August 7, 1992. Lollapalloza rolled into Great Woods, with main stage sets by Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains. Then Ministry took the stage and all hell broke loose.
Within minutes of their opening song–a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Supernaut”–concertgoers were tearing up the lawn and, by the end of the set, had uprooted an entire wooden fence and set it ablaze. Blogger Bill Brenner shares his account of the day here.
If you caught Lollapalooza 92, you caught lightning in a bottle with the aforementioned bands–all on their way to legendary status–playing alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, and Smashing Pumpkins.
And if you happened to be at the Jones Beach tour stop, the real headliner was Hurricane Andrew.
While I wasn’t able to find footage of any full sets from the Great Woods date, I did dig up a short clip of Eddie Vedder backstage. So check that out, then dive into Soundgarden’s set from July 22 in Wisconsin.
Everyone has their favorite summer music festival memories, but few top Lollapalooza in 1992.