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Successful Crash #35: Patience at Lollapalooza

Posted by teibs On August - 8 - 2010

crashfail 300x188 Successful Crash #35: Patience at Lollapalooza @ZackTeibloom If at the exact moment Blues Traveler is playing “Run Around” and a lane opens up that would just be a 40 yard dash running around the check in and you still can’t crash, it’s a sign you’re in for a long day of crashing. We tried every entrance before our opportunity finally presented itself Saturday. On Friday I had @snoogans913 crashing with me. Saturday I brought Smoosh along as well. A menage a crash. Not the most ideal situation. Especially on a day where the crowd didn’t seem to come in packs.

Brett got their early and told us to meet him at the side entrance. Not a good call. Five blocks out of the way and far too much security. Could we just walk in the entrance despite their being more security than people? Not so much. It felt like we each had our own security guard watching us. Did it stop me from trying three times? Of course not. I got escorted away mumbling about media check in. Having verified that entrance as a bust, we walked three blocks in the wrong direction as Snoogans and smoosh talked about jumping a fence on Lakeshore Drive.

“I don’t do crazy tactics. You don’t jump fences!” Read the rest of this entry »

Green Day pulls out all the stops at Lollapalooza ’10

Posted by teibs On August - 8 - 2010

greendaylolla 300x183 Green Day pulls out all the stops at Lollapalooza 10@ZackTeibloom Green Day is the kind of show that skews the grading system. They did it all. I mean everything. The amount of artists who have that many moves in their pure entertainment repertoire is limited to The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. That’s about it.

I’m choosing these words carefully on this next sentence, because this thought wouldn’t escape me throughout their two and a half hour set: Green Day is the most effective band at consistently pleasing a crowd I have ever seen. Were they the best musical act I’ve ever seen? Probably not in the top 25. They have a deep song catalog, and they know what they’re doing with it, but it was all in the performance. Read the rest of this entry »

The special crowd moments at Green Day 2010

Posted by teibs On August - 8 - 2010

stagedivegreen 300x154 The special crowd moments at Green Day 2010Green Day did such a spectacular job of getting the crowd involved that this section needed its own post. I captured three of my favorite moments, but there were 5 crowd participation moments that you couldn’t help but love.

5. The Cute little girl in pigtails Read the rest of this entry »

That guy at Lollapalooza 2010

Posted by teibs On August - 8 - 2010

drunkguy 300x158 That guy at Lollapalooza 2010@ZackTeibloom Guys like this are the reason YouTube was invented, why America’s Funniest Video and Tosh.O get ratings and why I’m happy I own a mini video camera. Is there a record for longest fall by someone not on heroin? Are we sure he’s not on heroin? What is he on? Did he ever get up? So many questions. I’m just glad we’re here.

Also, I recommend watching until at least 1:52 for the water spill and Jess’ hilarious face.

Lollapalooza 2010 Day 1 mini reviews

Posted by teibs On August - 7 - 2010

deve 300x185 Lollapalooza 2010 Day 1 mini reviewsFantastic first day at Lolla. I crashed just as the gates opened, the weather was ideal, there were too many good bands to see and I didn’t end up regretting any of the conflict choices. It’s rare to get all of those things. Lady Gaga was a massive disappointment, but that was the big wildcard. Here’s a quick rundown of the best, worst, most fun and surprising of day one of Lollapalooza 2010:

Best Show: The Strokes- Now I know why they’re called the Strokes. Julian Casablancas is a strong front man, but the way these boys stroke those axes is truly something special. They’re a top flight rock band. It’s time they start touring and releasing albums that remind us of this. They brought it from the opening note of “New York City Cops” and reminded us why we made such a big fuss about them when they were still producing. 9.3/10

Biggest Surprise: DEVO- They are not human. They are Devo! I always found “Whip it!” annoying when I was younger and it was all I knew by them. I’ve come to learn what a genius Mark Mothersbaugh is and what exciting performers they still are. Their costumes seemed purposeful and there was a concept that all made sense. Unlike a certain Lady. ”Whip it” wasn’t even the highlight. “Girl U Want” was a dance explosion and made for the most fun set of the afternoon. By a lot. 9/10 Read the rest of this entry »

Successful Crash #34: Lollapalooza

Posted by teibs On August - 7 - 2010

lollagate 300x224 Successful Crash #34: Lollapalooza @ZackTeibloom I filmed this crash and brought an accomplice. A lot to bring to the table for a fest I’ve never crashed before. The only good news is that day passes don’t get wrist bands, so if @snoogans913 and I could make it past two rounds of security, we were in. I’d like to say we had a better plan.

