The first day of the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza went off pretty much as any day of the fest usually does--there were highlights, there were not-so-highlights, there was crazy heat, there a constant cattle call of people, there was a cloud of pot smoke hovering over everything (I could go on and on...).
After hearing that the temperature would be in the low 80s throughout the weekend, I was kind of disappointed to be uncomfortably sticky halfway through the Vaccines, which was my first show of the day. Despite that fact I had a great time during the set. Channeling The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Ramones and adding in a dash of classic Spector girl-group, the London-based foursome delivered a performance perfect for getting geared up for three full days of sun and music. The band played everything from their debut LP What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, getting the crowd most excited with fast-paced rockers such as "If You Wanna," "Wreckin' Bar" and set closer "Norgaard," but also keeping interest during slower tunes like "Blow It Up" and "Wet Suit." They also threw in a cover ("Good Guys Don't Wear White") and a B side ("We're Happening"). I'm not sure I had as good a time during anything else I saw on day one.
|Reptar (photo: Frank Krolicki)|
|Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (photo: Frank Krolicki)|
|Smith Westerns (photo: Frank Krolicki)|
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At this point it already seemed like a full day, but there was still plenty to go. Check out my next post to read about more acts from day one, including The Mountain Goats, OK Go and headliners Coldplay.