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I HAVE WHAT MAY BE a silly question for the author of the Arts section article on this year’s Lollapaloozer show (“Revenge of the Troglodytes,” 8/11). Unfortunately, due to the tone of his article, I find it difficult to frame my question without resorting to vulgarities. To put it nicely, what is Mr. Dean’s major malfunction?

I will most definitely grant that Lollapaloozer is a lame concert. And I would definitely agree that it gets even lamer with each passing year. However, it’s obvious that the Charles Town event that he attended was a different one than I attended. Many of his characterizations were just plain wrong.

The security, for instance, was hardly draconian. The only containers they made you leave outside were glass and cans (potentially dangerous) and unsealed containers. While it may have sucked for some people to have to ditch their half-consumed drinks, it makes sense to have that policy, for safety reasons. Opened containers mean that you could have something mixed into the liquid, be it alcohol, acid or something else. On a day like Aug. 3, where the weather was brutally hot, no one needed anything to help them become more dehydrated or less aware of their body state.

The show could have been a lot more commercialized. The area of non-food-related booths was rather small. Hell, it was smaller than the combined area covered by the toilet and washing facilities. Granted, most of the stuff was ratherkitschy, but how elegant a display can you put on in that kind of atmosphere? Something elegant would be out of place in that setting.

Mr. Dean complains about the kids. From his tone, I can only guess that he’s a bitter old man, pissed that “the young’uns” are invading his domain. I say, get over it. Yeah, a fair portion are MTV-inspired trendoids, but they’re basically harmless. Let them do things “to be seen.” Those people are laughable and will be shunned by the people that matter anyway.

The only legitimate complaint I read in that article was about the mud-slingers. Although even that was a hack job. Not all, or even most, of the moshers were involved in that. It was probably less than 50 people out of several hundred moshers, out of a crowd of several thousand.

Next time you send someone to cover a “story” like Lollapaloozer, send someone who doesn’t have a bug up his ass. Send someone who might actually enjoy going to the activity. Don’t send someone who’s looking to see only the bad side.

Trust the Madness.

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