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6 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weely - Wednesday, August 5, 1992
'The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the
common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually
slack attention.'
-Ezra Pound

Underwear, hair,
Excerpts from the diary of a
Lollapalooza '92 ployees seem clueless about passes and
August 1, 1992 what they do, even tickets and what
Pine Knob Music Theater they do. They're pretty rough on the
kids.
9:58 a.m.: On the road with Daily 3:15 p.m.: Okay, okay Pearl Jam
photog, Molly Stevens. are the greatest,justneverhave a birth-
12:30p.m.: Watchedsomelocal(?) day if you ever work for them. Sure
band, Seam, through the fence at the their presence and enthusiasm are in-
West entrance while waiting for the fectious, but the set is the hottest be-
will call people to figure out where our cause everyone loves them, most of the
passes are. Damn cool. Enemy Squad audience watched them and knew ev-
watched them. Loads of glamour boys ery song. The band has force and en-
and women wearing just bras. Most of ergy, butwouldtheyhave thesameaura
The band has force and energy, but would they have the
same aura if only half the crowd was there? Still, they have
captured an essence of life heretofore left untapped. Does
Lolla get better than this?

and sod
1992 'Loozar
of the stage.No Temple of the Dog. The
crowd was excited and full but unen-
thusiastic.
6:10 p.m.: In the tent behind the
stage, Anthony from the Chili Peppers
is hanging with his family, looking at
photographs. A couple of very loud
women (late 30s, or early 40s), Chili
Pepper groupies (?), talk very loudly
about them. One asks Anthony's mom
about his teeth. He has a splint kind of
thing on one of his ankles and is using
a cane.
6:20 p.m.: Crowd more enthusias-
tic from Ice Cube than Soundgarden,
even though the seats are only half full.
Pattern (exception PearlJam): thehalf-
full sts (Lush, Cube, JMC) have a
more boisterous, though less numer-
ous, audience while more people watch
the Soundgardens, butdon'tmove.Cube
has good presence, definitely interest-
ing. Quote of the day II: "Records don't
kill, cops do," from Cube on "Cop
Killer."
Molly reports that during this set, at
the side show of people doing disgust-
ing things to themselves, Lush and
Soundgarden watched intently. In fact,
one performer at the side show shoved
all this tubing down him, stuffed cat-
sup, Maalox and other stuff, and then
pulled it out with bile, and the food
shoved down it. Then Chris Cornell
actually drank acup of this, well, vomit.
Yuk.
7:10 p.m.: Flea and member of
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. join Ice Cube and
his posse on stage, dancing around.
7:30 p.m.: Sighted backstage: Matt
Cameron, Flea, drummer from Pearl
Jam, some guitarist from Ministry.
8-ish: Ministry is bizarre, more in
anneaince thansound. TDurino first

them look pretty ridiculous.
1p.m.: Love this parking lot. Idiots
still don't have the lists, so we watched
Enemy Squad do their groovy thing
through the fence. ES cross Living
Colour and Fishbone, but do the mid-
tempo, way down low songs the best.
1:10 p.m.: Quote of the Day I:
"Mrs. Bush can lick my ass" from En-
emy Squad's "Mrs. Bush is on Drugs."
2p.m.:Finally in,passed,and seated
after along futile search for the alleged
hospitality tent. Venue is crowded but
not overcrowded. Loads o' preps and
shirtless men with hair on their back.
Gross.
2:15 p.m.: Lushrule! (Penchant for
Brit pop aside.) Way excellent struc-
tured wash. Miki's bright red hair a
total gas. They're a lot more straight
forward than I thought they'd be. Still
rock in a somewhat traditional struc-
ture, at moments, most unlike My
Bloody Valentine. All Pine Knob em-

if only half the crowd was there? Still,
they have captured an essence of life
heretofore left untapped. Does Lolla
get better than this?
4:30 p.m.: Jesus and Mary Chain
do studiedboredom better than anyone
else. A helluva lot better than Blur. It's
morelikedefiningyourselfinthenega-
tive, an anti-stage presence. Their bass
player looks like anicer version of that
guy in Monster Magnet, a skinner Jim
Morrison in his fat phase, and a fatter
Chris Robinson in his perpetual skinny
phase. The band sounds much clearer
than I thought they would. Didn't do
"Just like Honey." "Reverence" the
loudest song thus far, until ...
5:34 p.m.: Soundgarden execute
their short, but very loud and grungy
set. Their intro tape is the most annoy-
ing thus far. Highlight: their cover of
IceT andBodyCount's"CopKiller"is,
well, killer. Miki from Lush and Jeff
from Pearl Jam watched from the side

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Lollapalooza '92
three songs, the folks on the lawn were "alternative," than really being alterna-
throwing sod to the pavilion to the five, whatever that may mean. Is Min-
stage, which was as bizarre looking as istry really that different than say Sab-
the stage set up itself. Ladened with bath? Really?
Death cult shit, fetish dancers voguing. 11 p.m.: The Chili Peppers are do-
It was cool, loud industrialmetal-not ing a lot of old stuff and just like in
thatmuch differentthan BlackSabbath Ministry the only time the audience
or something. Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. jam really digs them and goes apeshit is
with them for one song. But then what when they do the big singles and their
is alternative any more? Again, people amazing cover of "Crosstown Traffic."
only got into the set when it was a song Their dancers are wearing their under-
from a recent album.This tour is morea wear (bras and underpants), as is Flea
celebrationofacertainsegmentofpopu- (underwear only, briefs, not bikinis).
lar youth culture which differentiates Eight bonfires were going at one point,
itself from the norm by using this word See LOLLA, Page 7
r.0

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Fans watch as "the Torture King" (not shown - 12 onlookers fainted) sticks pins into parts of his body.

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