Even with an endless supply of live music at Lolla, a few other things caught our eyes and ears. For example:
Joey Fatone look-alike wearing a shirt with Fatone's face that read "Fat one." It goes to show that if you look like a celebrity and can't prevent the comparison, embrace it!
For those who wanted to feel like they had a backstage pass, Q101 handed out Lollapalooza laminates at its tent. Problem was they provided no access and simply a schedule of each day. What a deal!
Rather than ripping off a sweaty shirt mid-set, Iggy Pop skipped the strip-tease all together and started The Stooges' set topless. Of course, when he invited fans to rush the stage, he probably would've had it ripped off anyway.
As hard as Juliette Lewis is trying to distance herself from her acting while she rocks with Juliette and the Licks, she clearly needs to work harder, as we still overheard one fan saying, "This is the actress."
Worse, though, is that Lewis is lying to us! She may look the part as a rock 'n roll frontwoman, but she shouldn't be saying that, after playing overseas for the last year, Lolla is her band's "U.S. premiere." If it is, then what would you consider the band's opening slot for Chris Cornell at Congress Theatre a few weeks ago or their show at The Note last night?
Stay tuned for more random observations throughout the weekend.
When one show's winding down on the Bud Light stage and another's starting on the Adidas stage, it can be hard to tell just where the crowd from one show ends and the next begins. The logical solution to this problem, of course, is to gather up 200 or so empty souvenir beer cups and form a large, plastic arch that fans can pass under to get their bearings. Perfect!
Jackpot! Where has the AT&T Oasis been our whole lives (or yesterday)? If you can grab the faux leather chair facing out the door toward the MySpace stage you get several things:
1) One killer seat with a prime view of the stage and decent sound.
2) air conditioning (not really needed today, but good to note for the future.
3) the largest umbrella at the festival (500x700 ft)
4) A Cubs win on the flat screen to my left (whoo-hooo!)
Who needs a $30,000 cabana when we have this for free?
From the volunteers picking up trash to the artists themselves, there are a lot of people working hard this weekend to make it all happen. But for a brief while, nobody was working harder than the sign language interpreter for The Roots, whose skills were tested in grand fashion when he had to keep pace with the frenetic lyrics of "Here I Come."
93.1 WXRT doesn't want to see you wet. Ponchos with the radio station's logo were a hit among concertgoers seeking relief from the rain.
Lolla '07: Random observations
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