Day three completed my new-wave-fantasy, because today’s headliner was The Cure! Having seen the masterpiece that New Order created on Friday, I was more than ready for a Robert Smith love fest. My expectations were more than met by a remarkable sounding Smith. The Cure’s flawless function was only amplified by the older crowd remembering their youth. It would have been interesting to see their High School pictures, because most were without darkened eyeliner. Even without the proper “Cure fan” attire there was no denying their commitment to the band.
While some of us were singing and dancing to “Boys Don’t Cry”, most of the uneducated youth were enjoying a powerfully driven set by Phoenix. While most would throw their fists in the air in protest to Phoenix’s noticeably larger crowd, it’s hard to argue with the power of a pop song and Phoenix was delivering their hits right on target.
Over all, Lolla was a wonderful experience only heightened by the mild Chicago weather and the bands that left their mark in-between the skyscrapers. My favorites being: New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Local Natives, Crystal Castles, and The Cure!