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Lollapalooza 2006

Lollapalooza 2006: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: William_DavidWilliam_David
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When Lollapalooza was announced last year as a one-city, weekend festival, I was excited to find that Chicago was getting something of this caliber…then they announced the lineup. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed at the small amount of bands I wanted to see there with the high price tag .


When Lollapalooza was announced last year as a one-city, weekend festival, I was excited to find that Chicago was getting something of this caliber…then they announced the lineup. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed at the small amount of bands I wanted to see there with the high price tag that also comes with a festival of this caliber. This year's Lollapalooza arrived with almost identical feelings. There were a handful of bands there I was interested in seeing over the course of the weekend, but nothing I'd be willing drop $150 on for a three-day pass, or even $60 for one.

Through an awesome opportunity provided to me, I wound up at the festival free of charge. To begin my actual review, I just want to note that there wasn't any one day I stayed for the headliners (due to lack of interest), so if you're looking for reviews on Death Cab, Kanye, or Chili Peppers, you won't find them here. There were nine stages total, if my count was correct, including a comedy/performance stage and the kids stage, so I'm simply reviewing what I happened to catch at different points throughout the weekend.

Day 1
There wasn't a lot in terms of music I wanted to see on Friday, so I went downtown to check out the grounds and get a good feel for the festival. Friday was by far "the slow day" in terms of crowds, and I was already starting to think that the portion of Grant Park they were using might not be big enough for this festival. Certain bottleneck points meant major slowdowns, and if you were seeing a band on one side, and wanted to see one on the other, you needed to plan for a 10-15 minute trip around the park. The odd thing about the setup for the fest is that generally the two main stages (on opposite ends) played at the same time, and then all the secondary stages played in between. I believe they did this because of the way stages were organized, so that sounds weren't overlapping. However, this meant that many times, two of the big name bands were playing at the same time, which created problems traveling from one side to the other and catching what you wanted to.

The comedy stage offered some Second City performances, as well as a group called Mission: Improvable, which wasn't very exciting when I caught them. Another comedy group called Schadenfreude was hit and miss. Either way, this was the place to go when you wanted to sit, relax, and get some shade. Virgin Megastore offered signings with select bands, PlayStation offered video game relief, and a number of overpriced food and beverage distributors were located on each end. Companies offered giveaways to gain attention for themselves, while the Causapalooza area offered information on different things the festival people are pushing for, such as petitions regarding oil and pollution.

The artwork at the festival was actually really cool. One part was sectioned off, and included walls lined with artwork on these vinyl-y mesh canvas things. On Friday, there was also a car in this area stripped down to the metal. On Saturday artists started painting the car, and by Sunday, it was finished. There were also a number of human-like figures and bugs made from household items, such as door handles and remote controls.

Day 2
Day 2 was much more about the music. I went with some interest in seeing both Gnarls Barkley and Common, but walked away a little disappointed with both. I actually hadn't heard GB before, and I guess I was expecting a little more of the DangerDoom style, and when I learned it was more gospel, it was a little too laid back from what I was expecting. A friend had told me about Common -- basically being a rapper with a real band backing him up, something that sounded very cool, but again, it just wasn't enough to excite me. Instead, on another recommendation, I headed over to the PlayStation stage to check out Mike Patton's Peeping Tom. His set was very entertaining, and while I can't seem to remember the guy's name, he has another man in the band that does beat-boxing for him, and he was amazing. He did a solo section, where once you realized he was doing the deep bass parts, talking while he was doing beats and so much more, you really realized how talented he is. And as odd as their frontwoman is, the Dresden Dolls were a good band to catch for 4 songs. An "indecent exposure" moment came when she tried to slip into a t-shirt while dropping her dress at the same time. I also caught a few songs by the Smoking Popes, and was impressed with them. Sonic Youth also played on the other end, and while I only caught the last two songs of their set, they weren't playing very well.

Day 3
Compared to Saturday, Sunday was the "rock day" of the festival. The first band I really made it there for Sunday was probably the best. Reverend Horton Heat was was playing the smaller PlayStation stage to a very good crowd. Their rockabilly set was accented by a Johnny Cash cover that had everyone singing along. I previously caught just a bit of Matisyahu, which was pretty damn good as far as Jewish rap goes. On another recommendation, I checked out She Wants Revenge while waiting for Queens of the Stone Age, but their set was the worst thing I saw all weekend. QOTSA on the other hand, put on a great show, although the extended guitar solo in "No One Knows," while entertaining, wasn't nearly as good as the simpler, studio version. Wilco was obviously a bit more laid back, but also very entertaining in the final 10 minutes of the set I caught. Before taking off, I stayed in the same place to see Blues Traveler on the stage across from Wilco. It was your usual jam band set, where the songs could be good, but just never end.

