August 9th, 2009
03:37 PM ET

Lollapalooza 2009 – Day Two: The sun comes out

The sun made its first appearance Saturday and dried the muddy grounds after the monsoon on Friday. It was hot and humid, but I prefer that to being wet and cold any day. I didn't think the crowds could get much bigger than Friday's turnout, but I was wrong. Some people caught a break from the intense heat by taking advantage of hammocks in the shade and a wind machine that blows water.

Friday and Sunday are the two big lineup days for me this weekend, so I skipped some of the early band performances Saturday to do a little work. I chatted with some music fans and Lolla founder Perry Farrell.

The Jane's Addiction frontman was charming, a bit quirky, but you can tell he is a savvy businessman with a huge love of music. Farrell told us to expect a spectacle when he and his Jane's Addiction bandmates take to the stage Sunday night and mentioned special guests and helicopters. Drummer Stephen Perkins has been sidelined with an elbow injury, but Farrell says he would be surprised if Perkins didn't play Sunday. Just in case, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlain will be waiting in the wings to jump in if needed.

We later caught Farrell entertaining an enormous crowd at the “Perry's” dance stage. There were so many people watching the show, we had to leave the Lolla grounds and circle around to another entrance to make our way close to the stage. Perry and wife Etty bounced around, igniting the crowd, massive machines blowing smoke across the stage. The lack of space didn't stop the crowd from jumping up and down and swaying to the music.

The big headliners Saturday: Tool vs. Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. I hear the Karen O and the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs put on a great show, but my friends opted for Tool. I have to confess I am not real familiar with Tool. I was curious, though, because so many concertgoers were pumped for their performance. They opened with an ominous song, but I could not tell you the title. It was a crowd pleaser and lead singer Maynard James Keenan shouted after, "Let the Games Begin." The big monitors displayed graphic images instead of the band and for much of the performance Keenan could only be seen in silhouette because of the lighting. It didn't take long for Tool to win me over. My friend Neal, a fan of Tool, says they sounded a little rusty at first, like they haven't played together recently, but as the set went on they found their groove and settled into crowd favorites like "Sober" "Stinkfist" and "Schism."

Sunday has a fantastic lineup: Jane's Addiction, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg and Lou Reed just to name a few of the many bands performing on the final day. Can't wait!

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  1. Beth

    Thanks for the setlist, Bo.

    I don't know how you don't know which song 'Sober" is. Even if you are not familiar with Tool, "Sober" is one of the most easily recognizable. The name of the title is repeated over and over throughout the song. And besides, it just fing rules... so you should know it.

    I also just found this page through a Yahoo search... a waste except for your post, Bo.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bo


    1. Jambi
    2. Stinkfist
    3. 46&2
    4. Schism
    5. Rosetta Stoned
    6. Flood
    7. Aenema
    8. Lateralus
    9. Vicarious

    No Sober...which is too bad.

    August 11, 2009 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    TOOL is epic and there music and artwork are genre breaking and intense. The band's music has personally helped me through some very tough spots in my life. Thanks to Maynard, Justin, Adam and Danny for the music theyve created.

    Paul D Amour too. We can't forget Undertow and Opiate.

    August 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    I was about to get They havent played "sober" live in along time.

    August 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Did you actually attend the show? Tool didn't play Sober. After 12 hours of shows all day long you only manage a couple measly paragraphs, most of which are about the shows the following day. What kind of "expert" doesn't know much about a band as big as Tool? You don't even mention other outstanding acts of the day like Atmosphere, Ben Harper, Santigold, Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against or the Arctic Monkeys. Plus some awesome shows by lesser known bands such as Band of Skulls and Care Bears on Fire.

    I found this post through a simple Google search. Do you realize this subpar post absolutely convinces me to not subscribe? How many thousands of others will do the same? I'm off to read why the mainstream media and newspapers are losing readers to "amateurs".

    August 9, 2009 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |

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