All photos © 2007 Lollapalooza
We have been staunch defenders of Lolla in the past when people criticized the festival’s growing lack of anything resembling alternative culture, but this year is the year that even we said, “Man, where are our favorite bands?” Lollapalooza 2007 was all about the kids, with very few bands that would appeal to anyone over 27. This is a very smart move in terms of luring their ideal demographic back for next year’s festival, but it’s kind of a slap in the face to the generation that supported Lollapalooza in its infancy and enabled it to be what it is today. We would also like to state for the record, once again, that three days is one day too many. For as much as people complained about noise bleed between the stages in 2005, we’ll take that setup any day of the week. Of course, they’ll never go back to that, because it would mean leaving millions of dollars on the table. Sigh.
Nonetheless, we soldier on, braving the heat, the crowds and the port-o-johns as long as we can in order to cover as many bands as we can. Which turned out to be only a couple dozen of the 100+ bands on the bill. Oh, and we couldn’t get a photo pass this year, which nearly made our senior editor cry. He really loved being in the pit last year, and was particularly excited to shoot pictures of Muse and Daft Punk….