In my top 10 all-time best concerts, Pearl Jam finds itself 3 times on that list.
October 4, 2000 at the Molson Centre (now Bell Centre) was the last time I caught Pearl Jam. Not only was that a memorable show, it was also life changing. Why? I’ve only told a few people, including Raine Maida after our chat on the bed. It’s a secret…a good one 😉
August 19, 1993 at the Verdun Auditorium was just insane, with a heat akin to camping next to the sun. In the video clip, you can see security watering the crowd with hoses. I was so drenched, I remember dropping all but my underwear into the backseat floor of my car to drive home. (4 minutes in – Even Flow)
A year prior, August 9, 1992 was the second instalment of Lollapalooza. I unlocked our St-Henri apartment door, after driving non-stop from Calgary Alberta, and got a phone call. “I have a spare ticket for Lollapalooza in Long Beach NY tomorrow, do you want to come?”
My wife and I quickly repacked, and instantly hit the road driving all night to make New York for the morning.
This was my first time seeing Pearl Jam perform and Eddie climbed to the top of the stage (about 2 1/2 minutes in Porch).
The 1992 edition of Lollapalooza also featured Lush, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Soundgarden, Ice Cube, Ministry & The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I caught a small local band playing the side side stage called Cypress Hill, but because of power issues, B-Real sang accapella to end their set.
It wasn’t just a concert, it was an epic gathering of non-mainstream bands, many of which started on the side stage.
Think of all the side stage acts along the years, including:
Rage Against the Machine
Stone Temple Pilots
Kings of Leon
Lollapalooza was a phenomenon unlike anything else and I cherish the memory of that day.
We would normally be getting ready for Osheaga at this time, and that hurts…not being able to gather and see our favorite bands.
You don’t have to drive to Chicago, or spend your hard earned CERB payments on a tickets…you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
Subscribe to the Lollapalooza YouTube page and get ready for 4 nights of music.
The full schedule will be released on July 29th, 2020 and event kicks off Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 6PM Eastern Time.
A few names pop out that I don’t want to miss: Alabama Shakes, Arcade Fire, Cypress Hill, Fontaines D.C., Gary Clark Jr., Jane’s Addiction, The Cure, The Struts, Tom Morello, Tyler, the Creator, among so many others.
The best thing about Lollapalooza are the bands you don’t know about…yet.
Prepare your flower crowns, apply your sunscreen, turn up the heat and turn up the volume for a few nights of music.
This might help us put closure to the mourning of this year’s Osheaga.
Article: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their days jobs.Share this :