By Scott Lapatine & Amrit Singh
Saturday was mostly just your standard, hot, sold out, music-filled day at Lolla. Until Rage. Wilco were great and photogenic Coachella last year, it was a massive sea of bodies, flaring fists, thousands chanting, inciting, fucking you for telling them what to do. Unlike Coachella, there were no calls for Bush to be tried as a war criminal. There was, however, Zack’s repeated set interruptions and calls to “please take a step back” due to oppressive crowd pushing (the first and only time Rage and the Dead will ever share a vibe — or verbiage). It actually was a very nasty scene, a result of anywhere from hundreds to thousands gaining free admission to the already capacity crowd by jumping fences and forming wedges to bumrush the gates, and years deprived of, or consumed with, Rage. The DeRogatis blog goes in depth with photos and reportage.
We weren’t in the photo pit for that set, which we’re told is a good thing (anyone up front walked out bruised, missing belongings, and for many, even worse), but we did otherwise manage a full day of music and photos, including Will Sheff dressed in his Saturday best and full head of hair (a fan: “It looks like he’s wearing a helmet!”), Lupe Fiasco’s lyrical and physical dexterity (us: “I’m winded just watching him”), afterpartying with Spank Rock (yes Lindsay Lohan was there, yes he and Amanda Blank dedicated “Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge” to “you know who you are”).
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
SPANK ROCK @ HARD ROCK
SPANK ROCK @ LOLLA
THE COOL KIDS
[Okkervil, Lupe, Explosions In The Sky & Spank Rock @ Hard Rock photos by Amrit, all others by Abbey Braden]