Today was the longest, and most tiring day of the three. And it was also one of the best, musically. I got there at 2:30, just in time for Doves, and man was it hot. Turns out that at 108, today was the hottest day of the year so far! But I slathered on some spf30 and kept drinking water. They put on a great show, they played all of my favorite songs as well as some that I hadn’t heard before.
B-Dub showed up part way through. Just before Doves ended he & I walked over to check out The Bravery. Holy cow are they energetic! I only knew their one song from the radio (An Honest Mistake), but all of their stuff was good. I don’t know that I’ll buy their stuff, but I really enjoyed their show.
By this time I was really feeling the heat, so B-Dub & I got smoothies and sat in the shade for a while, then made our way over to hear Jason Mraz. His stuff was a nice change, but not really my style. B-Dub commented that he sounds like a member of a boy band, that branched out on his own. That’s a good description. But, like the others, I enjoyed his show.
At this point we hooked up with our friends Jeff & Mandy, and saved a good spot for Coldplay. I could hear Bob Mould Band playing in the background, but didn’t want to give up prime real estate, so enjoyed the down time between bands. My girlfriend arrived while we were waiting. I’m glad, too. I was missing her.
Remember my dilemma about whether to see Wilco or Franz Ferdinand? Well, Wilco was all the way across the park, and Franz Ferdinand was right there, so that’s what we saw. Holy Cow!! They were handily my favorite entertainers of the weekend! I only knew their one song from the radio (Take Me Out). That song is very representative of their style, upbeat crunchy guitars with great riffs and a drummer that really comes through with a cool beat. And they did a great job of interacting with the crowd. It was so fun! I’d be willing to go out of my way to see them again.
By this point half the park was moving towards this stage for Coldplay. It wasn’t very much fun because people wanted to trample us to get close to the stage. I had terse conversations with more than one person, often telling people that they couldn’t come through. Some of them had good attitudes and went about their way, and others didn’t. But, we survived, and were in a really good spot when Coldplay started.
So, Coldplay was the headliner. Their show was exactly what you’d expect, freakin awesome. Chris Martin interacted with the crowd some. They played all of our favorite songs. Their light show was amazing and held your attention. And their performance was perfect.
We pushed our way to the back of the crowd during their 4th song. We were hungry and burning up. The sun had gone down, but it was still blazing hot, and we were surrounded by people. We got some water then went over to the restaurant section. Because no other bands were playing we could hear Coldplay perfectly, and all the restaurants were practically giving their food away. We got a couple of burritos and smoothies for $10!
My favorite show of the day was Franz Ferdinand, they were just freakin awesome. Their music is fun and energetic, and man do they put on a great show.