Friday we got there for Chin Up Chin Up, with good friend of the Booze Cab Greg Sharp on keys, and that was cool to see. It was my first time seeing them, and as Greg said later when I saw him, I’m “not a very good friend.” Ah well, good to get that out of the way. They haven’t been hurting for fans anyway. Next was Ted Leo, and this was also my first time for him. Good show, I was hearing some Joe Jackson there, and that’s a good thing.
The sun was pounding on Friday and it was all water still for me as we watched The Polyphonic Spree, where I had my first great moment hearing them cover Nirvana’s “Lithium.” And yeah, I was a little pissed because I never saw Nirvana, and hearing a song like that in this setting was just about perfect. They should have been here, some time, some year, doing this, that’s all.
I had time to kill before Blonde Redhead, so I hit the bar, and thankfully it wasn’t that damn 312 Goose Island all weekend. Nope, it was good old shitty Budweiser, and no complaints here, not a one. The heat was coming down just a touch, and it was safe to drink, or at least that’s what the devil told me, so we camped out in front of the stage for what would be my Friday highlight. Not much I can say about Blonde Redhead that I haven’t already, and I’m biased as hell, so you know how this one went. Awesome (see picture below).
We sat around in the big field where Perry Ferrell’s Satellite Party was starting up, and we were just hanging out drinking, not really paying attention, when the Jane’s hit us. Perry had the band do “Stop,” then “Mountain Song,” and “Been Caught Stealing,” then some “Pets” and finally “Jane Says.” It was totally unexpected and pretty great to hear. I saw Jane’s Addiction in Arizona waaay back in the early 90’s, and I don’t remember much, except that I was far away, up high, and alone. So this was nice.
LCD Soundsystem came on next and may have been the second best show of the day. I can’t really explain it much more than that, it was just everything to me that the next band, Daft Punk, was not. The whole world loved DP, I know, but I didn’t get it so much, it just was lacking for me. Can’t explain, it just was.