Jane's Addiction - August 01, 1991 - Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN
|Date:||August 01, 1991|
|Location:||Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN|
Up The Beach
Standing In The Shower... Thinking
Ain't No Right
Thank You Boys
Been Caught Stealing
Had A Dad
Then She Did...
This was a Lollapalooza 1991 show.
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
August 2, 1991
Edition: Metro Final
ART, ECOLOGY AND ALTERNATIVE ROCK BRING 16,000 FANS TO HARRIET ISLAND
Author: BYLINE: Brenda Rios, Staff Writer
Rock fest like a blast from the past
Bob Johnson did not let shaved heads, blue spiked hair, nose rings, ripped jeans or blaring music stop him from sharing a day of fun with his 13-year-old son, Rob.
Johnson and Rob were among an estimated 16,000 people at the Lollapalooza Music Festival at Harriet Island on Thursday. "I was going to school in the '60s and (the atmosphere) is comparable," Johnson said.
Like other festivals of that era, Lollapalooza is an outdoor concert with a socially conscious twist. The festival travels nationwide attracting thousands of young people. The word "Lollapalooza" is defined on a concert T-shirt as "something or someone very striking or exceptional."
Alternative rock band Jane's Addiction headlined the concert, which featured seven non-mainstream bands. The festival included several information booths and an art exhibit to make concertgoers aware of various environmental, political and human rights issues.
"(The festival) is kind of a museum of our time. It's a way to have fun and learn at the same time," 17-year-old Crystal Halvorson of Eau Claire said.
Halvorson said she came for the music but was glad to see the information and art booths. "It gives us a chance to be in our own environment with our friends and form ideas," she said.
Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, National Abortion Rights Action League, Refuse and Resist! and Handgun Control were some of the groups represented at the festival. They were invited to join the 22-city tour by Jane's Addiction's lead singer and tour co-founder, Perry Farrell.
The art booth featured regional art containing political angles, said Speedboat Gallery curator Paul Dickinson. The exhibit included a green collage of bodies and trees with the words "The Greenhouse Effect" and a painting of a man searching for Desert Storm casualties as he wore a bucket on his head and stuck it under sand.
Lollapalooza is for people who are tired of the big productions and looking for real human art, said Clay Vajgrt, an artist from Straight from the Art, a gallery in Eau Claire.
He described the concertgoers as people concerned with the truly meaningful things in life. "We don't want to become commercialized," he said.
But Pamela Valfer, 20, of Minneapolis said she did not agree that the concert stressed non-commercial thoughts. She said the causes expressed at the festival were good, but the organizers were caught up with making money and being politically correct.
"The alternative (bands) have sold out, they've lost their soul," said Valfer.
Jim Treanor of St. Paul Agency Inc. said he was upset because the city allowed an event that forced him to listen to loud, obscene music from his office, which is down the street from Harriet Island.
"Free speech is one thing, but imposing your speech on someone else against his will is another," he said.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees picketed the concert because the promoters, Jam Production of Chicago and Company 7 of Minnesota, hired a non-union crew. The union alleges that the out-of-town concert crew was paid far below area standards.
Police dispatchers in St. Paul and Maplewood were kept busy Thursday nightby residents who called to complain about the noise coming from the festival.
A Maplewood police dispatcher said the department had fielded about 1,000 telephone calls. The dispatcher said police checked surrounding areas to make sure the sound was really coming from the St. Paul festival.
St. Paul police dispatchers received about 350 noise complaints said Capt. Bob Gray.