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Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Lollapalooza (instead of the Beastie Boys), playing Radio City Music Hall (and other places)

by Andrew Frisicano

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW on July 31st (more by Chris La Putt)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Add one to list of recent Beastie Boys tributes/cover songs/shout-outs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who subbed for the Beasties’ Saturday night (Aug 8th) headlining spot at Lollapalooza, paid tribute to the group with a riff from Beastie’s “So What’cha Want” tacked at the end of “Phenomena.” Check out the (poor quality) video below. From most of the reviews, it seems like the group successfully pulled off the unenviable task of filling in for the uniquely populist Beastie Boys (as Jay-Z did at All Points West).

9:15 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 11th-hour replacements as headliners for the ailing Beastie Boys, deliver on the big stage. Singer Karen O makes a grand entrance in a head dress that makes her look like a large bird, and she dances with Kabuki-like grace. Once a frenetic dervish, the singer now balances more stylized movements with the unhinged galloping of old. In the same way, the band’s music has matured and deepened. Besides rockers brimming with attitude, the trio also explores more fragile emotional and melodic terrain. The transformation is well-paced, the set balancing all facets of the band’s personality in a confident, commanding performance, with Nick Zinner’s guitar and keyboards as Karen O’s reliable foil, at once melancholy and combustible. [Chicago Tribune]

YYYs will be playing a set of North American dates in September. Included in those will be a Wednesday, September 23rd show at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th at noon.

All tour dates with Lollapalooza videos below…

YYYs @ Lolla ’09 (“So What’cha Want” riff at 1:48)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Lollapalooza 2009 – Runaway

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Runaway – Phenomena – Lollapalooza 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps @ Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero @ Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 26 St. Georges Market Belfast, Northern Ireland
Aug 28 Rock en Seine Paris
Aug 29 Leeds Festival Leeds
Aug 30 Reading Festival Reading
Sep 06 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, Washington
Sep 09 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Sep 10 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Sep 12 Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 13 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 14 Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Los Angeles, California
Sep 17 The Greek Los Angeles, California
Sep 23 Radio City Music Hall New York, New York
Nov 29 O2 Academy Leeds
Nov 30 O2 Brixton Academy London
Dec 01 O2 Brixton Academy London
Dec 03 O2 Academy Newcastle
Dec 04 O2 Academy Glasgow
Dec 06 Apollo Manchester
Dec 07 O2 Academy Sheffield
Dec 09 O2 Academy Birmingham
Dec 10 Opera House Bournemouth
Dec 11 ATP Fest @ Butlins Resort Minehead

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