On this date in history, 8/2/1992, a friend and I traveled to Illinois to check out Lollapalooza ’92, at a venue that was a lot like our Deer Creek in Noblesville, but I don’t recall the name of the place. The show itself included The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Lush, and The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. The first band that we heard was Pearl Jam, for some odd reason playing early in the afternoon. Regardless, they blazed like they should have headlined the show, with Eddie Vedder’s manic energy transferring to both his band mates and the entire audience. Soundgarden brought the same intensity to their superb set, blasting through cuts from their Badmotorfinger album with savage intensity. During one song they were joined by Woody Weatherman from Corrosion Of Conformity and another highlight was when they covered “Cop Killer”, the controversial song from Ice T’s metal band, Body Count. I vividly remember Chris Cornell getting the whole capacity crowd to chant “Fuck the police” over and over during key moments of the song. Ice Cube followed this with a solid set of his gangsta rap solo material. He also utilized the power of the crowd, getting us to repeatedly yell “Fuck you Ice Cube” to hilarious effect. He played on the fact that he was the odd man out and actually won many of us over with his enthusiastic stage persona. Ministry brought their industrial metal insanity with frightening precision, accompanied by volcanic mosh pits and a mini-sod war that was quickly dispelled by Ministry’s leader, Al Jourgensen, who informed us that he would be paid even if we managed to stop the show by ruining the soundboard. We stopped and the show went on. The Red Hot Chili Peppers ended the show with a funky flourish, bringing the crowd to a dancing, bouncing, joyful fever. Anthony Kiedis and Flea led the way, with new guitarist Arik Marshall taking the role of the “standing still guy”, but playing really excellent guitar. Chad Smith kept the beats on the funky side and the band closed the show with a barrage of hits. A great show filled with a lot of diversity and magical performances, well worth the road trip.
Written By Braddon S Williams aka The Concert Critic