Conclusion
Overall, Lollapalooza's setup/artwork/experience was all very cool to be a part of, but for the price, the music left much to be desired for all except the trendiest of new music fans. The big draws weren't as big as they could have been, and the support was lacking except for a few of the previously mentioned standout bands such as Peeping Tom and Reverend Horton Heat.

 


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Anonymous (August 28, 2006)

Manu Chao was the only reason I would have gone to Lollapalooza, and this sack of shit does not even mention him...

nonemorepunk (August 27, 2006)

Jeez this forum is vicious. GIve the guy a break. Y'know it's lucky that there's even a review of Lollapalooza on this website. To be honest I wouldn't be caught dead at that festival with that appauling lineup. The whole notion of putting rap and hip hop artists and dance groups on the same stage as rock, metal and punk acts is terrible I think. Music festivals are better when they stick to certain styles I find.

Just my opinion, so don't go jumping down my throat like it's world war 3. Anyone who listens to Gnarls Barkley is an idiot, they're a fucking appauling band or group whatever you call them. Just an excuse to milk more money out of stupid idiots who buy there music.

Anyway going back to the review, if I was at that festival I'd probably give much the same review, y'know it seems surprising that so many of you went to this festival and liked it that then none of you wrote a review and sent it in yourselves.

Anonymous (August 27, 2006)

what a fuckin' suck-ass review.

disko (August 27, 2006)

"the music left much to be desired for all except the trendiest of new music fans."

Wilco.. The Flaming Lips.. Sonic Youth.. Ween.. Violent Femmes.. Sleater-Kinney.. Built To Spill.. Reverend Horton Heat.. Cursive..

And that's just the longer-running bands.

This festival had so many good bands, all in one place on one weekend. All you did was write about some of the shittiest ones, and then wrote off the whole thing.

LeightonESmith (August 27, 2006)

That was a vague piece of crap review. Don't bother wasting our time with anymore shitty reviews if you couldn't be bothered going to see the bands. What the hell did you do on Day 1???!

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

Did you actually see Broken Social Scene at Lolla?? Because they are a great band and they played one of the best shows at the festival.

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

"You fucking moron. You missed Broken Social Scene--with all original members and all the female vocalists (Amy, Emily, Feist)!!! You missed what would've been one of the best shows of your life. Idiot."

but broken social scene are terrible

SlowStupidHungry (August 26, 2006)

Gnarls Barkley suck(s). Only thing I agree with in the review.

ILOVESCOTT (August 26, 2006)

hey william, its cool you admit that this review was sub-par. definetly look into sleater-kinney though.

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

I would fucking love to see kanye west or GB.
eli

William_David (August 26, 2006)

*know that much more

William_David (August 26, 2006)

As nivek82 mentioned, Sonic Youth sounded like shit. I only saw the end of their set though, so I didn't feel qualified to make comment upon it.

Just to clear up the last comment as well, I'm sorry you feel that way, but a panel of judges actually felt that I did deserve to go based on the criteria for the contest which I entered, so fuck yourself. As far as being fired, do you have any fucking clue as to how Punknews works? I don't work here, I contribute. I contributed this shitty review because no one else had anything to say about the best. Even if I were staff at Punknews, I still wouldn't be getting paid. If you were there and no that much more, write a fucking review. If your review was better than mine (which I'm sure it would have been), they would have posted it. That's a lesson in how Punknews operates.

Again, this is an awful review, and anyone that has said so is justified. For that I apologize, but if my taste in music doesn't coincide with yours, I can't help that. I feel I did see some of the better bands there, for examples Reverend Horton Heat and Peeping Tom, who were both great. I'm sure I also missed some really cool stuff too, but I can't really correct that at this point and this is the last I'm going to say about this review.

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

whoever wrote this review has no taste in music, and didnt deserve to get to go to lolla for free. i was there, he saw the wosrt bands there. this years fest was the best one yet, and the crowds werent that bad. this guy should be fired. seriously. fuck him.

niveK82 (August 26, 2006)

Uhhh, where was Sonic Youth?

I've seen Sonic Youth before and they were great, I saw them at Lollapalooza and they were awful. they sounded like shit.

