Thoughts on Lollapalooza 2009 and Them Crooked Vultures

So we are a few days post Lollapalooza 2009 now. Unfortunately financial difficulties (a fancy way of saying "lack of money") prevented me from going this year. I scrimped and saved, but unforeseen headaches arose and things fell through... a shame too because it sounds like it was a pretty sweet three days.

I was looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of bands this year: The Silversun Pickups, Depeche Mode, Tool, Jane's Addiction, Lou Reed, etc etc and apparently a few of those bands rocked pretty hard. The Jane's Addiction set even included a guest spot from Joe Perry and, along with Tool and a few others, seemed to be one of the highlights for many people.

Anyways, if you're like me and were unfortunately unable to attend Lollapalooza 2009, I have a couple of videos that might be interesting.

This first one is actually a video player that comes to us courtesy of The Confluence Group and features a number of featurettes, interviews and dailies from the event itself. Just click "menu" and then "playlist" within the player to see the complete list.

I was hoping to include a video or two of the actual performances, but the bootlegs uploaded to YouTube seemed a little lacking in sound quality... not completely unexpected, but disappointing still. If you're interested though, do a search over at YouTube for Lollapalooza and you'll find a bunch of clips that should at least give you a taste of what the event was like this year.

Although I wasn't able to go to the show, I did actually get invited to one of the after parties (a flattering but pretty hilarious offer really, I guess they thought I was like a "real journalist" or something). I passed on that too though... financial difficulties again. It wasn't the after party I wanted to be at anyways... the one that started at Midnight, at the Metro (a great local venue here in Chicago known for being the starting point for a few famous bands) with Them Crooked Vultures.

Who are Them Crooked Vultures you ask? I'll give you three names...

Josh Homme - Queens of the Stone Age
Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age
John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin!

Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds like a super group I can get behind without question.

I don't know exactly when this collaboration came together, but it's been circling around the rumor mill for a while. Outside of the cool name, not too much has surfaced about the band so far... although viral videos seemed to indicate that an album might be due out sometime around October. The band does have a webpage and a myspace, but both are pretty desolate at the moment. Early commentary I've seen about the show at the Metro though is that is was awesome, high on musicianship and that this band has some serious promise.

I did find a short video from that show with decent quality... although it's only a short clip, but still... sounds pretty sweet:

And then there's this little clip that cannot be embedded... quite a fun little tease though:

As cool as Lollapalooza sounded, I think I would have traded tickets for that to see Them Crooked Vultures debut...just seems like this collaboration can only produce good stuff. Again financial difficulties prevented me from even attempting to go to this show but, I'll definitely be keeping an on out for them in the future. If this collaboration intrigues you as well, I suggest you do the same.

Watch the bands webpage for future information here:

And their myspace here:

As for Lollapalooza, glad it looks like it was a good time for all who went. Here's hoping the lineup for next year is equally impressive and certain financial difficulties don't crop again for certain music lovers/bloggers.


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