Chicago day 4 – Lollapalooza day 3

Where the first day of Lollapalooza was all about diversity in music and taking in all the sites Lolla had to offer, day 3 was about rock and staying at one stage to see a great band – Soundgarden. Sunday morning started off raining and windy. Chicago is the windy city afterall, even in August apparently. So around 1pm I put on my raincoat and baseball hat and headed over to Grant Park. I stopped to get a sweet tea, so I could face the disgusting mud that I knew awaited me at the stages. I headed toward the stage where Soundgarden was going to play at 8pm, but I stopped at the stage across the way and met Tasha and Rosann for Switchfoot. They were good, but I had seen them before when they played with Relient k back in Baltimore. The lead singer for Switchfoot is very Bono-esque with his climbing around the stage, jumping into the crowd, etc.

Switchfoot

Switchfoot’s set ended at 2, so I went across the field to the stage where Soundgarden would play in 6 hours. Luckily the rain had stopped. I saw that I could be front row on the rail, but far left. I bought 2 waters and had crackers and a protein bar with me, so I decided to camp out there for the day and watch whatever bands were scheduled at that stage. The first band to come on was The Cribs from England, and I really liked them.

my spot

The Cribs

Next up was XJapan, who I learned was Japan’s answer to Metallica. They have been around since the 1980s, but this was their first show in the United States. They were a glam rock band with crazy, devoted fans. It was quite entertaining.

XJapan

XJapan fans

Just as I regained a bit of my hearing, Wolfmother took the stage. They are a 70s like rock band from Australia. The lead singer’s voice reminded me of Robert Plant, and he had great sideburns!

Wolfmother

love those sideburns!

Finally 6 hours later, the moment I had been waiting for, the main reason I came to Lollapalooza – SOUNDGARDEN!!! They were great. I saw Soundgarden back in the early 90s when Superunknown was popular, and I saw Chris Cornell solo a few years ago. But Soundgarden haven’t played together in over a decade. They played all their hits including my favorites ‘Fell On Black Days,’ ‘Black Hole Sun,’ and ‘Spoon Man.’  Chris Cornell was beautiful as ever. He walked through the crowd pleasing many fans!

Soundgarden

Chris Cornell

Kim and Chris

Chris Cornell

Chris on stage and on screen

Please watch the following videos from day 3 of Lollapalooza:

   Switchfoot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1NIEDFLpOg 

   The Cribs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EESc7yhTe7w 

   X Japan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iR6E90kAMI

   Wolfmother http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nPt2GhyF9Y 

   Soundgarden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaF1KaQBxzQ

Lollapalooza was great. I think I’ll make it an annual event. My long weekend in Chicago was fantastic – Million Dollar Quartet, Lollapalooza and Wrigley Field. Chicago is a great city. But now I’m back in Memphis and ready to start Elvis Week tomorrow.

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (542 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

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