CHICAGO — For a huge festival that prides itself on its cutting-edge lineup, Lollapalooza’s headliners Friday didn’t fit the criteria.
We’re at a point though where the Lolla lineup almost doesn’t matter; the 400,000-capacity Chicago mega-fest essentially sells out each year before the artists are announced. And there was still plenty of new and now acts Friday, along with standout veterans.
Here are five takeaways from Lollapalooza’s second day.
A classy move from the Killers, a flaming expletive from Blink: Lolla’s been fun, but Muse fans are still in a state of mourning after the band’s Lolla set ended after just three songs due to a downpour Thursday. So the Killers Friday did a solid and covered Muse’s Starlight, along with Disarm from Chicago rock royalty Smashing Pumpkins, building up to sweeping sing-alongs to its’ own unstoppable anthems All These Things That I’ve Done and Mr. Brightside.
Blink-182, on the other hand, had the f-word on stage in flames, so there’s that. Travis Barker is still a terror on the drums, but the band largely coasted on nostalgia, tainted nostalgia at that, without DeLonge’s essential whine.
Making their mark: Mondo Cozmo sure had one hell of a record release show. Early Friday morning the rising folk-flavored rocker’s debut full-length Plastic Soul dropped, and by 1:50 p.m. that afternoon, he was playing to a hearty crowd at Lollapalooza that fell into a hush for some whispered a cappella at the tip of the climax for breakout anthem Shine.
Like Cozmo, fellow newcomer Bishop Briggs blends folk, pop, soul and rock and unstoppable confidence, her voice soaring effortlessly Friday during set opener Dark Side, even if her excitable jumping undermined the brooding.
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