August 15, 1992: Local fans of rockers Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers got a surprise in late July of ’92 when it was announced by Magic City Productions that Lollapalooza would make a stop in Scranton.
In addition to those headliners, the lineup for the festival included Soundgarden, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Ministry and Lush. It also featured vendors of all sorts, from informational booths to Jim Rose’s Circus Side Show.
The cost for all this was $27.50 per ticket. Tickets for the show went on sale July 25 at various outlets around the area, including Paperback Booksmith at the Viewmont Mall and Ralph’s Record City in Scranton, and sold out by July 28.

As the day of the concert grew closer, Lackawanna County officials started making plans for how to deal with the expected 17,000 people who would descend on Scranton. The county arranged for 75 shuttle buses to take concert-goers to the mountainside venue, and additional parking was made available at the Lackawanna County Stadium and Wilkes-Barre/Scranto­n International Airport.
The county also arranged for 175 police officers and 155 private security personnel to provide venue security and traffic and parking control.
When Lollapalooza day finally arrived, there were long lines for everything — shuttle buses, Porta-Pottys and even the Safe-Sex Wheel, which gave spinners a chance to win condoms and other prizes.
Lackawanna County Chief Detective Walter Carlson, who helped with security planning, said of the crowds: “These people should be commended, they were very, very orderly.”
In the end, county officials called the day a success.

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