Ah, the early 1990s. The era of flannels, of cut off shorts worn over long johns and the first painful dalliances with the tattoo gun and mosh pit as Generation X apathetically ambled into the mainstream. Last weekend thousands flocked to the annual Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago’s Grant Park to see such well-mannered bands as Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend however the festivals’ roots were a more raucous affair altogether as the emerging alternative rock nation brought together the leading lights in underground rock, hip hop, industrial and, oh yeah, GRUNGE. Take a gander at the following gallery and see if you can guess these first generation Lollapalooza artists.
The guitarist for this band has starred in several reality TV shows since headlining the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991. Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction got his reality TV start on MTV’s Til Death Do Us Part, which chronicled his marriage to Carmen Electra. This storied punk rock frontman has hosted shows for National Geographic as well as his own series on the Independent Film Channel. Henry Rollins sang for hardcore legends Black Flag before fronting his own Rollins Band which appeared on the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991.
These veterans of the second Lollapalooza tour in 1992 were among the first break-out stars of the Seattle music scene.Chris Cornell and his band Soundgarden issued their first EP, Screaming Life, in 1987 on the then-unknown Sub Pop record label. This long running band were virtual unknowns when they appeared on the second Lollapalooza tour. Pearl Jam were the second of seven main stage bands on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour. These Lollapalooza ’93 veterans recently reformed with a new singer but all their past power intact. Alice In Chains reformed in 2007 with singer-guitarist William DuVall replacing singer Layne Staley, who tragically died in 2002. The singer-guitarist for this alt rock band recently saw the release of his very own signature Stratocaster guitar. Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins were one of the headliners of Lollapalooza ’94. This trio brought a taste of Brooklyn to the ’94 headlining stage and helped raise money for Tibetan freedom campaigns. The Beastie Boys were supposed to headline the 2009 Lollapalooza festival but had to cancel due to Adam “MCA” Yauch’s battle with cancer, which led to his tragic death in 2012. This group was formed by the bassist of another legendary 1980’s alt rock band. Pixies bassist Kim Deal switched to guitar when she formed Lollapalooza ’94 performers The Breeders in 1990. These L.A. rappers appeared on another famous ‘90s festival within a year of their Lollapalooza appearance. After appearing at Lollapalooza in 1995, Cypress Hill headlined 1996’s Smokin’ Grooves tour. Though headlining the premiere alternative rock festival of the 1990’s, this band’s roots lay in the thrash metal scene of the 1980’s. Metallica were surprise headliners of Lollapalooza 1996 which was among the last to feature predominantly loud, guitar-driven, rock bands.