Friday Top 5: Best ACL Headliners of All Time
These guys made my Top 5 Trio list, and they have placed yet again. Muse was not extremely well known in the U.S. at the time, and they wasted no time winning over new fans and made the crowd forget that the White Stripes were a no-show. They played their hits along with a hearty sampling from their past four albums. Some reviews say they had the best use of the video screens, coolest drum riser, and best encore (which involved playing a recording of a JFK speech). They had a brilliant and quite effective light show that pleased thousands of festival goers, previous fans or not.
These guys capped off the day with a massive mob of a crowd, while the others scrounged around Kings of Leon’s mediocre performance. Front lady Karen O took the stage in a kimono-type dress adorned with bizarre, stylized eyes. She rocked new and old tracks with multiple costume changes, charging in front of a glittery spiral and giant eyeball as her stage background.
Lively as always, this talented troupe definitely brought it on strong as the daylight drew to an end. Following their Neon Bible release, they performed with recordings of televangelists on the display screens, making it somewhat of a religious experience. They were true to both their albums, and played a very moving set. These guys don’t need flashy lights to put on a good performance.
For it’s third year, ACL did the right thing booking these guys, being the festival’s first-ever sold-out day. The performance pleased Pixie fans from all over and rocked liked it was ’91 all over again. It’s not every day that you can catch a band like this, so it was a definite treat to see these guys in the flesh after following their music for years.
You know to expect the furthest from an average performance when you hear her name. Adorned with neon makeup and spider webs shooting from her hands, she put on a wild and exhilarating show to remember in 2007. The lights, the insane screen displays, flashing strobes and the flaming speakers. That’s right, the music was so loud that the back speaker caught on fire and the entire audience was yelling, “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” A friend described her as a frolicking big kid playing on stage, which is a great evaluation.