It all began, fittingly, with an acid trip. In 1983, Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza cofounder Perry Farrell was just a 24-year-old aspiring rock star barely making ends meet as a bus boy. That year, he attended the US Festival, a four-day concert in San Bernardino, California, which featured acts such as David Bowie, Van Halen, U2 and the Clash.
His destiny seemed to crystallize as the drugs kicked in. “I had this really crazy precognition,” says Farrell. “I was on acid, and I just had this crazy feeling that I was going to be doing this with my life.”
Less than a decade later, during the summer of 1991, the first Lollapalooza festival toured across North America. Conceived by Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Jane’s Addiction, the 26-date road show included performers like Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes and Ice-T, accompanied by sideshow acts, costumed dancers and kids collecting signatures for Greenpeace.
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