Dave Grohl: Lollapalooza ‘Changed the World’
SANTIAGO – The second coming of the Lollapalooza festival brought another line up of sensational names with over 60 local and foreign artists and more than 100,000 music fans.
According to organizers, about seven thousand foreigners, mostly from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, came to attend Lollapalooza Chile this weekend, as well as a large number of North American and European tourists, a tribute to the wide variety of music on display.
Today the Lollapalooza Twitter and Facebook pages were a storm of praise for TV on the Radio, The Crystal Method, Moreno, Band of Horses, Arctic Moneys, Friendly Fires, Los Tetas, Los Javais, Bjork, Zamudio, Illya Kuryaki & TheValderramas, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and of course the ultimate headliners: Foo Fighters.
Heather Mary Shaw on Facebook said: “Mind has been blown… thank you Lollapalooza Chile and your amazing crowd.”
Without a doubt, the most popular performance was the Foo Fighters two and half hour set, in which they promised to play as many songs as possible. Despite technical problems and cries from a dominantly Spanish-speaking audience to ‘turn up the volume’ the atmosphere was buzzing, with the audience singing along faithfully to every song.
Lead singer Dave Grohl put on a great show. Not only did he walk guitar-in-hand through the audience, pick a small girl out from the audience and dance with her on his shoulders, but he kept the overwhelming audience laughing and captivated until the end.
Dave Grohl made frequent references to the history of Lollapalooza, and singer Perry Farrell who started the festival in the U.S. back in 1991. Grohl’s claim that the festival ‘changed the world’ may be owing to the political and social message prevalent in the festival’s history.
In this spirit, Lollapalooza Festival Chile 2012 aimed to promote and foster sustainable development as an expression of culture in Chile and the planet, which they called the ‘Green Spirit’. They hosted various stalls promoting recycling, healthy and organic food, and eco-friendly groups.
By it’s own account, “The Green Spirit tried to frame and contextualize Lollapalooza as a platform for this awakening impulse concretely, materializing into effective action.”
There is also praise on the Facebook page for Kidzapalooza. Certainly the general drinking ban outside the VIP area helped promote this family friendly image. There was also a fair and craft stall to entertain all ages between sets. The altar where people were married by a man dressed like Elvis also proved to be popular.
The festival will continue its South American tour with a debut in São Paolo, Brazil on the weekend of April 7, 2012.