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It was the first time I had ever gone to Lollapalooza, and it was definitely the most memorable. I had my first kiss with my current boyfriend who I plan on marrying someday while we were at the Bassnectar concert at Perry's. We go to Lolla together every year now!
Lollapalooza 2009, featured one of my favorite bands of all time... Depeche Mode. As I recall, it rained all day leading up to DM's performance, and just as Dave Gahan led the guys onto the stage the rain began to lighten up and eventually stop. Depeche Mode played hit after hit, and Gahan danced with his favorite partner, his microphone stand, through their headlining set. This was definitely one of the greatest headlining spots in Lollapalooza history.
We spend lots of time at Kidzapalooza every year. In 2009 there was a raffle for a Gibson SG--a beautiful guitar. My son Trevor, who was ten, filled out the form, and then we were off to see Robert Earl Keen. We planned on leaving in time to get back for the drawing, but the set was great and by the time it ended the drawing time had passed. We headed back that way anyway to get to the other side of the park, and as we were walking past Kidzapalooza I heard someone say, "And now its time to draw the winner of the big one! This is for the SG. And the winner is..." Jokingly I turned to my son and said "Trevor Knepp", and immediately the voice said "Trevor Knepp!" We literally stopped in our tracks, but when I heard him say, "Is Trevor here? You have to be here to win," I started running towards the stage, waving my arms and screaming "We're here! We're here!" Luckily people in the back saw me, and word was yelled up toward the stage, and we made it time! Trevor says he will play that guitar on the kids stage someday!
If 3 people jumping in Buckingham Fountain wasn't funny enough, this next event made me laugh even more. While watching Dan Auerbach perform, a woman standing in front of the group I went with turns around and asks my boyfriend to give her some of the pot he was smoking. First of all, he didn't have a cloud of smoke around him so he wasn't smoking, he had no pot on him, or even smoke pot at the time so I still have no clue where she got this idea. He told her he had no pot on him, and she continued to ask him to stop hiding his stash. After around 10 minutes she got distracted and as she turned we moved to another spot. Simply amazing to me how persistent this chick was.
Impulsively and without much thought...or perhaps with much consideration I should say...I decided to flee from the scorching Austin, Texas sun as record breaking consecutive 3-digit temperatures were blanketing an unbearable and what seemed to be never ending summer! All I knew was...I wanted to head north! Then I heard my favorite alternative music radio station, 101X, promote Lollapalooza...and I reminisced having missed the opportunity while in high school when it first came out and ever since as it grew during my broke college years! Soon thereafter I found myself researching within my spare time about the event...what I had recently missed courtesy of YouTube...and what it would take to get there! With the recession in full swing and unemployed to boot...I had all the time in the world...but none of my family or friends to share the event. Alas, I was not to let a majorly minor situation such as that inconvenience me from pushing full throttle into an experience of a lifetime. No amount of on-line research, conversational and local ex-Chicagoan chat could have ever prepared me for what I was about to lay on my ''Live Music Capital of the World' ears. Despite having traveled around the world to many major cities including NYC, I felt an instant and immediately connection and affinity with Chicago as I simply fell in love with the city, it's neighborhoods, food, people, it's everything! I could barely sleep the night before as I continued making the final touches to my plan by having plotted my listening strategy to best maximize the exquisiteness my brain would feast upon that weekend and for a lifetime to come...all the while, already thinking of how I would incorporate into grandchildren story telling. I was aghast and exhilarated with the wave of people, from all around the world, partaking in the festival...the energy was like a tsunami of euphoria mixed in with a runner's high like none other. I was at the epicenter of the music galaxy enjoying the sound waves feeling like the luckiest person in the universe. The weather was cool, mid/high 90s, nothing compared to triple digits, and the rain was marvelous...tears of joy as the heavens were serenaded by all the great bands that kicked off that first day. Mud everywhere added a playful tone...everyone was stoked and happy to be there...nothing and no one could have torn off the jovial smiles in everyone's faces. There were many highlights with such an amazing line-up every single day was like a groundhog Christmas day with great musical talent day in and day out. Seeing Depeche Mode live (huge fan growing up in the 80s) was a dream come true - I was blown away by their intensity and sharing in all the love with fellow listeners! The crowd singing in unison with DM (song after song) and without DM purposefully as they listened to their fans replicate with much love their lyrics as if one with their mind...one with the deity of music herself...an amazing experience being 3rd row center watching in awe and wonderment at such potent talent! Thievery Corporation, La Roux, The Killers, Silversun Pickups, Santigold, Snoop, Ke$ha, Zap Mama, STS9, White Lies, The Knux, Perry Farrell, Diplo, Bassnectar, Tv on the Radio, Bat for Lashes, Kaiser Chiefs, The Raveonettes, Passion Pit, MSTRKRFT it was all simply phenomenal...not to mention the after parties. Sigh...the memories! The crowd of masses heading out of the majestically beautiful Grant Park through Congress all as one having just experienced a great musical orgasmic orgy all sharing the same sentiment...never wanting the music to end. Music overload? Not at all...simply music artistry at its best and rawest form to the point where there's immediate withdrawal pains after. The best of all worlds is the beauty, charm, success, and magic Lollapalooza provides to all. Established blood, new blood, varied genres, all pure and solid talent for the masses...and we simply can't get enough...the perfect symbiotic relationship. Give me Lolla...I have an addiction I can't control...It's Lolla or bust for years to come! -I heart Lolla-
Following the triumph of 2008’s festival, Lollapalooza further extended its deal with the Chicago Park District through 2018. Selling out for a second year in a row, Lollapalooza 2009’s lineup consisted of an audacious stable of college rockers and indie acts such as Animal Collective, Bon Iver and Band of Horses, as well as seasoned headliners like Depeche Mode, Tool, and The Killers.
A spate of poor weather couldn’t dampen fans spirits, and the festival won hearts and minds left and right in the press. Jane’s Addiction’s performed with their original lineup for the first time since 1991, marking their third headlining appearance at Lollapalooza - a first for the festival. In a moment of tribute, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig dedicated the band’s performance of “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” to the recently deceased film director and 80s tastemaker, John Hughes.
The Beastie Boys were initially scheduled to headline, but had to pull out from the festival after member Adam Yauch discovered he had a cancerous tumor. The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s jumped in as a last minute replacement and delivered a rousing glammy disco-punk set that was one for the history books.