For those who wondered if Day Two could top our unbelievably out-of-control Day One, Saturday didn’t disappoint. Far from it. If you haven’t heard by now: Green Day destroyed, playing one of the most exhilarating and ambitious shows of their entire career. We laughed when lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong cracked his trademark bratty jokes, we cried when he gave a super fan his guitar at the end of Longview, and we rocked, did we rock‚ for the entire two-and-a-half hours that the band played. Not only that, but The Best Dancer In The World returned! Across the park, Phoenix kept things hip – playing a solid set of their own for the gathered crowds. The day featured some of the most anticipated sets of the fest, including a jam-packed showcase from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros that has got tongues wagging all across and an ecstatically eccentric production from Gogol Bordello, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their manic music. Other stand-outs included Grizzly Bear, whose gorgeous four-part harmonies translated quite well to the outdoors; Chrisse Hynde‘s special appearance at the Kidzapalooza stage, and Austin rockers Spoon, who played it cool as the sun set. It was everything a fan could have hoped for and more. But you don’t have to take our word on it. Here’s a bit more of the buzz from Saturday:
- Billboard has another ten things they overheard and saw at Lolla up. Some interesting tidbits in there. You can find their thrilling Saturday look-back here.
- This breathless recounting of the Phoenix/Green Day closing sets by Rolling Stone will let you relive a little of Saturday evening’s magic.
- Spin magazine’s headliner write-up: all Green Day, all the time.
- Spoon fans can hear about the set over at USA Today, right below the Green Day shout-out. Natch.
- Ever wonder how Phoenix prepares for a show? MTV got a chance to ask the Francophiles, and you might be surprised at the answer.
- Even without a bug budget spectacle, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes made for one of the most incredible shows we’ve ever seen, period. Check out this great breakdown of their set over at Spinner.
- Chrisse Hynde, one of the most beloved women in Rock, graced Kidzapalooza with her trademark, beautiful vocals.