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Virgin Mobile Festival High’s and Low’s

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Posted by admin On August - 13 - 2008

The Festival Crashers were made aware of our pass to Virgin Mobile too late, so we sent Ira- a playwright/hilarious guy in my office.

Here’s the highs and the lows:

~I.G.~ Baltimore, MD.

High Point: Wilco Jamming out- Wilco are some of the finest instrumentalists of our generation. I’m reminded of that every time I see them live. They put on easily the most accomplished set of the festival. Watching Nels Cline rock out extended guitar solo after extended guitar solo was entirely worth the price of admission.

Low point: The overabundance of middle-school aged kids moshing and crowd-surfing like morons during Bloc Party- I know that “Like Eating Glass” gets you amped, but, seriously, where are the parents?

High Point: Swell Season with no microphone- After an impassioned set of tunes from the Academy Award-winning Once Soundtrack, Glen Hansard promptly jumped into the crowd, guitar in hand, and lead the audience in an impromptu sing-along of “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Bob Dylan with no microphone!

Low Point: The discovery that The Silver Beats weren’t Chuck Berry’s backing band Note to Virgin Festival: If you’re going to have a Japanese Beatles Cover Band take up the first half hour of a beloved artist’s hour-long set, list it that way in the program so that your audience can make a more informed decision before choosing to sacrifice a good spot for Wilco. Cool?

High point: Iggy & The Stooges going IN-SANE- Iggy Pop is the greatest front-man in the history of rock music. Period! During a blistering set of Proto-Punk classics that included “1969,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “No Fun,” and “Search & Destroy;” Iggy managed to throw a mic-stand over his guitarist’s head mid-song, climb to the top of a tower of amplifiers, and spend more time in the audience than he did on-stage. If I’m half as agile and energetic by the time I’m Iggy’s age, it will be a miracle. Best show of the festival.

Low Point: Misspelling Kanye’s name in the festival program Maybe he was a half hour late for his headlining set because he was busy pimp-slapping the festival copy-editor? “Kayne”? Come on!

High Point: Bob Dylan opening his set with “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”
(AKA: The “everybody must get stoned” song). Clearly, Dylan knows his audience.

Low Point: Lil Wayne being 40 minutes late for his setCome on, Weezy! They spelled your name right!

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