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July 25, 2005

Chicagopalooza reviews

* Lollapalooza "was just a big concert full of up-and-coming modern-rock acts, with a few older legends, very little hip-hop and no truly edgy sounds or messages. As such, however, it was a smashing success: well-organized, fan-friendly and benefitting from the exquisite setting of Hutchinson Field, with the backdrop of the skyline to the west and the beauty of Lake Michigan to the east." - Jim DeRogatis, Sun-Times

* "[T]he event was a success where it counts: The fans, for the most part, loved it. And so did the bands." - Greg Kot, Tribune

* A Lolla journal by New York Times critic Jon Pareles

* Chicagoist: Photos from Saturday and Sunday

* Metromix: Saturday capsules, photos; Sunday capsules, photos

* "The marquee acts get all of the attention, but a mega-event like Lollapalooza couldn't run without hundreds of unsung workers." - Mark Caro, Tribune

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*"The most significant dividing line between this year's Lollapalooza and its original self [was] the shaving down or complete removal of its roughest edge. The mosh pit days of Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T and Ministry were gone in favor of mostly New Wave fashionistas, garage rockers in suits and jam bands. Not many bands stepped out of the boundaries of their music, and there was the sense that the festival was designed to be free of controversy. The absence of harsh commentary seemed puzzling, considering the volatility of today's headlines. 'Now there's all these things to be really mad about and everybody's just happy,' Patterson Hood, frontman for Drive-By Truckers, said backstage Sunday." - Mark Guarino, Daily Herald

*"Lollapalooza 2005 went out with a whimper instead of a bang on Sunday. Or, given the festival-closing 2-1/2-hour performance by the absurdly self-indulgent jam band Widespread Panic, I should say 'with a burst of flatulence.'"
- Jim DeRogatis, Sun-Times