Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza--the Jane's Addiction leader's alt-rock allstar tour of the 1990s, now resurrected as a one-off, three-day festival in Chicago for the 2000s--kicked off Friday, August 5 in the Chi's Grant Park. And as far as festival battles go, day one of Lolla's 20th-anniversary weekend featured a major headliner showdown between two indie Brit greats: Coldplay vs. Muse, who were playing on opposite ends of the park at the exact same time. And even though actress-turned-singer Gwyneth Paltrow didn't show up onstage to duet with her husband Chris Martin, Coldplay were, unsurprisingly, the more popular choice with the Lolla crowd.
Coldplay were, more surprisingly, Lollapalooza virgins. "We've always wanted to play Lollapalooza," announced the enigmatic Martin. "It's like a dream come true! This is our first proper show back in the States, so we're gonna give you everything we have." And that they did. Before they even hit the stage, hundreds of fans started to hum theRead More »from Lollapalooza 2011 Friday: Coldplay’s Big Debut, Reptar’s Big Buzz, Bloody Beetroots’ Big Beats & More