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and the crowd was anything but appre-
ciative. With shouts of "get offthe stage
you whore," and "you suck, bitch" al
underscored by the chanting of"Primus,
Primus," Love seemed a bit agitated.
She performed her usual antics, stage
diving and name-calling, but it was a
nice surprise. Bennett was a bit more
pleasant, getting the crowd riled up with
a short, 15-minute set before the
Ramornes took the stage to conclude the
evening's festivities. It's certainly rare
to find a bill featuring both Tony Bennett
and the Ramones.
Backstage, many performers showed
their true colors to reporters. After her
set, Juliana Hatfield explained in detail
how her favorite food is a bagel because
"I find them so orally fixating," she
said. "They're so hard on the outside
and so soft and chewy on the inside."
Mike Watt was also hanging around
telling his favorite horror stories of life
on the road. "One tour I just tied rags
around my fuckin' ankles because I was
shitting so hard for three days," Watt
said "Land O' Lakes in Florida, some
ranch dressing blew me out big time,
but now after all that I'm like a turkey
volture, you see them eat the road kill?
You can't kill those things with a pound.
of strychnine. I think Watt's like that
now too. "
Even MTV took part in the Washing-
ton festival, filming an entire episode of
the Sunday night modern rock show
"120 Minutes" with MTV Newswoman
Allison Stewart and ex-" 120" host Lewis
Largent, who walked around all day
saying "cool, dude," and "yeah, man."
But for those few performers who
didn't make it onto a festival bill or just
wanted to tour on their own, there was
still the traditional rock tour. Most were
able to pull it off, but some, well, fell,
flat on their faces.
Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet, the
Jayhawks and Victoria Williams had
their own mini-festival, and the
H.O.R.D.E. Festival was more success-
ful than ever with the recent success of
featured band Blues Traveler's "Run
Around" single and a heavyweight bill
including the Black Crowes and Ziggy
Between visits to emergency, rooms
at hospitals worldwide, R.E.M. was able
to play a few shows throughout the
summer. With Bill Berry's brain ane-
rysm last spring, Mike Mills' intestinal
problems and Michael Stipe's hernia,
guitarist Peter Buck was the only mem-
ber at press time who hadn't succumbed
to the hard life on the road. Or the hard
life of older people on the road. Barring
injury, the quartet will be at Crisler
Arena in late October.
The Grateful Dead had a string of bad
luck that began with fans being struck
by lightning at a June Washington, .C.
show and ended with frontman Jerry
Garcia dying in August. In betwee,
The Dead watched the usual cases of
overdosed fans, a riot outside of one of
their concerts, and then over 100 fans
being injured by a collapsing patio out-
side of another concert.
Speaking of overdosing, Courtney
Love od-ed only once this summer,
supposedly on prescription medication,
but was still able to charm audiences
with her charisma.
The Spin Doctors didn't have life
quite as bad, but their tour of tiny clubs
and bars across the country was can-
celled because of, guess what, lack of
ticket sales. Pearl Jam couldn't sell tick-
ets either, but for different reasons than
the Spin Doctors. They couldn't decide
who they wanted to sell their tickets.
And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum ended the summer concert
season Labor Day weekend with the
opening of the long-awaited Cleveland
museum and an all-star concert with
tickets starting at $80 a pop. Most of the
show didn't live up to its hype, with old
and tired stars covering each others' old
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