AU ABROAD

Metallica and Sam Smith close out day two of Lollpalooza; Tame Impala, Chet Faker and Hermitude represent Australia


Pictured: Chet Faker. Photo by Daniel Boczarski.

Chicago Metallica fans - including a group who were lucky enough to be positioned on stage - were treated to a two hour headlining show at Lollapalooza that, with the exception of "Cyanide" from Death Magnetic, featured songs from their entire pre-1998 cataloge, with a track from all of their seven LPs (to that time) featured, including "Seek & Destroy" off their debut album Kill 'Em All. Two covers were also thrown into the mix. The setlist looked a little something like this:

Fuel
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Wherever I May Roam
King Nothing
Disposable Heroes
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Cyanide
The Unforgiven
Sad But True
One
Master of Puppets
Creeping Death
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy

Encore:
Whiskey in the Jar (Cover)
Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover)
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Over on the Samsung Stage at the opposite end of the venue, Sam Smith closed out with a 75 minute set that included favourites from his record and a medley of covers. The British star - who just over a year ago was barely known in this territory - attracted a massive crowd. G-Easy and Alesso also attracted impressive audiences for their stage closing performances.

G-Easy wasn't the only one present to hold the flag high for the US hip hop scene, either, with Kid Cudi, Tyler, The Creator and Travis Scott amongst the solid contingency. Travis caused controversy, however, after his set was cut short following him inciting the crowd to rush the stage and riot. Reports indicate he was arrested after his three song set and that he'll be "facing disorderly conduct charges" (KABC-TV‎). Death from Above 1979, meanwhile, were one of the earlier bands to get the crowd rocking, though no technical riots were incited.

Earlier in the day, Perry Farrell surprised the Kidzapalooza Stage with a two song performance of Janes Addiction songs accompanied by, among others, Robert Trujillo from Metallica. They played "Ocean Size" and "Mountain Song". UK rising stars Catfish and the Bottlemen opened up the Samsung stage and pop star Charli XCX got the crowd dancing on the Sprint stage, as did Walk The Moon - who are currently enjoying a hit in Australia with "Shut Up + Dance".

Australia was well represented with both Hermitude and Chet Faker enjoying rousing receptions on the Pepsi stage, while Tame Impala enjoyed a primetime main stage slot, playing in front of tens of thousands of fans as they delivered tracks from their latest record Currents alongside old favourites, ahead of Brand New and Metallica.

Lollapalooza concludes today in Chicago. For more details head to http://www.lollapalooza.com/. Stay tuned to the AU for interviews, full review photo galleries and more. To see all of Daniel Boczarski's photos from day two, head HERE.