As I mentioned before, this weekend was amazing...here are some pics of the weekend and some random observations and highlights from Lollapalooza...Dodge
got a lot more pics than me, and they're a lot better, so be sure to check for his:
When I arrived at O'Hare, as I was waiting for my ride into the city, I got to meet this Austin band
you might've heard of, and they even put on an impromptu pre-Lollapalooza show right there at the airport:...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
This is our ghetto fabulous hotel...and not all of the sheets were bloody, only mine. But Dee hooked me up w/ a clean sheet. Thanks Dee! Plus it was great to be right across the street from Grant Park.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the B-Boy battle royale breakdown thing they had, where crews of break dancers battled each other, "You Got Served" style...here's one of the dancers warming up, the guy w/ the mohawk on the right actually opened up for Digable Planets.This duo
from Akron, OH, was awesome. It was the first time I had seen them live, and they were amazing.The Black Keys
from Blonde Redhead
walking her dog after their set. I only caught a couple songs, but they were good.
Okay, now for me, the two biggest highlights of the weekend were the Digable Planets
performance, and the Arcade Fire's
unbelievable set. Dodge and I were up close for both, and trust me, both acts made TONS of new fans. And if you watched the bands that were playing opposite these two (Weezer
or G. Love
), I feel sorry for you.Ladybug Mecca, looking as hot as everRegine and Will sound-checkingRegine and Will show the crowd their better sidesthe band absolutely kills "Laika"Other highlights:
The Dead 60s
, who I had never heard, were great and if you get the chance to see them live, do it.
Watching this guy
dance...I swear he was on the stage for every single performance we saw all weekend...we met him and Dodge's wife MJ got a picture w/ him.
During Tegan & Sara's
abbreviated set, the heat almost knocked out Sara, who had to sit down. Tegan said, "All my dreams have come true, Sara has left the band". Pretty funny, but they had to cut the set short, when after a couple of valiant efforts, Sara couldn't continue. The heat was pretty brutal.
Listening to Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre
absolutely rip Dashboard Confessional
, who were playing opposite them. He said something along the lines of "I wish Bon Jovi over there would shut the fu** up", and something about how a Dashboard poster above your bed would be the most effective form of birth control.
Listening to The Walkmen
's set while watching the Digable Planets soundcheck, and finding out Butterfly is a fan of the band...he sang along and knew every word.
Watching ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
's drummer trash not one, but two drum sets at the end of their set. Most enthusiastic and destructful instrument thrashing I've ever seen.
Cracking up at what a douchebag The Bravery's lead singer
is. This guy is way less important/talented than he thinks he is. I watched one song and I couldn't take anymore.Other bands I saw and really enjoyed: Death Cab For Cutie
, The Killers
, Ben Kweller
, and a bunch more I can't remember right now. I'm pretty sure Dodge
got a bunch of pics of all of these so be sure to check them out as soon as he gets around to posting them.