Of Montreal at Lollapalooza in 2009 (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Despite taking place in the middle of the Great Recession, Lollapalooza 2009 still brought almost 250,000 people to Chicago’s Grant Park.
Despite the crippling heat, humidity and rain, people’s expectations were high as the lineup included names like Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Depeche Mode, Of Montreal, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and a original-line-up Jane’s Addiction.
On Friday, Fleet Foxes played through much of their Sun Giant EP, blending gorgeous harmonies on tracks like “Ragged Wood,” “Mykonos” “Your Protector” and the beautiful “Blue Ridge Mountains.” For their set, The Decemberists eschewed a simple list of their greatest hits, instead playing their new prog rock-opera The Hazards of Love. It was a risky move, but it paid off, winning over many fans who were originally skeptical of the new material. Of Montreal let loose with an all out assault of color and sound as they played through highlights from Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer? Their show reached a joyous peak when the singular R&B singer Janelle Monae joined them onstage for a cover of David Bowie‘s “Moonage Daydream.”
Lollapalooza saved many of their heavyweights for Sunday though, with sets from Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, and Jane’s Addiction. Snoop rolled through a set of fan favorites like “Gin and Juice” and “Snoop Bounce,” while on the North side of the park Lou Reed played classics like “Sweet Jane,” “Waiting For The Man,” and “Walk on the Wild Side.” To close things out, Jane’s Addiction, featuring the first appearance of their original lineup since the first Lollapalooza in 1991. The band sounded as good as ever as Perry Ferrell wailed and Dave Navarro shredded, while bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins provided a lock-tight groove. Thankfully, they played all the songs everyone wanted to hear – hearing “Ocean Size” “Ted, Just Admit It,” “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says” live was a rare treat.
For a taste of the action, check out Of Montreal‘s artist page for a free download of “Coquet Coquette.”
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