While they weren’t considered headliners, New York’s Vampire Weekend certainly drew as big a crowd as any of the bigger names on the Lollapalooza ticket. The band didn’t disappoint. Dedicating a song to the late John Hughes, the director whose films were such an important part of ’80s pop culture, the group kept things poppy and peppy with tunes like “I Stand Corrected” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.”
Vampire Weekend fared better than bigger names like Lou Reed, who started his set 15 minutes late and appeared to read from a teleprompter the entire time, even though songs like “Sweet Jane” and “Waiting for the Man” aren’t exactly difficult ones to remember. His seven-piece band was solid, but Reed appeared disinterested and distracted.
The same couldn’t be said for Jane’s Addiction who closed out the three-day fest with a 90-minute set. The band came out with a fury, hammering out “Mountain Song” and “Been Caught Stealing” early in the set before frontman Perry Farrell started pontificating about all the “short shorts” he saw during the day.
Other Day Three highlights included the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach — who showcased material from his solo album Keep It Hid with some help from a terrific five-piece backing band — and Dan Deacon, who kept things lively with an interactive electronic set that was way more fun than the show Animal Collective delivered on the same stage Saturday. —Jeff Niesel