Lollapalooza onsite quickie / by Jason

I'm starting Day 3 of Lollapalooza and so far this festival has delivered big for the fans. Musically, it's a complete triumph, with a stellar performance from Rage Against the Machine last night and a very solid set from Radiohead the night before. Other highlights have included a riotous Gogol Bordello set, a high energy stomper from Cadence Weapon, and what sounded from the press tent like a tremendous set from Yeasayer. The crowds are already rolling in now for an incredibly strong final day featuring the John Butler Trio, G. Love and Special Sauce, Black Kids, and the National, but the real buzz seems to be about both Saul Williams and NIN, including a rumor that Saul and Trent will appear on stage together during the NIN set.

Speaking of Saul Williams, I grabbed an interview with him this morning and I'll have that transcribed later this week. I was also lucky enough to get a few minutes with the man himself, Mr. Perry Farrell, so look for that by week's end. I'll also have a review of the Eastsport Cafe, an offsite lounge area for artists, press, and assorted VIPs that's stationed just up the street at the Hard Rock Hotel. It turns out that Eastsport's owner is a big environmentalist and has started a new line of biodegradable bags. The brand is giving a healthy chunk of the proceeds to the Ben Jelen Foundation, the environmental charity started by the up-and-coming crooner. I have interviews with both Joseph from Eastsport and Ben Jelen to work with and when I publish the piece in about 2 weeks I hope to have a couple of the new Eastsport Natural backpacks to give away. We'll dream up some uber-clever green contest thing for you to participate in.

But while Lolla's been a success from the music and weather fronts, the Greening initiative leaves a little to be desired. It's not bad, but last night leaving Rage I walked over a sea of empty water bottles and smashed plastic cups, and after Rothbury it's kind of a letdown to go back to business as usual. I'll have a full green writeup in a day or two. For now, it's back to the music!