Date: August 3, 2012
City: Chicago, IL
Venue: Grant Park
This year I selected the acts I would see by comparing the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival schedules. Since I was attending both I wanted to maximum the number of bands I could see because both festivals had several of the same groups performing. Thankfully the ACL schedule was published before Lollapalooza took place.
ANIMAL KINGDOM – British alternative rock band
AMBASSADORS – Brooklyn rock band
HALEY REINHART – Former American Idol contestant
FIRST AID KIT – I saw this Swedish folk duo in the Google Play Tent. They were very mellow, but perfect for the setting. It was also a great way to escape the heat thanks to the giant fans they had in the tent.
HELENA – Singer songwriter from Los Angeles
DAWES – Los Angeles based folk-rock band. I had seen a portion of their set in 2011 and decided to see their entire set.
BLACK SABBATH – First night headliner
The first time I saw Black Sabbath was at Ozzfest 2001. It was not a sober time in Ozzy’s life and he appeared to struggle shuffling around on the stage. He appeared to be sober for this show and moved a bit more gracefully. Both times his singing voice sounded great, but I couldn’t understand a lot of what he was saying when he spoke to the crowd. The only thing I understood this time was “I can’t hear you!”