Date: July 15, 1995
Venue: New World Music Theatre
City: Tinley Park
Country: United States
Beck's diary entry in the Lollapalooza Tour Diaries book:
“chicago. 300+ dead. the overwhelming dissolution of equilibrium, drenched and submerged in an atmospheric miasma. oppressive temperatures from every direction. the audience seemed vast and lethargic. a large industrial structure with upper spectator decks lk a hanger for a gasless craft.”
Not the best sounding recording, but good enough for a listen, but not quite enough to get a sense of Lollapalooza's rowdiness.
Beck previews the still-a-year-from-release Odelay songs: an aggressive "Novacane" (introduced as "Novacane Expressway" but sounding much as you'd expect it, even with the noisy breakdown at the end) and "Where It's At" (seems to have some girl background singers and a bit different ending, but is relatively complete at this point, even has more samples in it) show up. Also Beck sings a few lines in "Pay No Mind" which would later end up in "Lord Only Knows." A hyper take on "Diskobox" includes a hyper, only-on-live-versions middle verse that isn't on the record.
Everything listed after "Loser" was a second set performed later (halfway through the first set, Beck told the crowd to come down to the second stage at 8pm where he'd be playing an acoustic set).
The second set bootleg also doesn't sound great, unfortunately. But the audience is quiet and Beck's acoustic folk songs are clear enough. It's a nice set, and it feels like he's performing some old favorites in front of some friends or something. Beck invites The Frogs out in the middle of the set, and they do a short medley of two of their songs. I think Beck sings along, but it's hard to tell for sure.
[people and bands
Bass: Abby Travis
Drums: Joey Waronker
Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
Guitar (Electric): Beck Hansen, Sunny Reinhardt
Harmonica: Beck Hansen
Keyboard / Synthesizer: Mike Boito
Other Band: Brainiac, Coolio, Cypress Hill, Hole, Pavement, Sabalon Glitz, Sinead O'Connor, Sonic Youth, The Coctails, The Geraldine Fibbers, The Jesus Lizard, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Yo La Tengo
Vocals: Beck Hansen, Dennis Flemion, Jimmy Flemion