It’s tough to think of any other band in the past few years that’s blown up quite in the way that Phoenix have. They were trotting along with some good albums to their name and a very respectable fan base, then BOOM! They’re headlining Lollapalooza and playing in during every commercial break on Fox. It’s wild. And now they have a huge number of fans,most of which seem to be ordinary people with no desire to spend hours per day digging for new music. They’ve finally done it — they’ve crossed over into pop culture.
I don’t really know what I’d call the “best” Phoenix show I’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s the one in Louisville. Maybe it was at Monolith Festival at Red Rocks. But whatever it is, Lollapalooza wasn’t quite it. They were great, and totally deserving of their headlining spot, but I just didn’t feel like they had as much freedom as I’d seen them enjoy in the past. I only caught around five songs, but by that time in Louisville they’d started doing weird tricks with their projector or having a really crazy time with their light show. Still, they sounded incredibly powerful coming out of the speakers at Lollapalooza, and that’s what mattered the most. Well, that and the insanely huge crowd they drew to their stage.