For the first time in its history, music festival Lollapalooza suffered a weather-related setback as severe thunderstorms caused the show to be shut down and evacuated for three hours. However, it came roaring back with stellar performances.
The alternative rock festival, Lollapalooza, has for the first time since its inception in 1991, endured an evacuation and suspension of events due to severe weather patterns.
According to Rolling Stone, the second day of Lollapalooza 2012 was accompanied by heavy rain and intense thunderstorms, which forced concertgoers to have to leave the show for about three hours.
"It was a scene straight out of The Day After Tomorrow: a sea of confused, disgruntled people flooding the streets of Chicago, left to wonder about their fate," is how the magazine described the scenario.
Even so, after the aforementioned hiatus, the show was back on; unfortunately, certain bands had their performances shortened or delayed. Acts such as Alabama Shakes, B.o.B., Temper Trap and Neon Indian were cancelled entirely. Chicago's Grant Park had also become a wet, muddy mess.
The crowd didn't seem to mind a whole lot, though reports Music Mix; as patron numbers merely dwindled a little bit.
One group in particular, the world famous Red Hot Chili Peppers, have endured some hard times at Lollapalooza before. Back in 2006, fans attempted to invade the stage during the band's headlining set.
The Peppers - who brought on guitarist Josh Klinghoffer after John Frusciante left the group in 2009 - incorporated mainly classic hits into their set with the exception of the ethereal "Monarchy of Roses," from 2011's record, I'm With You.
The Windy City also decided to extend to curfew of the festival in order to compensate for the time lost earlier that day. This allowed the group to rock well into the night, rounding off their set with a two-song encore consisting of songs, "Brendan's Death Song, and "Give it Away."
DJ Avicii kicked off his set with his signature hit, "Levels," sampled from "Something's Got a Hold on Me," sung by the late Etta James.
"Avicii is one of the hottest techno acts in the world," touted one of the fans.
Enter Frank Ocean: where Avicii and the Red Hot Chili Peppers duked it out for dominance on the main stage, the breakout Rhythm and Blues sensation presented himself on the smaller, cozier Google Play Stage.
"I see we had a little rain," Ocean cracked, donning the red and white bandana that normally adorns his head. "I'm glad you all came back."
The R&B newcomer's set was an immaculately suave one, as he sat on a chair and lulled the audience with an acoustic-backed cover of Sade's "By Your Side." The light air was then replaced by a super heavy one as Ocean performed the Channel ORANGE track "Thinkin' Bout You" and nostalgia, ULTRA hit "Novacane."
Ocean rounded up his set with the gospel-like "Bad Religion," - which is about the artist's previous romantic relationship with a man - and finally, "Pyramid."
A group known as Fun, appeared to have the most of its namesake overall. Having the arduous responsibility of re-opening the show once the audience was allowed back in, they went above and beyond doing so. They performed their songs, "One Foot," along with "Why Am I the One?" during their set with front man Nate Ruess garbed in "neon yellow sneakers and unhinged suspenders," Rolling Stone reports.
Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand did some of their hits from the mid-2000s; Twin Shadow also made an appearance albeit a brief one.
Star Slinger came onto Perry's Stage, but his set appeared erratic Rolling Stone says. "His performance seemed disjointed, varying between predictable and electrifying," but had a very interesting way of incorporating British rave concepts into his act, "mixing transcendent piano lines and helium vocals into his emotionally fraught atmosphere."