Lollapalooza: The Vaccines blow it up

Justin Young and The Vaccines brough some punk energy to Lolla’s Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Lollapalooza)

Call me a convert. I enjoyed The Vaccines before, but I freaking love them now.

The Vaccines kicked it off with “Blow It Up” and then my personal favorite by the band, “Teenage Icon,” which was an awesome way to kick off a Sunday afternoon set at Lollapalooza.

“Good evening, Lollapalooza,” frontman Justin Young said. “How ya doin’? How you feelin’ Chicago? You’re lookin’ good.”

A lot of the songs were perfectly made to throw your hands in the air and shout out all the words – and with the “come on, come on” in songs like “Wetsuit,” they were pretty easy to learn even if you were new to The Vaccines.

They ran through their best stuff including “Post Break-Up Sex,” “No Hope” and “All In White,” which fans sang so loud that it echoed back off the bandshell the band was playing from.

The Vaccines also introduced a new song, the softer “Melody Calling,” which Youg said, “They like this one in England.”

I don’t know that I saw more people all weekend sing along to more songs. Maybe there were more individuals singing “Ho Hey” or “Babel,” but man The Vaccines had their audience roped in.

Throughout the show, I loved Freddie Cowan on guitar, who took the punk rock riffs and added a polish to every song. That guy’s good.

They finished with “Bad Mood” and then “Norgaard,” which brought about the first and only mosh pit that I saw all weekend at the festival.

It was an intense set and one of the best bands I saw all week.

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