When Phoenix Hosted the Very First Lollapalooza Concert in 1991: An Oral History

Entertainment July 16, 2021
When Phoenix Hosted the Very First Lollapalooza Concert in 1991: An Oral History

From Phoenix New Times by Benjamin Leatherman

The 18,000 Valley residents who gathered at Compton Terrace in Chandler on July 18, 1991, put up with all kinds of headaches. The heat was relentless. Shade was scarce. The lines for the porta-potties stretched interminably. The smell coming from them was even worse. The now-demolished outdoor venue was hosting the launch of the inaugural Lollapalooza, the groundbreaking touring alternative music festival co-created by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.

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