Lollapalooza coverage! InMusic arrives in Chicago.
After a 4:30am wakeup call, a mandatory Tim Hortons pit stop, and a 9 hour drive, we've arrived in Chicago, Illinois for what promises to be one of the year's biggest concert festivals. Since 1991, Lollapalooza has played host to some of music's biggest and baddest bands, and the 2010 show is set to continue the trend.
With a list of artists that boasts Lady Gaga, Green Day, Jay Z, the Arcade Fire and more, the Lollapalooza posters that line the stifling summer streets of Chicago read like a who's who of today's music industry. This is the dream team of concert lineups and I'm going to be there, cheering them on with double devil horns and hoarse expletives. It's been a while since I've seen a festival lineup good enough to make me want to DROP absurd amounts of dollars, but I've got a good feeling about this one
For the first time in 13 years, Soundgarden is taking a stage - hell, the stage - to rock out 1990s style for a night. It's like the Lollapalooza organizers somehow got a hold of my bucket list. Fly a jet fighter - check. High five Bruce Willis - check. See Soundgarden live - check. Ever since I first popped Superunknown into my walkman to kill time in grade 7 science class, I've been hooked. But before I was old enough to go to a concert sans-parents, Soundgarden had to go and breakup. And now, at long last, I'll be seeing them live. Sans-parents.
Sure, Green Day will probably play some ridiculously long, high energy marathon set. The Arcade Fire will probably let loose some Canadian indie rock goodness on to unsuspecting Chicago hordes. And Lady Gaga will probably (definitely) ride out on to the stage on a motorcycle made out of cell phones, wearing nothing but a diaper and a bra that shoots flames. Needless to say, it should be good.
But that'll be nothing, nothing, compared to seeing Chris Cornell walk out on to the stage in front of his own band to deliver line after line of killer, we-were-the-real-Seattle-grunge-deal verses from the alt-rock bible. Grade 7 Me, eat your heart out.
This will be my first time ever at Lollapalooza and frankly, I'm not too sure what to expect. Being that it's in Chicago - and I love Chicago - I anticipate an enjoyable weekend in beautiful Grant Park.
I would say there's a pretty even spread of bands that I am familiar with vs. bands that I've never heard of, so there is a lot of potential for discovering some great new music. Obviously, I'm looking forward to the three headliners: Lady Gaga, Green Day and Soundgarden, all of which are sure to put on amazing performances to close out each night. Lady Gaga I hope (and expect) to be particularly entertaining; although I've never seen her before, the reviews I've read have all talked about her amazing sets and wardrobe changes. Let's be honest, she's going to be a show with or without her vocal talents!
The two other bands that I'm most looking forward to are Social Distortion and Minus the Bear. Social D with Mike Ness has been around since '79 and is one of those bands that is mandatory to listen to if you're into any form of punk rock (or music in general). Heck, even "the Boss" loves this band, and although it's unlikely, my fingers are still crossed for a Springsteen cameo. Even without it, I know that Social D are going to rip it hard this weekend.
Minus the Bear are one of the lesser knowns on this lineup, but are an incredible indie/math rock band that have been touring in support of their newest album, Omni. They typically play much smaller venues (and will be headlining a show at the Double-Door on Saturday night), so I'm curious to see what they'll bring to the table on a larger scale. There should be lots of guitar and synth-based rocking out.
More to come this weekend!
This year's festival should be a great one based on the big three headliners alone... Not to mention the massive supporting cast of top quality artists set to play. I'd have to say I am really excited on Friday night to see Lady Gaga. I read that they made a custom built
stage just for her performance. I feel like at a huge festival like this Gaga is really gonna turn it up and bang out a killer show.
Social Distortion is a band I've liked for over 15 years and I was really happy to hear they were playing the festival. Mike Ness is one of the best song writers ever and always puts on a great show, it's nice to see them getting the respect they deserve playing a major
festival like this.
Saturday night Green Day take the stage for what I'm sure will be one of the performances of the festival. I've loved them for the last 17 years. I've seen them about 10 times and I feel that they keep getting better with time. I know lots of purists who insist they haven't been good since "Dookie" but I disagree. I think they have
matured into one of the best bands around today. They always put on a huge show and at a festival this big I'm sure that they are gonna blow the non existent roof off of this place.
All that being said... I think everyone is most looking forward to the Soundgarden reunion. This has to be one of the most anticipated shows of the year, let alone Lollapalooza. After a few unsuccessful solo albums and side projects the boys have decided to get back together and rip it up at Lollapalooza. I remember the first time I put on my cassette tape of "superunknown" it blew me away. "Black Hole Sun," "Spoonman," "Fell on Black Days" -- all classics. I simply can not wait to see this show.
Stay tuned for coverage this weekend from Lollapalooza.