Bri Blahg… Lollapalooza Friday Evening… D. Mode vs Kings Of Leon

7 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill, Lollapalooza 2009

The rain finally let up early this evening, but we managed to amass some Bonnaroo style mud in places. Hunkered down in the press area we managed to knock out interviews with Perry Farrell (who says Janes Addiction will continue as a band that plays parties and weddings. I think he was pulling my leg.) Perry says the band is getting along famously… which has never happened. He thanked their wives for that. I thought Dave Navvaro was married to several strippers. I guess they all desired peace in the Janes’ camp. We also chatted about Farrell singing a Stevie Nicks song with LeAnn Rimes on the Kidzapolooza stage. Favorite part? Perry telling the teen and pre teen School Of Rock band “not to fuck up.” He was just joshing, although I’m sure Navarro has heard the same thing a time or two. Video up as quickly as we can.

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Perry Farrell and LeAnn Rimes, Lollapalooza 2009

The Knux hung out with us for a spell too. They grew up together as brothers and have managed to build a musical partnership with few peers in the self devouring world of modern hip hop. Fun interview. We’ll have that up for you soon too.

After the day of interviews were done we got to see some actual live music. I haven’t seen Depeche Mode in 15 years and I have to say they were much better tonight. The visuals were stunning too. We took some Flip video. I’m hoping it turned out halfway decent. D. Mode were energized and up to the task mixing in material from their latest with nuggets like “Walking In My Shoes.”

We pulled ourselves away though to cross the park to see Kings Of Leon. I was wondering once upon a time if they’d ever reach the rock star status they had long ago attained in the UK. The answer is yes. The highlight had to be their career making single “Sex On Fire.” That one is like a summit meeting between 80’s U2 and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Our Flip video stinks though I’m afraid. There were so many people we just couldn’t get close.

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