Lollapalooza: Part One

There are a few things I learned at Lollapalooza’s opening day. 1. Emeli Sande’ can seriously sing. I mean, it’s ridiculous how good she sounds live. 2. Every single person should get the chance to see Mr. Brightside performed live. It was one of the single best performances I have ever seen. And 3. The high-waist short-shorts need to go back out of style. They do not look good on anyone. (Ok, fine. The last is more of a fashion observation, but it needed to be stated.)

We started our day out with Emeli Sande’, and she was as fantastic as I expected. 45 minutes of amazing vocals. Next, we traveled to Icona Pop, who were mildly disappointing. Sure, I only knew the one song, but the other numbers were weirdly timed. Everything felt a bit jumbled up and spliced together, including the mega-hit I Love It to end the set. Not exactly a massive success.

Timeflies somehow managed to freestyle over Under the Sea, so that gets automatic props from me. If you’re into the DJ/rap trend, give them a try. Jessie Ware was a surprise to me, as I’ve only heard a song or two from her. She’s got an impressive Adele-like soul quality to her sound. (Though not quite the same pipes. I mean, who does?) Band of Horses were pretty fantastic, though we only caught half of the set. That lead singer has got some pipes, even if he is a little awkward with the segues between songs.

For our final two acts, we attempted to see Imagine Dragons. Sadly, their audio was not working very well, and we bailed. I was lucky enough to see them at the House of Blues earlier this year, and they are definitely worth seeing when the sound works. They put everything into their shows, evidenced by the lead singer’s attempt to serenade the crowd with no electricity today. Finally, we closed the night with The Killers. Brandon Flowers is such a performer. They opened with Mr. Brightside, and the hits just kept on coming, jumping from album to album with grace and ease. The guitar and drum solos to introduce each band member were also quite impressive, even causing Mr. Flowers to sit back and watch.

Overall, opening day of Lollapalooza was quite successful. The weather was beautiful, the music was impressive, and I can’t wait for tomorrow. On tomorrow’s agenda: Little Green Cars, Haim, Local Natives, The Lumineers, and Mumford and Sons.

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