I got to the gates around 10:30 a.m., half hour before they opened, and made the rounds. I saw potential for my old tricks. The garbage men looked like they could be bought off, but it was too early in the day, and the head of security was telling them to stand guard as a third line of defense to fend off potential crashers. As if the first two lines weren’t enough. Sometimes it’s just easier to walk right in the front door. Read the rest of this entry »

 

gaga3 Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza 2010: Some of what I hoped and everything I fearedLady Gaga was some of what I hoped she’d be and everything I feared she’d be. I was ready for a big spectacle full of bizarre costume changes, massive sets, gaudy production and irresistible pop. I was ready to get caught up in it all. I wanted to. I didn’t. At all. It was shock for the sake of shock and it all came together to form a vapid performance. It was a self-indulgent Kanye-glow-in-the-dark-tour-esque production, full of eye-rolling cheesy one-liners, unimpressive dancing, an embarassing plot and a lot of fluff. Oddly sexual, confusing, uninspiring pop. It all lead to a constant feeling of waiting for a moment to take my breath away that never came and then feeling an immediate urge to leave.

Gaga’s silhouette posed behind the shadows of her massive curtain for opening song “Dance in the Dark” for what seemed like an eternity before emerging. Once she was out there, it was a lot of style and not much substance. I connected with nothing. You put all the elements together and it sounds like a real show stoper. Fireworks shooting out of her breasts and fire shooting from her crotch. A car that turns into a piano that she plays with her stilleto. A monster that may or may not rape you. Topless dancing men and women in fancy bra’s. I could see that being enjoyable if the package felt genuine or if the songs were enhanced by any of this or if Gaga was a particularly good dancer or if it all added up to something bigger. It didn’t. The neon signs reading “drugs” “good food” “death” and “what the fuck have you done” didn’t resonate with me at all. Nothing did. Read the rest of this entry »

The Podcrash – Lollapalooza 2010 Preview

Posted by shore On August - 6 - 2010

sleepyhead The Podcrash   Lollapalooza 2010 Preview@AndyShore We started this before 5am my time. Zack woke up in the city, hopped on the train and made it back to the Chicago suburbs in time to record this episode of The Podcrash for you. Don’t say we never did anything for ya. I start pretty groggy, as Zack predicted, but I woke up by the end…mostly. Zack may have been more tired than he admitted. He misspoke and said “the Dirty Projectors never fail to disappoint.” We may be more entertaining when we’re not on our A game. Laugh along with us, won’t you? Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza 2010 Preview

Posted by shore On August - 6 - 2010

lollatwentyten1 Lollapalooza 2010 Preview@AndyShore It is very depressing to have to write a Lollapalooza 2010 preview, knowing I won’t be enjoying the bands I am talking about. Plus all of my best friends and favorite festival goers will be there. I’m there in spirit guys. Have enough fun for me too. I know you will. Lollapalooza is one of my favorite festivals, set in the greatest city in the world. Going over and over this schedule is like salt in my wounds. It is so good. A top 10 doesn’t even do it justice, but it’s a start. Here is who I would be seeing, if I was watching shows with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, sitting in the grass and eating sandwiches. Gahhhhh…I want to be there so bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza 2010 Line-up Revealed Wheel of Fortune style

Posted by teibs On March - 31 - 2010

@ZackTeibloom Monday Update:

Soundgarden – Green Day – Lady Gaga – Arcade Fire – The Strokes- Phoenix

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