Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The spooked horses of Lollapalooza

On August 2, 1994, the fourth annual Lollapalooza tour rolled into Saratoga, New York for a stop at the famous Saratoga Springs Racetrack. That was the year the lineup featured the Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, The Verve, and a ton of others.

The horses that lived in the nearby stables had been through everything: busy racing cards, crazy crowds, heavy thunderstorms—the works. But they had never been through anything quite like Lollapalooza.

Several horses were so freaked out by the loud music coming from the festival site that they had to be tranquilized and scratched from their races.

Not alt-rock fans, then…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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