William_David (August 26, 2006)

I'm not an emo kid and I don't hate life. I enjoyed some parts of the festival, some of the things you mentioned I saw and was let down by, others, like QOTSA were good. I'm not "anti-" anything, like someone else mentioned either. Usually, anything I write, all the elitist punknews kids are coming out to tell me how much those bands suck (e.g. Flogging Molly, Reel Big Fish). Now that I write that I wasn't interested in a specific festival that much, it's ME that's all of a sudden"anti" and "an emo kid that hates life"?

Ollywood (August 26, 2006)

the reviewer sounds like some poser emo kid who hates life. i dont know how long the sets of each band are but Id pay 30 easily just to see QOTSA, just to see Kinney, just to see Chili Peppers, plus to throw in all the other bands each day. Ryan Adams alright, Built to Spill is really good worth another 20, Id be interested in Patton, and Gnarls Barkley, Horton Heat, Violent Femms, and thats just like a quarter of the big acts. I wasn't at lollapolooza but I know most of the acts i just listed ussually put on amazing shows and I couldn't believe any night would be terrible or not worth the money, from the artist line up this sounded like the fest of the summer and even if most of the bands were a let done im sure it would still be worth the 60 dollar price tag a day. ( disclosure: its 3:30 PAC TiME I just got home from the bars. im drunk and babbling)

Ollywood (August 26, 2006)

the reviewer sounds like some poser emo kid who hates life. i dont know how long the sets of each band are but Id pay 30 easily just to see QOTSA, just to see Kinney, just to see Chili Peppers, plus to throw in all the other bands each day. Ryan Adams alright, Built to Spill is really good worth another 20, Id be interested in Patton, and Gnarls Barkley, Horton Heat, Violent Femms, and thats just like a quarter of the big acts. I wasn't at lollapolooza but I know most of the acts i just listed ussually put on amazing shows and I couldn't believe any night would be terrible or not worth the money, from the artist line up this sounded like the fest of the summer and even if most of the bands were a let done im sure it would still be worth the 60 dollar price tag a day. ( disclosure: its 3:30 PAC TiME I just got home from the bars. im drunk and babbling)

Ollywood (August 26, 2006)

the reviewer sounds like some poser emo kid who hates life. i dont know how long the sets of each band are but Id pay 30 easily just to see QOTSA, just to see Kinney, just to see Chili Peppers, plus to throw in all the other bands each day. Ryan Adams alright, Built to Spill is really good worth another 20, Id be interested in Patton, and Gnarls Barkley, Horton Heat, Violent Femms, and thats just like a quarter of the big acts. I wasn't at lollapolooza but I know most of the acts i just listed ussually put on amazing shows and I couldn't believe any night would be terrible or not worth the money, from the artist line up this sounded like the fest of the summer and even if most of the bands were a let done im sure it would still be worth the 60 dollar price tag a day. ( disclosure: its 3:30 PAC TiME I just got home from the bars. im drunk and babbling)

Ollywood (August 26, 2006)

the reviewer sounds like some poser emo kid who hates life. i dont know how long the sets of each band are but Id pay 30 easily just to see QOTSA, just to see Kinney, just to see Chili Peppers, plus to throw in all the other bands each day. Ryan Adams alright, Built to Spill is really good worth another 20, Id be interested in Patton, and Gnarls Barkley, Horton Heat, Violent Femms, and thats just like a quarter of the big acts. I wasn't at lollapolooza but I know most of the acts i just listed ussually put on amazing shows and I couldn't believe any night would be terrible or not worth the money, from the artist line up this sounded like the fest of the summer and even if most of the bands were a let done im sure it would still be worth the 60 dollar price tag a day. ( disclosure: its 3:30 PAC TiME I just got home from the bars. im drunk and babbling)

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

Uhhh, where was Sonic Youth? Sleater-Kinney's last fucking show? The Hold Steady?

What show did you actually go to, kid, and what the hell are you smoking?

cash_money_hustla (August 26, 2006)

These are some of the funniest comments i have read in a long time.

William_David (August 26, 2006)

Okay, in response to all the negative shit on here, yes this was a very shitty review. It wasn't written in much time and without much effort. In retrospect, I should never have written it, but I saw that no one had posted anything on the event, so I figured I'd throw up my general feelings about it. Of course, once I did that, everyone finally had something to say. Again, the review was shitty. I'll admit that. To the person who said I could do better, he was right and I apologize.

I'm sorry if I "offended" someone with my "terrible taste," but someone had the audacity to tell me to get over myself after a comment like this reviewer "is an asshole, and is offending me with his terrible taste.

