After we settled on the meat-in-dough item called a “bao” we headed over to see Two Door Cinema Club.
At this time of the day, the physical toll caused by the heat had affected everyone but we continued to trek through and make our way over to the Sony stage to enjoy Two Door Cinema Club.
Or so I thought I’d enjoy it.
Maybe it was my position in relation to the stage and speakers, but I was very disappointed with their performance.
I enjoyed their first record, and it was repeat for some time but the live performance didn’t stack up.
The sound seemed empty and the depth of that album had been non-existent on stage.
With temperature and hippie numbers still rising, we cut across the field to the Music Unlimited stage to check out A Perfect Circle.
I’m a casual fan of the band, and I’ve never had the chance to see either A Perfect Circle or Tool, so I was pretty excited.
Just as we got to area as band was beginning their set with cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and if you haven’t heard it before, imagine if John Lennon had dabbled in metal and hard rock when he quit the Beatles.
We found a spot where we could lay on the grass and still see both the stage and the screen to the left of the stage.
Maynard Keenan, lead vocalist for both A Perfect Circle and Tool, is talented but creepy in his stage demeanor, but it’s all good.
Unfortunately because of the physical exhaustion, I had fallen asleep towards the end of the set for about two minutes but abruptly woke up to them beginning to play a favorite of mine, “The Outsider.”
Although A Perfect Circle isn’t the first band that I’d think that would play at this year’s festival, especially because dance-oriented bands dominate it, that’s the beauty of Lollapalooza. Collective differences in style and music that just seem to fit and make sense.
We left during their last song to trek to the main stage all the way on the opposite side of the festival grounds for Coldplay.
It takes some real endurance to be able to walk from one main stage to the other because it seems like miles separate them, and at this point in the day, we could see the finish line.
I saw Coldplay at DTE Energy Theatre a few years back and was blown away, even though I went into this festival wanting to see new bands, I couldn’t miss it
As to be expected, the crowd grew larger and larger and went as far back as the entrance to the main field and we were somewhere in the middle.
People started to grow anxious and were fighting to get as close as possible, and I kept thinking a specific thought, people are starting to get threatening for the most non-threatening band at this festival.
Finally the clock hit 8:30, and the band from overseas hit the stage and opening with 2 new tracks from their upcoming record, “MX (intro)” and “Hurts Like Heaven”
Coldplay’s striking visuals and fireworks really picked the crowd up and put them in a positive place after a hot day.
The band tore through their hour and half set, playing a great mix of new songs and old.
Coldplay’s positive energy throughout the show, especially with the last two songs, “Fix You” and “Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall,” was a really was fantastic way to end the first day of the festival.
The video of their entire performance can been seen here. Coldplay starts at the 11 minute mark.
Check out part one of this blog here.