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What happened to the Lollapalooza class of '91?

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Lollapalooza proved to be a launching pad for many artists into the stratosphere of the emerging alternative rock era. Here's what's happened to the bands from Lolla '91 ...

Jane's Addiction
They're back! The broke up in 1991, reunited in 1997, split again in 2004 and regrouped in 2008. Their latest album, "The Great Escape," is due Sept. 27, with a new single out Tuesday.

Nine Inch Nails
As you watched Trent Reznor trashing his equipment in '91, did you think to yourself, "Definite Oscar winner"? Reznor has kept NIN's industrial electronic music blaring off and on for two decades, and last year won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his music contributed to the film "The Social Network."

Siouxsie & the Banshees
Formed in 1977, Siouxsie Sioux's influential British pop band lasted into the mid-'90s. Sioux continued with an earlier side project, the Creatures (with her husband, Budgie), and continues recording as a solo artist, her most recent album being 2007's "MantaRay."

Living Colour
The New York funk-rock band was enjoying its biggest mainstream success as it toured with the first Lollapalooza. The group reshuffled, then broke up not long after, reuniting in 2000 at CBGB and recording consistently since. Corey Glover took a mid-decade break to star as Judas in a touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Ice T & Body Count
The intelligent rapper (born Tracy Marrow) began his acting career, starring in the film "New Jack City," the same year he joined the inaugural Lollapalooza. The following year, Body Count's "Cop Killer" single was the center of a controversy over violent lyrics in hip-hop. He still occasionally records, but now he concentrates on TV acting, starring for the last 11 years on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

The Butthole Surfers
The Texas punk band was subtly influential throughout the '80s, and Lollapalooza helped briefly bring them to the surface in the '90s, which included a major-label deal and a record with John Paul Jones. The last album was in 2001, and leader Gibby Haynes mentioned at a 2009 show that it might be the band's last.

Rollins Band
The intense Henry Rollins, leader of hardcore band Black Flag in the early '80s, was still easing into his new eponymous band at Lolla '91. Since then, he's worked in a variety of media, acting in TV shows ("Sons of Anarchy") and performing slam-like spoken-word tours.

The Violent Femmes
The pride of Milwaukee, the Femmes blistered in the '80s sun long before Lolla '91. By then, they'd gone a little bit country, slightly religious and back again. They recorded consistently through the end of the century, became sporadic and then dissolved over a fight sparked when leader Gordon Gano licensed the band's "Blister in the Sun" to a Wendy's commercial.

A fiery mix of funk, rock and ska, Fishbone had been a popular, energetic live act throughout the '80s, then they scored a hit album with 1991's "The Reality of My Surroundings." Still a hot live band, they've released four albums in the last 10 years, three of them live collections.

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