I've heard Sleater-Kinney is amazing, but I honestly don't know that much about the band, and I've never gotten into them. That's not to say they aren't good; I just don't know, and I'm not about to fake it to appease the message boards. I'm simply unfamiliar with a band that apparently it's not acceptable to be unfamiliar with.

Kirby, I'm just not into the music of Kanye or Death Cab. Possibly you misread, but I did have a lot of interest in Common and Gnarls Barkley, but I was just a bit let down. When standing back in crowd of thousands they just weren't that exciting to me.

My point at the beginning of this was not that I was going to "get a feel" for the whole festival. I won tickets for a contest I entered, and went to check it out. Most of what was there was not my style of music. I didn't go miserable, but I went to hang out and see what I ran into.

As far as pictures go, I didn't have a photo pass for bands, but just wanted to get some pictures of the grounds. The spit was just something when I was fucking around waiting for the train back. I took them for myself but figured I'd let everyone in on them, sorry you didn't like them.

I guess all I have to say was that no, this wasn't really a good review, but I wasn't trying that hard either. What it came down to was no one else had posted anything, so I thought I'd share something. I'm sorry it did not meet your high standards.

Anonymous (August 26, 2006)

An absolutely terrible review. You are a moron. And shame on punknews.org for posting this crap.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

I did not attend in 96', but didn't Nick Cave play also?

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

That was a shitty ass review. Day 1 let's talk about the art work?? Anyway, Sleater-Kinney played an amazing set. Finished off with Turn It On, what a treat that was.

notfeelingcreative (August 25, 2006)

Best Lollapalooza was 1996. The Ramones, Rancid, Metallica, and Soundgarden.

and Devo

Actually, not necessarily, the slot that devo played was a rotating slot, in florida we got rage against the machine, instead, some people got cheap trick, some got steve earle...

I also don't think that it was the best lolla, sure rancid and the ramones played great sets, however this was "load' era Metallica where they started to go softer and 'down on the upside' era soundgarden, which wasn't bad, but for those of us who had seen soundgarden during the badmotorfinger days, it was just weak!

niveK82 (August 25, 2006)

Best Lollapalooza was 1996. The Ramones, Rancid, Metallica, and Soundgarden.

and Devo

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

Best Lollapalooza was 1996. The Ramones, Rancid, Metallica, and Soundgarden. But it was when The Ramones were in a good place and everyone loved And Out Come the Wolves.

feeeding5000 (August 25, 2006)

Hate to be a dick, but why is this review even on Punknews? Ok... I can see the Sleater-Kinney connection, and the Smoking Popes, but most of the other bands that would even play this kind of festival are not related to punk rock in ANY way. Waste of bandwidth, save it for another site.

joeg (August 25, 2006)

i think there's more photos of loogies on the ground and random dudes playing xbox than bands. you can tell the experience was overwhelming for the guy.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

complete waste of my time, this review that is

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

did anyone look at the pictures? holy christ, i think a blind man could have managed better ones. they are literally the worst concert photos i've ever seen, they easily beat the horribleness of the review

the score is for the laughter i got from looking at the pictures

oneborneveryminute (August 25, 2006)

Wow. Aren't you a music journalist? Shouldn't you be telling us useful information, instead of dull rants about how Lollaplooza was lacking? Seriously, if punknews.org would like to keep up their rep as a decent review site, they should probably send people to shows who will write something worth reading. That was the worst article I've ever read, "so if you’re looking for reviews on Death Cab, Kanye, or Chili Peppers, you won’t find them here". Thanks man, actually isn't that the reason people would read your review in the first place? Get over yourself, you're not saving music by being anti. Grow up, stop writing, join your angry friends in a session of "why we hate the world" and move on with your life. Most of all, next time you write, write with the audience in mind, not yourself.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

Meh, i dont usually insult reviews, but I have to say, this kind of sucked.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

I don't understand this review. It's like this guy didn't even want to go to the show, skipped out on seeing any new bands that he hadn't heard before (which seems like most bands on the billing), than proceeded to give the show a bad review.

Maybe next I can write a review of standing in line at the warped tour. Not the actual show, just standing in line to get in. I'd probably give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

steveman (August 25, 2006)

Day 1 was the slow day? Day 1 was the only day worth that actual price.
I have to say you didn't see a single good band, and the ones that you did see are simply relayed to us with "it was bad" or "it was horrible."

Good job wasting an incredible opportunity to see a ton of great bands.

