due to the fact that the took down the other two stages, and most of those bands did not even get to play, along with all of the side shows and merchandise. Next time have Lollapalooza in the fall, after monsoon season.


hamilton@cia-g.com
Soundgarden gave me life, then for some unkown reason, they took it away !! Other then that they were great, and so was everyone else! ( Including Metalica )


VSteven141@Aol.com
The SG set was incredible.It was short but incredible.The best part would have to be when Chris was singing Black Hole Sun and the lightning and rain was in the background.The Metallica fans (who need to lower the testosterone levels) were probably the worst part of the show.I think Ben told them where they could stick it.I was also one of the people there to see SG(and Sponge, but that never happened).It was definitely worth the bruises and sunburn.I also noticed that Chris never looked at the auidience?Usually when people don't it means they have stage fright?Just a thought.


VSteven141@Aol.com
The SG set was incredible.It was short but incredible.The best part would have to be when Chris was singing Black Hole Sun and the lightning and rain was in the background.The Metallica fans (who need to lower the testosterone levels) were probably the worst part of the show.I think Ben told them where they could stick it.I was also one of the people there to see SG(and Sponge, but that never happened).It was definitely worth the bruises and sunburn.I also noticed that Chris never looked at the auidience?Usually when people don't it means they have stage fright?Just a thought.


VSteven141@Aol.com
The SG set was incredible.It was short but incredible.The best part would have to be when Chris was singing Black Hole Sun and the lightning and rain was in the background.The Metallica fans (who need to lower the testosterone levels) were probably the worst part of the show.I think Ben told them where they could stick it.I was also one of the people there to see SG(and Sponge, but that never happened).It was definitely worth the bruises and sunburn.I also noticed that Chris never looked at the auidience?Usually when people don't it means they have stage fright?Just a thought.


mklein@gwtnet.com
Aside from Chris's vocals being a little muffled I thought it was and amzing show. Even though for some reason it seemed like like it was cut short and those damn meticalla fans going nuts in anticipation for soundgarden to end thier set didn't really add to the show either. The Waiting for the Sun cover was awsome And they played some I couldnt recognize, I dont know if it was a cover or some unreleased b-side. It seemed like everyone in the band was a little pissed about something, espicially Ben Shepard who grabbed his crotch more than I would have liked to see and flipped the croud off more than a few times. Is it me or did Chris lose weight?


tsanchez@tvi.cc.nm.us
Well, I was kinda disapointed because of the weather, they played a really short set. I thought they put on an excellent show but the lenghth of it really sucked. I thought that the version they did of the Doors song was really great. Oh yea, I got a kick out of this when I was standing in line. I only saw 5 people w/SG shirts and if the person who was standing in front of me was wearing one and if this was you please let me know. Anyway this guy in an SG shirt and his friend were there talking and his friend asks him "Do you think I look like the lead singer of SG because people tell me that I do?" And the guy with the SG shirt said "Yea, that is how I would describe you to Michelle" Anyway I should have put my two cents in and said "Hell, NO you do not look like Chris, I am sorry but there is only one of him"


bobwar@mail.concentric.mail
Well, I came quite a distance to see Soundgarden - flew from Pittsburgh to St. Louis, St.Louis to Albuquerque, and with my friend drove from Albuquerque to Phoenix- and I must say I was excited to see SNDGN. HOWEVER, in contrast to what others have posted, I don't believe this was one of the bands' better nights. Chris and Ben both seemed cranky, each finding the need to chastize the crowd (who sat all day in 110 degree temperatures, sat patiently during a 2 hour delay due to a sandstorm, and then endured Devo's useless set.) In my opinion, the band didn't seem to interested in their playing. Whether it was the mix or the weather, they just seemed out-of-sync. I still enjoyed the show because they are my favorite band, and "Waiting for the Sun" alone was worth the distance I had traveled. I just hope the next time I see them that the band seems a little more interested in what they were doing.


bonz@netwrx.net
Well, all in all, Lollapalooza sucked. The tickets were over priced, the food and water were over priced, and the weather was crap. But... Soundgarden put on a great performance. I only went because SG, DEVO, and The Melvins were playing. The light show for SG was courtesy of Mother Nature.( a great lighting storm ). DEVO was booed from the stage, probably because the majority of people there were under 21 and didn't have a clue... I personally thought that they were great. The Melvins' show on the other hand, was a monotonous droning in the key of D minor. I was wholly disappointed.


ioanninon 37-39 / athens
that show was way too cool


mlayseca@flashnet.com
Yep...I was one of the thousands of sweaty, stinky, sunburned, hungry, thristy, tired people to attend Lollapallooza. The main reason why I even bought the ticket was to see SG and Rancid, other thatn that I woudn't of gone. The audience waited quite a while for SG to come out because of the damm dust storms followed by rain, lightning and gusts of wind. Finally they came out and the mass of moshers and head-bangers started to jump around...I was overly exited and stuck in the middle of it all. The weather seemed to add "salsa" to SG's performance but at one point the wind got quite rough and the band had to go on the side in fear of the set to fall on them. The audience started shouting for them to play and at this point Chris got pissed off and yelled "...can't you fuckers wait for the fucking wind to stop?" They were good but you could tell that Chris and the boyz were getting tired! But if they are palying next year I am so there and hopefully things won't go as bad and Chris turns out to be a little more "cheerfull."


mceiht6876@aol.com
I attended this outstanding performance at Compton Terrace. It was quite an experience. Early in the day everything was going as planned but about a couple hours before sunset a little (or big, depending on who you ask) dust storm rolled in. It was big enough to do damage to the main stage and CANCEL sponge's performance (what a bunch of sissies!) Well when I got back from the second stage (Where I had been waiting for Sponge) I was greeted with the news that the show was delayed (Note: This was BEFORE Soundgarden had played!) I was dumbfounded at the prospect of not being able to hear them play. Well, anyway after many, many hours (seemingly) of waiting and listening to crap like Devo they came on and they rocked! When Chris played Black Hole Sun, it was all windy and stormy and he said "This is the best show mother nature can put on" and it was lightning and kind of raining on and off, under a by now pitch black sky. It was cool. Of course, however, they opened with Spoonman. After the concert, I jetted because I had no interest in hearing the "hey-look-we're-alternative-now" Mettalica. Cutting their hair only made me not want to see them even more.


bigsis15@hotmail.com
first of all..the song chris did solo was 'black hole sun', off of 'super unknown'...secondly, they didn't do 'waiting for the sun' at this show..the doors are a fav band of mine, and I would have LOVED that!! the band did play a short set, something that was a bit of a drag, and ben was very rude, cussing out the audience, but consider the source.. it is the only time I've seen soundgarden, and I'm happy to have gotten to see them before they were just a memory..the weather was stormy, but it cooled off the day, and added some drama to the show..chris kept backing up, not wanting to be hit by the scafling! I enjoyed it immensely..