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What?!! – 6 of the Biggest Music Surprises of 2016

As recap season chugs along, it’s time to review the news in the music world that made you shake your head in disbelief this past year. It was chalk full of surprises, good and bad. From Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary to some shocking music deaths, here’s 6 of the biggest surprises of the year.

In Memoriam

Starting out on a sad note, 2016 was a year that took so many great musicians from us. It started out by the shocking news of David Bowie’s death in January. Just two days prior, he released his album “Blackstar” for what is known now as a parting gift to his fans. It’s also one of the best of the year.

Then on April 21st, Prince suddenly passed away leaving millions of people absolutely stunned. Tons of musicians paid homage to him by covering him on tour this summer, and I think we all know that there will never be anyone quite like Prince to come along again. Just recently, Greg Lake was taken from us as well. Here’s to hoping 2017 is a kinder year to legends of music.

The Return of LCD Soundsystem

At last, LCD Soundsystem resurfaced in 2016 for the first time in 5 years playing a million live shows and planning a new album for 2017. They delivered one of the best Lollapalooza sets of all time and played two intimate pre-shows at Metro. From what I heard those shows were absolutely insane, but so was their bow they wrapped on the 25th edition of Lolla. Relive the whole set below.

Unofficial Top 5 Reunions of 2016

5. Misfits
4. Wolf Parade
3. Guided By Voices
2. The Avalanches
1. LCD Soundsystem

Wrigley Field – Home of the Champs and Amazing Concerts

Over the past few years, there’s seemed to be an upward tick on the number of quality concerts at Wrigley Field. Just Friday, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announced a Wrigley Field date next summer on June 29th. I personally can’t contain my excitement to finally see them live, The Cubs seem to be making the most of Wrigley when the team is on the road. Phish, James Taylor and Pearl Jam headlined a great year at Wrigley. Watch Eddie play “All The Way” as a pre cursor to what was about to happen in the few months after this show.

Chicago’s Whitney Blew Up

When you make a great album, whether it’s your 14th or first, people are going to notice. That’s exactly what happened when Logan Square’s own Whitney released Light Upon The Lake on June 3rd. With the momentum of singles “No Woman” and “Golden Days”, the album jolted into many different sets of ears all over the world and now is being included on virtually every “Best of” list. They just sold out Thalia Hall for two nights, but I’m sure will be back very soon.

25th Anniversary of Lolla Begins New 4 Day Format

Time flies and there’s no better definition than the fact that Lollapalooza has been a fixture in culture for 25 years. For the first time ever, Lolla expanded to four days and it was a major success. The C3 guys announced to us backstage that Lollapalooza is now officially a four day music festival. What was your highlight of the weekend? Take a look at Radiohead performing “Paranoid Android” below.

The Fate of Double Door

Locally, a story you’ve probably seen is the ongoing location dispute of Double Door. First, a judge ordered them to vacate the premises over a contract dispute and they fought back. As of September, it was announced that owners might relocate to Logan Square’s State and Savings Bank building. The latest is that a judge ruled they can stay through the end of the year and owners said they’ll keep pushing back until they’re “exhausted of appeals”. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the venue in 2017. Here’s some of the best sets in the venue’s history.

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