Lollapalooza Day 1: "My Favorites"
Bands I planned to see on day 1 at #Lolla
Lollapalooza Day 1 - what really happened
As much as I would love to be a carefree music festival goer, someone has to pay the bills! Therefore, every daytime act on Friday was an impossibility because I had to work. Luckily, I work across the street from Grant Park, so I simply had to go outside and walk through Millennium Park to get to Lollapalooza.
I was hoping to leave the office in time to catch Band of Horses (at 4:15), but that was just a foolish dream - being able to leave work early on a Friday, that's less likely than a double rainbow. I had strong hopes for Thievery Corporation (and so desperately wanted to see that show), but that too turned out to be a hope and not an actuality. Thanks work! Hey, it's OK, without work I couldn't afford the price of admission.
I was finally able to make it to New Order, after meeting my friend Efsun who was coming down from the 'burbs. Navigating the festival grounds is always a bit tricky for me as I am terrible with maps and directions overall. Plus, I never trust +efsun korman, she could get lost in a corner. Later, we found my friends Adam and Michelle - which is always easy. I some how end up 15 feet from +Adam Georges no matter where I go.
Not the most flattering photo of Efsun, but you needed a picture
I was a New Order fan growing up, I've seen them live in the past, so I was looking forward to seeing them. But, I wasn't expecting much, because when it comes to bands that play music that is very genre-specific, and especially when that genre saw its heyday 20+ years ago, I can't imagine that they're going to blow anyone away - we just live in a different time and place. My expectations of New Order were medium to low, and they absolutely met those expectations. I thought the show was good, not great. However, there was one exception, the cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart was horrid, almost like an insult. That is a song that shouldn't be messed with because it holds so much value to so many people from that era, they just shouldn't have played it.
Next up NIN
We headed straight for whatever stage Nine Inch Nails was to perform on. Usually for the bands I really like, I like to be up front so I can see. In fact, I've been known to get crushed against the gates before, but that's just part of the experience. (I'm embellishing just a touch so you can understand how important it is for me to see).
We dilly dallied too much on our way to the stage - someone had to eat, someone had to pee, I needed another Bud Lime-a-Rita (highest alcohol content available of all the beverages in the park, FYI), we ran into some people we knew, etcetera, etcetera. By the time we FINALLY got to the stage, there was no chance I was getting anywhere near Trent Reznor.
We inched our way to the middle of the crowd, and there I stood in a sea of men taller than me with one big bald head in my direct field of vision.
THIS was all I saw of Nine Inch Nails
After a while I decided being in a sea of men was was too much to take, so Efsun and I parted ways with Adam and Michelle and headed to the back of the crowd. It was far more pleasant to watch from the back.
Takeaways from NIN show:
1) Trent Reznor is still awesome, and his arms are super buff from what little I could see
2) The stage show / lighting was great from what little I could see
3) Which brings me to my last takeaway -- why on god's earth did they not have the screens turned on so we could see? Idiots!
If you saw NIN at Lollapalooza this year, i would LOVE to hear your thoughts and comments. And please tweet me your pics @leyla_a .
Stay tuned for my Lolla wrap report for Day 2 and Day 3 -- better late than never. While you're waiting, go look at my pics on Flickr and on Instagram.