Archangel (August 25, 2006)

I'm going to join the "What the fuck is the point of this review?" line of people.

kirbypuckett (August 25, 2006)

The Roots are wonderful.

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

why did you even go if you had no interest in any of the bands? you went in miserable and came out miserable. then wrote a miserable review.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

"Review is pretty much pointless"

quoted from william david's shoddy my chemical romance/alkaline trio show review. see a recurring theme here?

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

wow...please don't ever write a review again william! that was the worst review i've ever read. do you even like music? jeez louise that was worthless

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

can someone say retard?

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

If you want a good live hip-hop band, Common is not the way to go (and I like the guy.)

The Roots is where it's at. Nothing compares to The Roots' live shows.

cut_the_mullet (August 25, 2006)

Why even write this review, it sounds like you saw about 6 bands for not even an entire set and you think you really got a feel for the festival, terrible

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

william, you suck donkey dick!

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

aisde from being spot on with the radness of the popes, this review pretty much sucks ballls. Lollapalooza was one of the best weekends i've had in a long time. a killer lineup, good production (as far as staging a massive destination festival). and not staying for deathcab or kanye? shame on you, sir.

OverDefined (August 25, 2006)

Thank god Matisyahu is almost over. "Dude, he's like a Hasidic Jew that dancehall raps and sings!!! It's like totally not a gimmick."

notfeelingcreative (August 25, 2006)

"This is thte best Lollapalooza EVER."

I beg to differ, for me nothing will ever top seeing rage against the machine, tool, fishbone, dinosaur jr., alice in chains and primus in the same day!

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

to miss broken social scene is to be a dick. idiot!

rkl (August 25, 2006)

this is one of the worst reviews ive ever read... the thing thats most upsetting is the expection that ceelo green would sound like mf doom just because theyve had the same production...

if you listent o older outkast albums and hear a lifting male alto/soprano, its generally cee-lo, and his own group, goodie mob, has been pretty successful in their own right.

elliot (August 25, 2006)

i worked security all weekend at this, and i can safely tell you that this review is worthless. he says that friday was a slow day. hmm, let's look at the bands that played on friday:

sleater-kinney
death cab for cutie
my morning jacket
cursive
iron and wine
ryan adams
mates of state

anyone who considers that slow is a fucking idiot. the rest of the fest obviously had some bad parts, but was much better than this reviewer makes it sound.

kirbypuckett (August 25, 2006)

Ugh, and no interest in Gnarls Barkley?!?!!?!

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (August 25, 2006)

Didn't watch Kanye? Chose not to view Death Cab? Had no interest in Common?

Those were the three top reasons I would have went to Lollapalooza!

Sounds like you wasted a pretty penny -- mind funding my plane ticket to Fest V?

- Kirby

recordtheory (August 25, 2006)

Dude it's cool that you missed Sleater-Kinney. I'm sure you flew out to Portland the next weekened to see one of the greatest rock bands of all time's final shows.

sickboi (August 25, 2006)

Why did you even go? Seriously, doesn't sound like you really wanted to. This sounds more like you just kinda walked around for an hour or 2.....on 3 separate days.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

That review was absolutely terrible. Should never have been posted.

...evildeadalive

Cos (August 25, 2006)

You fucking moron. You missed Broken Social Scene--with all original members and all the female vocalists (Amy, Emily, Feist)!!! You missed what would've been one of the best shows of your life. Idiot.

--Cos

joeg (August 25, 2006)

you missed one of sleater kinney's last shows on day 1. and did you write this review in 10 minutes? come on, you can do better than that.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

I am sickened. This is thte best Lollapalooza EVER. What a douchebag reviewer.

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

William_David sucks sooooo hard at reviewing, just thought I would share that with everyone

secret_superstar (August 25, 2006)

ryan adams was amazing on friday of lollapalooza.

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 25, 2006)

haha, you saw this instead of the adolescents/street dogs

Anonymous (August 25, 2006)

The dude who wrote this is an asshole, and is offending me with his terrible taste. What a fucking bummer review.

- thee gibson.

mattp330 (August 25, 2006)

kind of a boring review, i didn't even really learn much about the bands he did see

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 25, 2006)

yeah sleater kinney played. uphree's is better though.

ILOVESCOTT (August 25, 2006)

didnt sleater kinney play?

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 25, 2006)

Umphree's McGee was the best band on this tour.

kingofsuck (August 25, 2006)

I wasn't there, but my friend called me while she was watching the Smoking Popes so I could hear part of their set. Score's for the Popes.

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