Last Sunday Bev and I went to my first concert festival - Lollapalooza Chile. It was a two day event, but since my parents were in town on Saturday we decided to inaugurate ourselves with one day. It was a packed day, and we were very glad we went. Definitely hoping to do more festivals back in the US. So here's the my ranking of all the bands we saw from worst to best.
#10: The Crystal Method
#8: Juana Fe
Cumbia is really popular around Latin America. As such it has spawned groups that try to hip it up, like Juana Fe from Chile by adding hip-hop and rock elements. They're a self described "Fusión / Latina / Rock". The problem with Cumbia is that after a few songs it tends to sound the same, so a 45-min set was hard to digest.
#7: Foster The People
I know! Hey, this is a tough ranking. Foster The People had their hit song, which admittedly is super catchy, but their other stuff sounds nothing like it. While they are acceptably musical and poppy, we just didn't dig their stuff.
What?? Blasphemy?!?! I know, I'm upsetting the Billboards. Same problem as above. MGMT is more musically sound and trained than FTP, but again not our taste. Also, they had "new stuff"... which was a bit out there.
#5: Systema Solar
These guys from Colombia, rocked a self described on MySpace as "Alternativa / Electrónica / Latina" beat. But better described as super catchy and dancy tracks. Check out their jam Bienvenidos.
#4: Perryetty vs. Chris Cox
Both these guys rocked the house! I hadn't heard of Perryetty, until we realized it was actually Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane's Addiction and the founder of Lollapalooza.
#3: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
This was a last minute change. I had JJ at #4, but you know what? I think it takes more awesomeness to rock live music than DJ-ing (sorry Yuriy - we can debate this). So at 53, I was damn impressed with how much energy JJ had. She rocked the entire stage and did so really well. Everyone knows "Bad Reputation", and she had a score of other good songs that I recognized but didn't know where hers.
#2: Tinie Tempah
I didn't recognize the name, but I've just looked him up and realized that he did the hit "Written in the Stars". We either missed that song, or didn't stay long enough, but while he was performing he was on point - working the crowd, working the stage and executing flawless rapping.
#1: The Foo Fighters
This was the big headliner, the act that everyone waited around for until it got dark, long after MGMT had finished playing. The entire crowd stood at the stage or camped out on the lawn for the Foo Fighters. Boy did they put on a kick-ass show! They gave it 100% for two straight hours, and I'm talking about as one song ended, they would kick into the next song. They rocked out really hard, with great interaction with the crowd, running around the stage and awesome solos. I couldn't believe just how many of their songs I know.. and in turn how many famous songs they're responsible for. Hopefully we'll get to see them again in the states.
P.s. Bev has asked me to mention that everything started on time, which was damn near a miracle given how many acts they were managing simultaneously. Kudos to Lollapalooza.
All in all a long day, but totally glad we went!
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