WHOOSH! AN AIDS BENEFIT BRINGS TOGETHER ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS FOR SOME ALTERNATIVE SKIING.
Call it Slushapalooza. While the sun was stoked to light up the rainbow of colored caps, hair, and T-shirts arrayed on the 5,500 shredheads in attendance, it also cooked the mosh pit into a soup of melted snow. Nevertheless, Board AID ’95-part concert, part snowboarding free-for-all-raged on Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear, Calif. The March 15 event, sponsored by Airwalk Footwear and Warp magazine, among others, grossed $150,000 to benefit various LIFEbeat charities that promote safe sex education and AIDS awareness. For its own part, the mostly teenage crowd was mostly promoting truancy. The kids cut school to see Porno for Pyros, Biohazard, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, and the Goats blow eardrums at the base of the mountain. At a higher elevation was the knee-knocking snow ramp where the intrepid flipped and spun in the Big Air jump, a pros-only competition. Down safer slopes came such familiar faces as Danny Boy from House of Pain, Donita Sparks of L7, and MTV’s Kennedy. ”Today was my first day snowboarding ever,” said psyched newcomer Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. ”I sacrificed muscle, bone, life, and limb for the cause, but I’m pretty fearless.” The more experienced Brit-soul slider Seal belied his mammalian namesake, complaining of ”sludgy and yech” conditions. Back in the pit, Porno for Pyros’ show inspired moshers to hurl iceballs at Perry Farrell, who dedicated the set to a woman by the stage with a fresh shiner. Later, during a rendition of Jane’s Addiction’s ”Mountain Song,” snowboarding had nothing to do with it as bodies flew onto the stage. A lot of Board AIDers needed Band-Aids. Farrell put a positive spin on the event: ”I just love snowboarding. It makes you wanna grow wings real bad.”