THE CAST: Some of my favorite people on the entire planet from all over the country, converging in one hotel room located directly across the street from Grant Park. (i.e. Music Central)
THE SCENE: Chicago in the Summer, with almost perfect weather. Lollapalooza Music Festival. Hoards of people walking around in jorts, body paint, Ray Ban sunglasses, American Apparel tops or Ironic T-shirts, and the occasional nearly naked girl wearing more body glitter than pants.
- TAB the Band
- Young the Giant - (they killed it! So good!)
- Naked and famous
- Delta Spirit
- Foster the People
- Tow Door Cinema Club
- A Perfect Circle
- Tinie Tempeh
- Muse - (Phenomenal! Even though I was introduced to them first through the Twilight soundtrack - they rocked so hard!)
- Girl Talk - (words can't describe how much I loved this show)
- Fitz & The Tantrums
- SuperMash Bros.
- Local Natives
- Glitch Mob - (Again- for the second time this week, they blew my mind. It would have been so much better if it was a night, but still great.)
- Eminem - (Marshall Mathers is my new future husband...he is so fucking talented!)
- The Joy Formidable - (THE most adorable, kick ass lead singer! She is like a younger, classier, prettier, more talented Courtney Love.)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - (I highly recommend their cover of "I Will Always Love You.")
- The Cool Kids
- Flogging Molly
- Cage the Elephant
- Damian Jr. Gong Marley and Nas
- Arctic Monkeys
- Explosions in the Sky - (at sunset, truly transcendental! plus every song reminded me of Friday Night Lights and Tim Riggins!)
- Deadmau5 - (un-freaking believable. His stage continuously built through his set and his fans must have spent DAYS making replica mouse heads to wear! I truly felt like one of the cool kids.)
- Foo Fighters
Tinie Tempeh declared, "Lollapalooza is WAAAY better than Coachella."
Muse opened so strong; it was truly incredible. It was also incredible watching corporate dweebs buying pot from the roaming drug dealer. Not unlike the episode of "It's Always Sunny" when Dennis and Dee decide to get hooked on crack so they can get welfare... Watching the transaction was funny - but watching the old guy trying to roll a joint in the middle of 50,000 screaming hipster kids was even better. Whatever he did - it ended up looking like a snake that just swallowed a rat.
After laughing at that dude, we hightailed it over to Girl Talk to take part in the usual sound orgy that Gregg Gillis produces. (For some reason, he loves shouting to the audience, "COME WITH ME, CHICAGO! COME WITH ME!") Listening to him close with International Player's Anthem mashed with November Rain while balloons and confetti rained down on the screaming fans - it was magic. So magical that I didn't even care that the kids in that dance crowd got to second base with me more than anyone I have dated in the past year.
I fell in LOVE with Eminem on Saturday night. I was a bit torn - I wanted to see Beats Antique, Lykke Li, Glitch Mob, Ratatat, My Morning Jacket, Pretty Lights, AND Eminem. (all in a 3 hour period of time) In the end, we decided to simplify our plans and just post up for Eminem after Glitch Mob. It was a good call, because he killed it! At one point, he started saying, "Chicago, you are so crazy! If I am going to relapse, here is the best place. Should I relapse??" The crowd started cheering...to which BlondeMess and I started shouting, "NO. Don't relapse! Why are people cheering?" Em promptly grabbed a bottle of "vodka" and started chugging...3 seconds later water projectile shot through his stomach area like a sprinkler. To which I said, "Phew! I knew he was just playing with us." (I didn't...exactly) He said, "Ah. I guess I'm just not built for that shit anymore." So tricky, Marshall! He proceeded to cover more than a decade of hits - and barely broke a sweat! His encore was Lose Yourself - which the entire crowd did. He didn't get Dre to make a guest appearance, but I forgive him. :)
The Joy Formidable is a new favorite. After falling for Eminem, I developed a girl crush on the lead singer of Joy, Ritzy Bryan. (isn't her name even adorable?!) She is a pint sized ball of fire. If you have never seen them live, you must. And be prepared for them to start throwing cats (not real cats) into the audience while they fucking tear up the stage. Ritzy actually took her electric guitar and started banging it against a gong. It was incredible.
The culmination of the event was my Sunday VIP Access...free food, free booze, air conditioned bathrooms = GLORIOUS! I enjoyed so much more music not having to run to the hotel every afternoon for a sun break + clean potty. Although I purposely stayed out of the rain during Flogging Molly and Cage The Elephant - I grabbed Bad Decision August by the horns and ran full force into the torrential downpour and mud pit of Deadmau5. I have always wanted to attend a rave, and it hit me that I will never have a better opportunity than the Woodstock-esque mud orgy of sound and lights. So I ran into the fray with the other young fools and danced barefoot in the mud like no one was watching me...while consuming 7 oz of Patron. It was a glorious bad decision. Although I was soaked to the bone - I felt young.alive.awesome. I then quickly ran over to the other main stage just in time to hear Foo Fighters belt out Best of You. At the end, I promptly returned to my hotel and died for 12 hours.