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Lollapalooza 1997

Lollapalooza 1997 ( Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.; 19,000 seats; $ 34) Presented by Cellar Door. Bands: Tool, Orbital, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn, Tricky, James, Marley Brothers, Porno For Pyros, others on secondary stages. Reviewed June 25, 1997. Gone from this year's Lollapalooza are the Metallicas, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Pearl Jams and the Red Hot Chili Peppers of the past, replaced by such little-known mainstage acts as U.K. club king Tricky, reggae progenies Julian and Damian Marley, dramatic Brit rockers James and this night's headliner, English techno duo Orbital. As it turns out, the bill's eclectic, presumably incompatible lineup is the tour's saving grace. And in the face of hungry and often musically superior competition such as the Warped and Smokin' Grooves tours, Lolla has a lot to prove this year --- including whether it's even worth staging any more. At the first date of this year's tour, plenty of questions deserve consideration: Does Lollapalooza, the original all-day Gen-X music event started by Perry Farrell in 1991, still have its own identity? Are the organizers in touch with what the kids are listening to now? Has Farrell, who returns to Lolla this year after skipping it last summer, been successful in restoring the festival to its organic and independent roots? The mood throughout the crowd was light and fun, so it would seem Farrell has indeed done his job. Was this the best possible lineup, considering the bands that could have been on the bill? Certainly not. But the auds got their $ 34 worth, and all can tell their friends they went to a show where people moshed to rap music on a steeply banked lawn. California bands Tool and Korn were the obvious stars of the long day, which was cooled by the area's predictable afternoon rainstorm. Most of the first few rows in the bolted seating at the 2 -year-old venue were torn out and thrown aside as metal hip-hoppers Korn shredded through songs from their two platinum Epic albums, favoring their current "Life Is Peachy." What was left of the front few rows was swept away during Tool's riveting evening set, an angry retelling of songs from its current Zoo/Volcano album, "Aenima." Singer Maynard James Keenan, whose raging vocal style is equivalent to a linebacker's menacing tackles, skulked about the modestly adorned large stage in false breasts and spooky face paint. Between the two metal-leaning groups was dance star Tricky, whose meandering dub-flavored stylings were lost on the gathered 14,000, and Death Row rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg , whose jumpin' afternoon set was accompanied by much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit. The tense songs of mood band James were forfeited in the warm day's sunshine. The band offered beautiful versions of songs from its new "Whiplash" (Mercury) release, but made little impact on the impatient rock fans. The day's mainstage activities began with a celebratory and enthusiastic half-hour from the Marley Brothers, both of whom share their father's gift for easy-flowing, important reggae. They played vibrant music from their respective new solo albums, as well as a couple of Bob Marley songs, notably "I Shot the Sheriff" and a terrific "Exodus." As with most years at Lollapalooza, the headliner was treated like so much exit music: Many hit the road after Tool finished, but those who remained created a small wanna-be rave that was appreciative but rather anticlimactic, considering that the headliner, instrumental wizards Orbital, followed. The second stage action was highlighted by an unannounced acoustic perf by Farrell's band Porno For Pyros, as well as San Diego grunge outfit Inch and impressive teen band Radish. AU: Troy J. Augusto

Cast:
Bands: Tool, Orbital, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn, Tricky, James, Marley Brothers, Porno For Pyros

Lollapalooza 1997 ( Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.; 19,000 seats; $ 34) Presented by Cellar Door. Bands: Tool, Orbital, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn, Tricky, James, Marley Brothers, Porno For Pyros, others on secondary stages. Reviewed June 25, 1997. Gone from this year’s Lollapalooza are the Metallicas, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Pearl Jams and the Red Hot Chili Peppers of the past, replaced by such little-known mainstage acts as U.K. club king Tricky, reggae progenies Julian and Damian Marley, dramatic Brit rockers James and this night’s headliner, English techno duo Orbital. As it turns out, the bill’s eclectic, presumably incompatible lineup is the tour’s saving grace. And in the face of hungry and often musically superior competition such as the Warped and Smokin’ Grooves tours, Lolla has a lot to prove this year — including whether it’s even worth staging any more. At the first date of this year’s tour, plenty of questions deserve consideration: Does Lollapalooza, the original all-day Gen-X music event started by Perry Farrell in 1991, still have its own identity? Are the organizers in touch with what the kids are listening to now? Has Farrell, who returns to Lolla this year after skipping it last summer, been successful in restoring the festival to its organic and independent roots? The mood throughout the crowd was light and fun, so it would seem Farrell has indeed done his job. Was this the best possible lineup, considering the bands that could have been on the bill? Certainly not. But the auds got their $ 34 worth, and all can tell their friends they went to a show where people moshed to rap music on a steeply banked lawn. California bands Tool and Korn were the obvious stars of the long day, which was cooled by the area’s predictable afternoon rainstorm. Most of the first few rows in the bolted seating at the 2 -year-old venue were torn out and thrown aside as metal hip-hoppers Korn shredded through songs from their two platinum Epic albums, favoring their current “Life Is Peachy.” What was left of the front few rows was swept away during Tool’s riveting evening set, an angry retelling of songs from its current Zoo/Volcano album, “Aenima.” Singer Maynard James Keenan, whose raging vocal style is equivalent to a linebacker’s menacing tackles, skulked about the modestly adorned large stage in false breasts and spooky face paint. Between the two metal-leaning groups was dance star Tricky, whose meandering dub-flavored stylings were lost on the gathered 14,000, and Death Row rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg , whose jumpin’ afternoon set was accompanied by much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit. The tense songs of mood band James were forfeited in the warm day’s sunshine. The band offered beautiful versions of songs from its new “Whiplash” (Mercury) release, but made little impact on the impatient rock fans. The day’s mainstage activities began with a celebratory and enthusiastic half-hour from the Marley Brothers, both of whom share their father’s gift for easy-flowing, important reggae. They played vibrant music from their respective new solo albums, as well as a couple of Bob Marley songs, notably “I Shot the Sheriff” and a terrific “Exodus.” As with most years at Lollapalooza, the headliner was treated like so much exit music: Many hit the road after Tool finished, but those who remained created a small wanna-be rave that was appreciative but rather anticlimactic, considering that the headliner, instrumental wizards Orbital, followed. The second stage action was highlighted by an unannounced acoustic perf by Farrell’s band Porno For Pyros, as well as San Diego grunge outfit Inch and impressive teen band Radish. AU: Troy J. Augusto

Lollapalooza 1997

Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.; 19,000 seats; $34

Production: Presented by Cellar Door.

Crew: Others on secondary stages. Reviewed June 25, 1997.

Cast: Bands: Tool, Orbital, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn, Tricky, James, Marley Brothers, Porno For Pyros

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