[photogallerylink id=93284 align=left]The crowd-pleasing British group rocked with old hits as well as electrifying new material, ending with a barrage of fireworks to close out Day One. The set included a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, as Chris Martin and company played a portion of “Rehab” before breaking into “Fix You”. Friday also boasted the best weather by far of the weekend along with some of the best performances.
Saturday was met with sun, warmth, and more joyous performances by a ton of great bands. XRT listeners flocked in masses early in the afternoon to see Fitz & The Tantrums, a fun-loving, neo-soul pop band who got the audience involved every chance they could.
Fitz & The Tantrums – “MoneyGrabber”
[photogallerylink id=93593 align=left]No matter how hot it was, Fitz said he wouldn’t take off his bright pink suit jacket. “I’ll pass out before I take this jacket off,” he said to a barrage of cheers. Between playing track after track from their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces, they threw in a few reinvented covers such as “Steady As She Goes” by the Raconteurs and the Eurythmics’ hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”. Of course, fans went crazy when their mega-hit “MoneyGrabber” closed out their set with a bang. Marty Lennartz also got a lively interview out of the guys in the band. Moving on through the day into the evening, the heat stayed around while the headliners got ready to go on. Lykke Li was a natural on stage, crooning and dancing for a large early evening crowd while touting and occasionally using a drumstick throughout her set.
[photogallerylink id=93888 align=left]My Morning Jacket was the talk of the festival; though they had played in 2007 and were already highly discussed among music lovers, their success had not yet reached the height that it has achieved today. Their spectacle of a light show and live performance has gone down in the annals of concert history as being a must-see, and they did not disappoint as Saturday headliners at Lollapalooza. Closer “One Big Holiday” is always a treat for fans of the band, and one would be hard-pressed to think of a better way to end the day.
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