RECAP: Lollapalooza 2021, Day Four
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Sunday at Lollapalooza always feels like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae, no pun intended. The final day of the festival is somewhat of a celebration to culminate four major days of music, capped off by the biggest names in touring. For Lollapalooza 2021, Sunday was extra special, given the state of the world in the last year and a half. This weekend has been the return of major festivals, and Chicago has been ready to blow the roof off of the party at every available opportunity.
The day started with a budding star, as R&B singer Chiild had the chance to wake up the Lake Shore stage. A soothing sound on a Sunday morning was the right call, as fans began to ease their way over to the stage for his performance. By the end of the set, his crowd grew exponentially, as did the energy on finale “Sleepwalking”.
The energy at the Lake Shore stage picked up with it’s next performance, however, as Brooklyn rapper Flipp Dinero had a large crowd bounced along with every track. Jumping into the crowd multiple times, opening up a mosh pit, and being assisted by a DJ standing on his own table all helped matters, as it’s clear he has lots of main stage potential.
Over on the Tito’s Vodka stage, RMR expanded far beyond his viral hit, “Rascal”. In what was admittedly his first performance, the singer brought out tracks from his “Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art” project, as well as a few covers to showcase his range, including a Goo Goo Dolls interpolation that could be a preview of things to come.
The night gave way to a trio of modern rock superstars, each with a different energy on the combination of the T-Mobile and Lake Shore stage. First up on the T-Mobile stage were Modest Mouse, who have a sound that is tailor made for a giant festival as the sun is setting. With a smattering of hits throughout their extensive discography
The night gave way to a trio of modern rock superstars, each with a different energy on the combination of the T-Mobile and Lake Shore stage. First up on the T-Mobile stage were Modest Mouse, who have a sound that is tailor made for a giant festival as the sun is setting. With a smattering of hits throughout their extensive discography, the band had plenty of material to pull from, and Chicago was treated to their biggest tracks with an ever-constant bounce in the set. The band was tasked with setting the stage for Band of Horses, who also do a far more than adequate job of giving the festival atmosphere as it drew to a close. Both bands have big sounds, and both won the Chicago crowd over heading into the night’s headliner.
When Foo Fighters frontman and rock living legend Dave Grohl hit the T-Mobile stage on Sunday night, there was an all-knowing grin on his face as he prepared to sing his first note. The band were about to do something special, and that was evidenced as he emphatically sang a poignant version of “Times Like These”, with lyrics that hit just a little different in the wake of the last year and a half. For the next two hours, the band delivered what can only be described as the most complete rock show possible. Grohl pointed out that the band has over 200 songs, but everything on the set list was a hit at one moment or another in their 26-year existence. Grohl noted to the crowd that if it was your first time seeing the Foo Fighters, you had picked the right night, and that was an understatement at best.
A number of special moments separated the festival-closing set from your average show from a band with a laundry list of hit songs. A quick nod was made to the band’s Bee Gees cover album released for Record Store Day, as they diverted for a version of “You Should Be Dancing” complete with a disco ball and extra funk from the band’s rhythm section. Drummer Taylor Hawkins made a switch with Grohl for a cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” that felt akin to his work with glam cover band Chevy Metal, and also gave fans a chance to see Grohl play drums, even if just for a moment. Grohl’s daughter Violet made a special appearance, looking like a natural as she sang a cover of X’s “Nausea” alongside her father as well. No matter how you look at it, the band went above and beyond, and gave you just about everything you could ask for and then some.
Lollapalooza 2021 is at a close, and it felt like a triumphant moment for everyone involved in live music as a whole. Of course, there were concerns about safety, as will be the case for likely years to come, but the mere fact that the festival happened to its full magnitude after seeing so much time where nothing was its true self is a win. While also a great festival, Lollapalooza was a sign of hope in a time that will truly feel unforgettable.