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LOLLAPALOOZA BRIEFLY EVACUATED DUE TO SEVERE STORM
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8/6/2012

Lollapalooza was suspended for several hours on Saturday (August 4th) and the festival grounds in Chicago's Grant Park were evacuated due to warnings that a severe thunderstorm was going to hit the area. Every stage was shut down at 3:30 p.m. CT, with concertgoers cleared from the park and sent into three shelters set up underground in the surrounding streets. The storm, reported to have caused heavy damage west of Chicago, included hail, heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts up to 75 mph.

The storm delayed the festival for around two hours, with the event resuming at 6:00 p.m. City officials and concert organizers extended the show curfew so that nearly every act still got to play its scheduled set.

The evening concluded with a 16-song headlining performance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Friday's lineup featured the only North American appearance in 2012 of three-quarters of Black Sabbath, whose 16-song performance featured classics and deep cuts from six of the eight albums recorded by the original lineup between 1970 and 1978.

A weather watch was still in effect through Sunday (August 5th), which was scheduled to close with a performance from Jack White.


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