August 7, 2011 by Post Team
Coldplay Lollapalooza, After attending five of the seven Lollapalooza (including this year) in Grant Park, I can safely say: This is the most important variety Lolla Chicago edition to date. (The touring version ran from 1991-97 and was revived in 2003.)
For all charges should be top-notch, considering it is the festival’s 20th birthday, a milestone that some of the revered music festivals in the country – Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits (all of whom turned 10 this year) – remain a decade or more far-reaching.
Foo Fighters are set to close the event on Sunday night, and My Morning Jacket Eminem topped the bill on Saturday, and on Friday pitted two of England (perhaps the world), the most popular bands among themselves Muse Coldplay vs. Who pulled in more fans? Put on a show striking? He got more singing in chorus that echoed through the streets adjacent to City Park?
The truth is you never know with good reason. With the main stages altogether about a mile – an area overrun by people by the end of the day – it was physically impossible to achieve both without missing important moments of each. But for me, Coldplay was the obvious choice.
Before the decision was widely powerful sets that fueled the momentum of the day very well. Vaccines that began on the main stage, followed by turns fire & the Nocturnals Grace Potter, Mata and A Perfect Circle.
Band’s performance of the latter represents Lolla objective and the founder of Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell (in collaboration with these C3, masterminds ACL) for this anniversary event. It has created an incredibly talented summit involving some of the most coveted in the world playing alongside many of the musicians who contributed to the greatness of this festival.
Vocalist A Perfect Circle is Maynard James Keenan is one of them. After the band together freakishly strong and invigorating evening (oh-so-similar to the covers-heavy that I found through recent tour), Keenan Twitter (via @ aperfectcircle): “Thank u Chicago. My fifth Lollapalooza @. Tool 93 @, 97 @ tools, aperfectcircle 03 @, 09 @ Tool, Puscifer @ 11 @ aperfectcircle someday? @ Mjkeenan. “It was really touching to read that after seeing a great display of power just hours before.
But back to what attracted me instead of Muse Coldplay …
My decision was partly due to the fact that I had just seen a Muse in LA The increase last week, and I assumed there would be no difference in the list of songs and stage show. As for downsizing below, it seems it was mostly right, except for a quick tribute to the Foos through a piece of “Burning Bridges” at the beginning of “Plug in Baby”.
Moreover, however, was curious about what would Coldplay on their “new first concert in the United States itself,” as Chris Martin put it – not to mention the debut of the band at this festival. “We always want to get to Lollapalooza,” he said at the beginning of the series. “And we took 20 years to do.”
It certainly was a day to break a fence. The opening three selections – “MX”, “hurts like the sky” and a version shocking “Yellow” – were popular enough to please those who wanted a treat just before the long tail to Muse. Similarly, that hat trick to power dedicated fans and danced only pushed closer to the group as a whole continued.
As Muse, on the other side of the field, were saluting the legends of rock that helped spawn the trio of English through riffs between songs, Coldplay saved his tribute to mark the beginning of the second song of the encore and uplifting climax. Quietly, under dim and ghostly-blue lights, Martin hit the soft melody slowed Amy Winehouse “Rehab,” singing off the front lines before threading a perfect version overwhelming “Fix You”.
Looking at the thousands of fans singing shamelessly cuts and the final number, “Every tear is a waterfall,” I thought maybe Coldplay deserves all the trumpet can happen to be one of the biggest and best bands on world. No doubt it was something real about the accused euphoric choruses echo out as round after round of multicolored fireworks shot up.
That said, at any time during your show always did seem as crowded as the headliner for the final here. To Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kings of Leon (2009), Nine Inch Nails (2008), could not get anywhere near the stage, people shoulder to shoulder for what seemed to drift leagues across the country.
For Coldplay, had plenty of room to breathe. Anyone who wanted all along, at least one viewing distance the eye of the band could have woven his way there.
Where were all the fans last night? Packed like sardines on the opposite end of the park Muse? Flooding Perry Girl Talk or Google for stage + Ratatat? Or many ticket holders away completely? (If you were to muse, please feel free to shed some light on this.)
I have a hunch – especially after seeing a thick crowd today – that a considerable number of people completely out of place or were fractions of the first day, the best to save energy and enthusiasm for tonight Eminem. As I write this, the ends of people wearing T-shirts Bad Meets Evil are invading the park.
But like I said … just a hunch.
Tracklist: Muse at Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, August 5, 2011
Main set: Intro (Siren Stadium / We are the Universe) / Lift / Supermassive Black Hole / Hysteria (with fragments of the Star-Spangled Banner / Interlude intro and outro Back in Black) / Map of the Problematique / Butterflies & Hurricanes / Guiding Light / Citizen Erased / Nisha / United States of Eurasia / Helsinki Jam / Undisclosed Desires / Resistance / Time is Running Out (with the House of the increasing introduction of the Sun) / Starlight / Stockholm Syndrome (with riff Negative Creep> Township rebellion riff> infinity nameless riff)
Encore: Plug in Baby (with Burning Bridges intro) / Knights of Cydonia (The Harmonica Man)
Tracklist: Coldplay at Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, and August 5, 2011
Main set: Introduction (Back to the Future theme) / MX / hurts like heaven / Yellow / for me / less important / Lost! / Scientist / chills / Violet Hill / God put a smile on your face / All is not lost / Us Against the World Life / Politik / Viva La / Charlie Brown / Life is for living
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