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Lollapalooza+A Groovy History Overview

By +Sherry Salazar+

Through the history of Lollapalooza, the festival has been an event that always showcased different artists and a different sound since its beginning in 1991.

Yes, Perry Farrell & Janes Addiction started Lollapalooza but many have said from the start that he took the idea from Ian Astbury, singer for the band The Cult.

A Gathering of the Tribes” was billed as a two-day music and culture festival organized by Ian Astbury and promoter Bill Graham. It was held in the greater LA area October 1990, prior to the first Lollapalooza. The artists featured at The Gathering of the Tribes were Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Public Enemy, Ice-T, Soundgarden, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, Joan Baez, Steve Jones, and more. 20,000 people attended this two-day event.


The first Lollapalooza was held in July of 1991 to a crowd of 18,000. Daytime temperatures hit 110 degrees in Arizona, Nine Inch Nails played a one-and-a-half minute set, and Jane’s Addiction got into a fistfight on stage. It was a rough one but what a great artist line up: Nine Inch Nails, Body Count, Siouxsie and the Banshees, ButtHole Surfers, etc.

Lollapalooza was a big deal during its first years as it was a touring festival. It was an exciting event came to your town. Unlike the huge worldwide event it is today with even more attendance days, numerous stages, sponsorships, and numerous after shows.


Even though it has been a massive event, Lolla experienced some unpleasant pitfalls as there were pieces that would fall into the ‘what not to do’ puzzle. 1998 to 2002 Lollapalooza was a no go. However, it was revived in 2003. In 2004, Lollapalooza saw poor ticket sales & it was canceled. 2005 Farrell teamed up with William Morris Agency partnered out of Austin, now known as C3 Presents.

Lollapalooza has expanded and grown in so many ways over the decades. The festival brings more on stages, keeps the variety in the lineup of the performing artists, and Lollapalooza survival guides circulate throughout the masses of fans. And hey, this year’s Lolla is already selling out.


++Stay hyped before, during & after your Lolla fun by jamming out w/ our RockBoardz: Lolla Playlist Boardz: Volume I & Volume II” while wearing your cool & colorful Lolla RockBoardz T-Shirt”….Loud and Proud++YES!!!++

~+Sherry S.+ /+RockBoardz+



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