If last weekend, you were one of the millions of people that avoided downtown Chicago because of Lollapalooza 2013. All you missed was the crowds of "Half naked, neon wearing, festival people everywhere".
The Lollapalooza 2013 three day event brought a reported 100,000 plus concert goers per day to downtown Chicago. From my totally unofficial observations, 90,000 or so were teenagers from the burbs.
Thousands of teens dressed in attire that resembled that of a Woodstock concert their grandparents may have attended. Just about all of the young girls had flowers in their hair.
As I walked around downtown Saturday afternoon I found myself singing- "I love the flower girl", lyrics from the 1967 hit song "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" by the Cowsills.
Out of the 100,000 plus crowd at Lollapalooza, I may have been one of a few dozen that ever heard of the Cowsill's.
Woodstock was filled with people from a truly rare generation.
I did not go to Woodstock, but I did see the movie. The young girls dancing topless in the mud, the people ostentatiously brandishing joints at the camera and banging bongos while Joe Cocker simulated an epileptic fit singing With a Little Help From My Friends – it all made Woodstock look like somewhere you wished you'd been. - Mick Brown
Woodstock Performance Artist included: The really really cool bands!
Richie Havens, Swami Satchidananda, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Quill, Country Joe McDonald,Santana, John Sebastian, Keef Hartley Band, The Incredible String Band, Canned Heat,Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na, Jimi Hendrix / Gypsy Sun & Rainbows.
Lollapalooza was no Woodstock
I fully expect that thirty years from now, today's concert goers will take the flowers from their hair and walk around downtown Chicago wearing a T-Shirt that reads: "I may be old but i saw all the cool bands"
* "Half naked, neon wearing, festival people everywhere" quote from twenty some nephew Dave Lobes.
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