There’s definitely a handful of stories that will continue to be retold from this past weekend’s annual Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Black Sabbath reunited, Saturday was cancelled in the mid-afternoon only to be reinstated later, and so on. A story that deserves to be told is the one about that one band that reopened the Google Play Stage on Saturday. What band? The answer is fun., who has had nothing short of a spectacular year. They’ve been all over festivals, put together one of the best songs of the year (along with an impressive album to back it up), and are now up for two MTV VMA’s. This was an important show for many people to check out, and it wasn’t even the slightest bit disappointing.
Being told to leave Grant Park was a nightmare, and everyone was glued to their phones (Twitter in particular) to find out when they were allowed back in. Bands were shuffled around and cancelled due to the weather, but fun. was reassuring by letting followers know they were still on, now at 6:30. Sure enough, frontman Nate Ruess and company burst onto the stage for an incredibly overpowering rendition of “One Foot”, and ensured that “a little bit of rain” wouldn’t stop the band. I also feel like it’s important to mention Ruess’s shoes. They were great shoes.
The band played a seven song set (short but sweet) that relied heavily on material from Some Nights, including a heart-warming rendition of “Carry On”. They also paid homage to their debut album with electrifying performances of “Walking the Dog” and “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used to Be)”. The crowd screamed out every word with the band, including the auto-tuned high notes heard on the studio recording of set closer “Some Nights”.
fun.’s 45 minute set at Lollapalooza was one of the top highlights of the entire weekend for Nutshell Music Group, and the only complaint from this end was that it was just way too short. But even with the lack of material from Aim and Ignite, fun.’s Lollapalooza set gets an A. Expect to be hearing about them again soon, they’ll be back in Chicago for a show at the Riviera on November 15th, and maybe with a few VMA’s under their belts. Voting is under way now, so you could check out all of the categories and vote for fun. here, and then tune in to watch on September 6th.
Here’s the setlist for fun.’s Lollapalooza show, 8/4/12:
- One Foot
- Walking the Dog
- Carry On
- At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used to Be)
- Why Am I the One
- We Are Young
- Some Nights