Soo many wristbands!
After an attempt at getting *some* sleep, I got up and tried to get to the park to see Walk the Moon and An Horse, the latter who have been eluding me for a couple of years now. I *will* see them at some point, but first, I needed to get my required wristband and badges for the pre and after parties. I got a little caught up hanging out in the It’s So Miami Oasis and Express Music Lounges at the Hard Rock hotel, which included free drinks amongst other things. After doing a little mingling and realizing that it’s just not fun unless you have a VIP or Media pass (to get into the really, really cool stuff), I drank my two UV Vodka drinks and headed on down to Grant Park for day 2 of Lollapalooza.
Stand in line, check bag, scan wristband, and I was in. The first band I saw was Friendly Fires. I stayed for a couple of songs, then moved on, because Fitz and the Tantrums were about to go on at the other end of the park. Saw most of their set and was blown away! Lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick declared that he will not take off his jacket, no matter how hot it was (and it was pretty toasty out there at 2:30pm!). They roared through a pretty energetic set, including a cover of the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” while getting the crowd involved during their big hit “Moneygrabber“. This was the second best set I saw on Saturday.
Fitz and the Tantrums
Mayer Hawthorne was the next band on the opposing Sony stage. Not really my thing, even though I was into them at one point in time, but I needed my rum and maple flavored cheese on a stick since I was getting pretty hungry. From there, I went to see the recently reunited Death From Above 1979, who were loud and as amazing as one would hope! During the song “Romantic Rights“, drummer and singer Sebastien Grainger jumped down and was all over the lady doing the sign language, eventually telling her which hotel he was staying at, which led to huge cheers from the crowd. DFA1979 was probably the best set I saw all weekend. It was time for a frosty beverage, so hello Bud Light Lime!
Death From Above 1979
VH1’s Jim Shearer
I wandered around for bit and saw Jim Shearer from VH1’s Top 20 Countdown filming his show. I went back to see the Deftones, who had one of the biggest crowds at a smaller stage that I saw all weekend. It was my first time seeing them and they were amazing!
Once they were done, it was time for another walk where I saw a bit of Ellie Goulding‘s set, but didn’t stick around for long as it wasn’t really my thing.
Next on my list was Ween, who I first saw in a really tiny club in Providence for a WBRU event sometime around 1993. Let’s just say one of them hasn’t aged well and they really should stick to smaller venues. That’s not to say they weren’t good, they were, but the stage just seemed way too big for them. I may or may not have gotten a contact buzz during their set.
The next act I wanted to see was Cee Lo Green. This was the “out of curiosity” act of the weekend for sure. I got down to the Music Unlimited stage, which had a massive crowd watched about 2 songs before I had enough. Was Cee Lo wearing a dress with shoulder spikes? What the hell was that?
Cee Lo Green
The afternoon crowd
At this point, there wasn’t really anyone I wanted to see, so I went back to the hotel to recharge my phone (again) as well as to empty the memory card which had filled up on my camera.
My Morning Jacket
As I got back to the park, My Morning Jacket was playing on the Bud Light stage. I really tried to listen to them but I just can’t get into it. I will admit to loving that “Black Metal” song though. So it was another mile trek to the other side of the park to see Eminem.
I got there as Eminem was doing “Kill You“. He seemed to be blowing through the songs pretty fast, almost as if just doing one big medley of songs. Bruno Mars came out to sing the chorus of “Lighters” and was actually pretty good.
I ended up leaving during “Like Toy Soldiers” since I wanted to get into the Saturday night Filter Magazine party, which once again, I had RSVP’d for. The bands were Foster the People and Phantogram. There was already a pretty long line, so I showered and changed real fast. I got downstairs and saw the line was even longer, so I didn’t even try. I was off to find some dinner and maybe try to get more than 3 hours of sleep for the first time in days.
Up next, day 3!