If you’ve already read the Day 1 Recap, this is a good place to start. Saturday, August 7, 2010 was day 2 of the Lollapalooza festival here in Chicago and (as was the case on Friday) the weather could not have been better. We didn’t bring the big kiddo along on Saturday but still spent a fair amount of time over at the Kidzapalooza stage, first to catch the 2nd set of the weekend from Tim & The Space Cadets. I then watched some of Mimicking Birds, The Candy Band, and finally met Steve from the blog Baby Stew to go see Rogue Wave. They played a solid set that featured just enough old songs to keep me happy, although I like the new stuff too.
Over at the Kidzapalooza stage we watched the first part of The Verve Pipe’s set before cruising over to watch Against Me! who was so good. Tom Gabel, George Water Music and the rest of ‘em were awesome. I was impressed and even (at one point) got goosebumps watching them. The band even played a ton of older songs, which was really cool for longtime fans. When Against Me! was done playing, I ran over to the Sonny Bloggie stage and watched about half of Dawes’ set. John Strohm (via Twitter) suggested that people check ‘em out, so I did and was not disappointed.
I was expecting to make it back to the Kidzapalooza area just before JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys played (that’s Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders new band) but for whatever reason Dan Zanes with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra hadn’t even started yet. The wife and I just found a nice spot in the grass and watched Dan Zanes and then Chrissie Hynde (who still has quite the voice) before checking out AFI and then getting a few drinks.
We were going to watch Spoon, but opted for Social Distortion instead. Social Distortion was every bit exactly like I thought they would be as Mike Ness and the guys played all their hits. They weren’t terribly exciting but, Social Distortion sure knows how to bring it. We then hung around the main stage (and even saw and briefly talked to Davey from AFI) before Green Day played. We got a decent spot far stage right for Green Day who proceeded to play about 2.5 hours like they were the biggest band in the world. After Green Day we hopped on a golf cart back to the North end of Grant Park so we could catch a train home.
On the train home I met a kid who couldn’t believe that I didn’t like Phoenix and MGMT and who then referred to me as “North Korea.” It was hilarious.