by Angela Brooks
Day one of Lollapalooza 25 had staged a very impressive lineup all around. A healthy fraction of the 100,000 revelers in Grant Park were abuzz with excitement for “Alex Turner’s other band,” The Last Shadow Puppets. An hour after sundown TLSP were set to perform on the Pepsi Stage — the festival’s third largest stage. Having experienced the band twice before, including two days ago in Detroit, I could barely contain my excitement.
Amongst the chatter of the audience, fans mentioned the different countries they were from, and how they specifically came to Lollapalooza for The Last Shadow Puppets. Mainly, I was impressed that some people had travelled as far as South America to see these guys perform. However, it was understandable because TLSP have announced their decision to stop touring beyond 2016.
At 9 PM exactly, the Pepsi Stage projected TLSP’s signature red and yellow lights, which mimicked the artwork from their recent album Everything You’ve Come to Expect. One of the most unique aspects about The Last Shadow Puppets is their string section. That night, it was comprised of three violinists and one cellist. They were put to work immediately, as Turner and Kane commenced the one-hour set with a phenomenal Bowie cover of “Moonage Daydream“, then jumped into the rumbling, orchestral and fatally seductive “Aviation,” the first track from the new album. With the entire crowd singing along, Tuner and Kane could definitely feel the love. As cheesy as it may sound, it certainly felt like they were singing right to you. Turner’s hip-swinging moves entranced guys and gals alike. They frequently locked eyes with fans, which made us feel involved, appreciated and seduced.
It’s unfortunate this will be the band’s last tour, as they put on such an inspiring performance. Turner and Kane have an indescribable connection on stage, and I’m incredibly heartbroken that it’s come to an end.
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie Cover
Used To Be My Girl
The Age of the Understatement
Totally Wired – The Fall
My Mistakes Were Made For You
The Meeting Place
Sweet Dreams, TN
Standing Next to Me
In My Room