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  • Green Day @ Lollapalooza 2010
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Even if you’re not a fan (I’m not) you gotta give Green Day credit, first for introducing Lookout! to mall-punks back in the day, later for showcasing political awareness on an MTV-sized scale. Now middle-aged dads, with armfuls of Grammys and a Broadway pedigree, they commanded the biggest crowd at Lolla so far this weekend. Some young fans were even plucked by Billie Joe to join them onstage (the trio’s Stones/Beatles medley was presumably a gift to their parents). Of course, much more happened Saturday (I’d implore you to follow us on Twitter, but (SURPRISE) AT&T is not cooperating), so Amrit and I will wrap a deeper Saturday and Sunday recap into a single post tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of Phoenix, The XX, Spoon, Metric, and more…

Comments (4)
  1. I never really understood bashing of later-era Green Day. I mean, I like a lot of the early songs, but American Idiot came together *very* well as a whole.
    Okay, okay, if you like just punk, or their early material in particular, I can understand if you’re disappointed. They did stay away from that except for a few of the biggest early hits. (Conversely, they didn’t flog 21st Century Breakdown tracks too hard; I had feared disliking the setlist in either such regard, but that proved to not be the case.)

    Some of the audience-participation requests seemed a bit forced; that persisted a bit throughout the evening. However, the capstone of that, the audience guest vocal for “Longview”, actually sounded pretty darn good. [Speaking of their early hits...]

    Plenty of younger people dig classic rock too (such as this 20-year-old), so I was glad to hear a bit of that stuff. And in general, a handful of judicious cover selections can spice up a setlist of originals.

    I admit it did take Green Day a little while to get up to full speed (early inter-song chatter, etc.)

  2. Anyone go to that crazy-fun Cut Copy set? Wow…it was out of control! Grizzly Bear and The xx both played great sets Saturday afternoon. Surprise show of the weekend for me though was Wild Beasts. I loved their set. They sounded beautiful live and had a great energy on stage.

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