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LOLLAPALOOZA '96: THE FANS' REPORT
AUGUST 4, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA


susan@sbxray.ucsb.edu
I drove 2.5 hours from Santa Barbara to Lollapalooza in Irvine, primarily to see Soundgarden, and they did not disappoint! The set list seemed to be similar to those in previous lolla shows; I didn't memorize it. Chris' voice sounded a little ragged for the first few songs, but actually seemed to improve through the show. Rusty Cage was evidence of this--all the high notes hit, all the crescendos wailed. One of the high lights of the evening was definately the "solo" version of Black Hole Sun; it was an excellent showcase of Chris' vocal abilities. The band did not do the cover of "Waiting for the Sun," but I didn't miss it. Ty Cobb was mind-boggling! They had CJ from the Ramones help out with the guitar, and the song ROCKED. The only possible improvement would have been to have the crowd more involved in singing the refrain ("....fuck you all!"), but it was pretty obvious that many people there had no clue what they were hearing. I suspect this will be remedied when Soundgarden tour on their own. The band itself was incredible...very tight, even on the new stuff. Occasionally the guitars became overwhelming, but in most of these cases they were supposed to be (e.g. Rhinosaur, Ty Cobb). They wrapped up with Jesus Christ Pose, which kicked ass as it usually does...at the end Kim and Chris left their guitars feeding back on stage. A lot of these reviews spend time slagging on Metallica and their fans. I guess I'll play devil's advocate; as well as being a huge Soundgarden fan, I also like Metallica. But, like most of the viewers of this page, some of their fans piss me off. My attitude: "a band can't choose their fans." Yeah, there were rednecks and nazis here with their bikini-clad woo-girls, but there were also some cool people at the show who were there primarily to see Metallica. I confess, I'm not thrilled by their latest album, but they are so good on stage that the songs really come alive. As does the crowd....the band can definately work an arena, and I have to respect that. They're a talented bunch of guys and shouldn't be insulted just because some of their fans are . All in all, it was a great show; particularly the last two bands! I can't wait to see Soundgarden again; a 70 minute set was definately not long enough for me.


susan@sbxray.ucsb.edu
I drove 2.5 hours from Santa Barbara to Lollapalooza in Irvine, primarily to see Soundgarden, and they did not disappoint! The set list seemed to be similar to those in previous lolla shows; I didn't memorize it. Chris' voice sounded a little ragged for the first few songs, but actually seemed to improve through the show. Rusty Cage was evidence of this--all the high notes hit, all the crescendos wailed. One of the high lights of the evening was definately the "solo" version of Black Hole Sun; it was an excellent showcase of Chris' vocal abilities. The band did not do the cover of "Waiting for the Sun," but I didn't miss it. Ty Cobb was mind-boggling! They had CJ from the Ramones help out with the guitar, and the song ROCKED. The only possible improvement would have been to have the crowd more involved in singing the refrain ("....fuck you all!"), but it was pretty obvious that many people there had no clue what they were hearing. I suspect this will be remedied when Soundgarden tour on their own. The band itself was incredible...very tight, even on the new stuff. Occasionally the guitars became overwhelming, but in most of these cases they were supposed to be (e.g. Rhinosaur, Ty Cobb). They wrapped up with Jesus Christ Pose, which kicked ass as it usually does...at the end Kim and Chris left their guitars feeding back on stage. A lot of these reviews spend time slagging on Metallica and their fans. I guess I'll play devil's advocate; as well as being a huge Soundgarden fan, I also like Metallica. But, like most of the viewers of this page, I get pissed off at some of their fans. My attitude: "a band can't choose their fans." Yeah, there were rednecks and nazis here with their bikini-clad woo-girls, but there were also some cool people at the show who were there primarily to see Metallica. I confess, I'm not thrilled by their latest album, but they are so good on stage that the songs really come alive. As does the crowd....the band can definately work an arena, and I have to respect that. They're a talented bunch of guys and shouldn't be insulted just because some of their fans are assholes. All in all, it was a great show; particularly the last two bands! I can't wait to see Soundgarden again; a 70 minute set was definately not long enough for me. SORRY....EDITED SOME GLITCHES IN THE PREVIOUS REVIEW.


JHPO56A
IT WAS PRETTY COONY LIKE STINKY MALENDEZ


NOA Paul H@aol.com
it was cool like michael jackson + tito jackson and also t3 his kids i love michael jacksons purple weenie it is cool!!!!!


asinine9@earthlink.net
And I quote,"We're happy we don't have to look at any more stupid fucking hats!" (or was it fucking stupid?) Anyway this sentence started Soundgardens' set and from there on they began the turbulance that has defined their amazing sound since Ultramega ok. Too bad the people sitting around me were just looking at their watches counting the minutes untill Metallica was on. They missed out, although it was nice because i could finally stand up and not have to be on my toes to see the stage. ;-)


rawcomic@ix.netcom.com
I saw this show and decided that although i really like Soundgarden a lot, they bore the hell out of me nine times out of ten. Admittedly i've only seen them about ten times, but each time i leave the show appeased, but not overblown. I have seen a couple of outstanding shows, namely UCSB on the Badmotorfinger tour, and the RIP magazine party right when Badmotorfinger came out. But generally they're too straightforward for my taste. I dont want to give the wrong impression, because i consider my self a die-hard fan, but the live shows I saw for the Superunknown tour (Del Mar and L.A.) were uninteresting and repetetive. I really like it when a band has a looser set list and fucks with their formula once in a while. None of this has diminished my love for their albums, but i now enter each show with an apprehensiveness that hasn't been relieved, and wasn't by this Lollapalooza show. The solo bit was very enjoyable though. I am waiting for the regular headlining tour and hope they don't play venues that are too huge. And i keep waiting for them to play 'Little Joe'. ( i've only see them play it once (at the UCSB show i mentioned)). Anyway, for anybody who loves the band but doesn't get to see them live often, or not at all, just turn your stereo waaaay up, spill beer on your shoes, put the contents of an ashtray in your shirt pocket, and pay 3.50 for a 12 oz. coke, and your not missing much. later.