Wish We Were There: The Top Five Moments From Lollapalooza 2011


Another summer weekend, another festival we couldn’t attend. Here’s why we’re jealous of this year’s Lollapalooza attendees:

Foster The People Open Friday Strong
Need proof that You Oughta Know favorite Foster The People is more than just one hot single? Check out how many people made the effort to turn out for their Lollapalooza set on 3:00PM Friday (a tough festival slot considering many attendees were still en route or, locally, at work). Or look how pumped up (pardon the pun) the huge crowd is for “Life On the Nickel,” above, which wasn’t even on their EP.

Muse and Coldplay Duel On Friday Night’s All-British Rock Close
Coldplay may have been the obvious big draw on Friday night, and they reportedly thrilled their audience with a scaled-back but powerful set, but seeming scheduling underdogs Muse held their own with the help of fireworks, Nirvana riffs, and laser lights. It sounds like a metaphor for the simplicity vs. spectacle tour debate that Jay-Z and Kanye allegedly had. That said, we doubt any attendees at either stage wished they were at the other stage during the twin Friday finale.

Patrick Stump Shows Off His Inner Teddy Riley
No matter how big Fall Out Boy may have been, Patrick Stump‘s forthcoming solo effort Soul Punk has seemed underheralded, possibly because of the stylistic shifts he’s made in the process. Even fans of “Oh Nostalgia” like us were thrilled (and jealous of attendees) that Stump’s set included a new-jack swing cover medley of “This Is How We Do It,” “Every Little Step I Take,” “Motownphilly,” and “Poison.”

Eminem Goes (Surprisingly) Hard
We haven’t been the biggest fans of Eminem‘s live performances, but the MC absolutely stepped it up to close out Saturday. His set included not only guest appearances by Royce da 5’9″ and Bruno Mars for Bad Meets Evil‘s “Lighters” but also a crowd-wowing medley of “My Name Is,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “Without Me.”

Foo Fighters Close The Festival For Joe Lunchbucket
With all the (rave) reviews we saw of Foo Fighters‘ not-so-secret show at Chicago’s Metro Saturday night, it’s tempting to wonder whether anybody at the show wasn’t on the press list. Dave Grohl and co. are no elitists, though; the blue-collar band played at least as long and at least as enthusiastically to the muddy, tired masses drenched by the downpour that began Sunday afternoon. (It’s no coincidence, by the way, that their Metro show was opened by the only band that worked as hard and rocked as hard—The Joy Formidable, who also played long and crowdpleasing sets at a free pre-show Thursday and on the Bud Light Stage on Sunday.)

[Eminem Image: Getty Images]

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