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Signing Off From Chicago.....

Wilco"We're so proud of you Chicago," Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy said at end of the band's set. "You guys really know how to go to a festival."

The three-day Lollapalooza in Grant Park, Chicago, is coming to an end. Approximately 60,000 people per day attended the event, according to a fest spokesperson, although Perry Farrell put the number closer to 70,000 when he introduced the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who are in the midst of "Dani California" as we type).

Sunday was by far the slowest of our three days here, but Wilco, the Shins and the Broken Social Scene were all at the top of their game. Hometown rockers Wilco got one of the loudest ovations of the day, with Tweedy confessing that he's still trying to "get the hang of this 'come on, sing along' thing." The band unveiled a handful of new songs. Two of the three left us mightily impressed, including one track with a chorus of "I know you're not listening." The song brought out a stronger soul keyboard in the group, and allowed guitarist Nels Cline to run with a low-key, jazzy solo. 

The Broken Social Scene were also a Sunday highlight, bringing out Feist and members of Stars (more than a dozen people were on stage at some points). The pitch perfect harmonies of "Anthems For A 17 Year-Old Girl" were an especially hypnotic way to start winding down the evening.

The Chili Peppers have about 60 minutes left, so we're signing off for the night and the weekend.

August 6, 2006 in lollapalooza | Permalink


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