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Lollapalooza 2009 Review

Posted by hhcash - September 13th, 2009

I know Lollapalooza was over a month ago, but hell, I'm going to review the 3 day show. I got this idea from Nev.


Manchester Orchestra
I didn't know much of this band. I heard their recordings beforehand, but i thought it was alright. When I saw them at the beginning of the day out of boredom, I was impressed. It wasn't the best live performance, but I still really enjoyed the music. Good start

White Lies
I actually didn't really get into White Lies (actually the only song I love by them is Death) until after Lolla, but it was a good performance. Very british. However, it started to pour towards the end, and it stayed pouring and freezing for about 4 hours. It sucked.

The Decemberists

Of Montreal
These guys are catchy on record, but live, they were "overly trippy" and sounded messy, like Animal Collective (which would play the next day, at the same stage at the same time, coincidentally). In addition, i was in a very uncomfortable spot in the audience. So I just left after about 15 minutes.

Kings of Leon
By the far the highlight of the day. The weather was back to normal, it was a gloomy night. At first, i was in a pretty terrible spot, but i pushed my way and found a pretty good spot toward the side of the stage. The stage was still far away, but I had plenty of room around me (and hence a good view) and could hear fine. That's all that matters. I highlight of the show was, of course, Sex on Fire. Everyone in the midwest knows that song, so it was expected that the audience would be loud. You couldn't even hear the band play during the words "YEAH! THIS SEX IS ON FIRE!". That was one of the best moments of the weekend.


Not into rap at all, but I don't mind Atmosphere, and my friends were there so it was a decent time. And they played Yesterday, my favorite song by them. The bass was really loud and bothered me though.

Coheed & Cambria
I was pretty close. First crazy show all weekend, there was a mosh pit and such. I was only there for 30 minutes of the hour.

I waited for 30 minutes for this awesome shoegaze band. I ended up being in the 5th row of the few hundred rows going back. They were great. The best was when they played Daddy's Gone, their best song (at the time, I was really into Flower & Football Tops at the time, and they played that too, which was good) at the end of the show. The problem is, I felt like their biggest fan out of everyone in the fucking audience.

TV on the Radio
TV on the Radio was the biggest disappointment. They are amazing on recording, but live they are terrible, mostly because there was little emotion and the songs sounded so different live than from the recordings. I left a little early for this too.

Normally on the two giant plasma screens next the main stages, they simply showed the band playing, as normal, for the many people cannot see the stage. However, Tool did sometime unique. On the screens, you can see a 3-D rendering of Tool's attempt to revisit the psychedelic experiences (mostly creepy ones) that are used to express the songs. These strange CG are totally something Tool would do, and it works, and gives you something to look at instead of the screens showing the bands themselves.

I'll post Sunday soon.

Comments (2)

Fuck you homosexual. >:CCCCC

Of all those, I've only seen Coheed and Cambria live. It was actually pretty awesome.
Concerts are soo fun!