Lollapalooza 2017 Sunday pics (Arcade Fire, Joey Bada$$, more)
Lollapalooza’s 2017 edition wrapped up on Sunday (8/6) with a headlining set from Arcade Fire. Billboard reported on their set, which, like the intimate Metro show they played on Saturday night, included a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”
Aside from Everything Now’s title track, the setlist included more new tracks like “Signs Of Life” and “Electric Blue.” But the meat of the show came from the rocker’s older hits off its most beloved, and previously mentioned, albums, from “Rebellion (Lies),” which was extended into a lengthy instrumental jam as Will Butler ran through the crowd banging a drum, to “Ready To Start” and everything in between. A handful of songs came with a brief introductory story, courtesy of Win, such as “Keep The Car Running” — “I still believe in this country,” he said. “We wrote this after the second Bush election, so we’ve been through some bull–it before” — and “The Suburbs,” which the group dedicated to David Bowie. Win said, “Every time we play this song it makes me think of [him].”
After Arcade Fire performed “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” under a full moon on the last day of the festival, the rockers said goodnight but the lights stayed on. There was more to come. Following its usual finale of “Wake Up,” Win said, “I know it’s been a long weekend for you, but we want to play one more song.” As the clock ticked past the 10:00 cut off, Arcade Fire delivered a heartfelt cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games,” with a bit of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” tossed in, before finding its way back to the “woah ohs” of “Wake Up” that echoed through Grant Park long after the band had left the stage.
Earlier in the day, Charli XCX had a few surprises in store for her set: a guest appearance from collaborator Cupcakke, and a cover of The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” with another guest, Halsey. Watch a video of “Wannabe” below.
Sunday at Lollapalooza also included sets from Lil Yachty, whose huge crowd climbed trees, poles, fences and onto rooftops to see the rapper (and to catch a glimpse of Saturday headliner Chance the Rapper, who briefly appeared onstage), plus Joey Bada$$, Big Sean, Sampha, 6lack, Car Seat Headrest, Noname, and more. Check out pictures in the gallery above.
Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park next year on August 2-8, 2018, and four-day VIP and platinum tickets are already on sale.
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photos by James Richards IV