Lollapalooza Kicks Off: 10 Memorable Moments in Festival’s History


Lollapalooza 2013’s lineup is sure to add to the historic festival’s memorable moments.

Beginning Friday, August 2, over a 100,000 music aficionados will gather in Chicago’s Grant Park to witness one of the country’s largest music festivals.

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This year’s headliners include Mumford and Sons, The Killers, The Cure and Nine Inch Nails. Other acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons and many more will perform on eight different stages.

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Lollapalooza began in 1991 as a farewell tour for Perry Farrell’s band Jane’s Addiction, then evolved into a popular touring festival before its decline and eventual cancellation in 1998. In 2005, Perry revived Lollapalooza as a two-day celebration in Chicago, where it has remained ever since.

In honor of the festival’s kickoff, we have assembled some of the most memorable moments in Lollapalooza history:

10) Foo Fighters Close Lolla in a Downpour (2011)

9) Kanye West Kills It in His Hometown (2008)

8) Ice-T’s Body Count Creates a Stir with Song “Cop Killer” (1991)

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7) The Killers Steal The Show (2009)

6) Stormapalooza (2012)

5) Iggy Pop Brings Half the Audience On-Stage (2007)

4)  Lady Gaga takes a Semi-Nude Crowd Surf  (2010)

3) Daft Punk Takes Over Chicago (2007)

2) Green Day Fan’s Dream Comes True (2010)

1) Pearl Jam Explodes On the Grunge Scene (1992)