Lollapalooza 2011 Roundup

Deadmau5 headlines Lollapalooza on August 7, 2011. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

This past weekend, 140 artists descended on Chicago and joined 270,000 fans—and those were just the paying ones—in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza. Here are the highlights from Grant Park.

How good was this year’s lineup? So good that hundreds non-ticketholders rushed the gates and jumped chain-link fences. [Chicago Tribune]

During Coldplay’s headlining set on Friday night, Chris Martin honored Amy Winehouse with a somber take on “Rehab.” [Chicago Tribune]

In the interest of preventing a disco inferno, The Chicago Fire Department temporarily shut down Perry Farrell’s jam-packed DJ tent. [USA Today]

A buff Eminem went down like gangbusters Saturday night, turning in a hits-packed 90-minute set. While there were no Lil Wayne or Dr. Dre cameos, Skylar Grey and Royce da 5’9” were in the house, as was Bruno Mars, who made a surprise appearance on “Lighters,” turning Grant Park into a sea of raised cell phones. [MTV News]

After his DJ set Saturday night, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell called this year’s festival “one of the great moments of my life,” even if the “uncontrollable energy” of the mammoth event gave him a case of the shakes. [USA Today]

During a break in Sunday’s rain, Arctic Monkeys played on a stage framed by a rainbow. As a show of gratitude, singer Alex Turner dedicated “She’s Thunderstorms,” from the band’s latest album, “to Mother Nature.” [Chicago Sun Times]

The rains returned for Sunday night’s Foo Fighters finale, but Dave Grohl and company soldiered on, rocking for two-plus hours and dedicating “My Hero” to those who’d braved the mud. [Chicago Tribune]

Speaking of mud, here’s a shot of Mudapalooza. [Swimfinfan Flickr]

Deadmau5 opens his headlining set with a new tune; watch the rain fall. [YouTube]

On a sad note, a 25-year-old female fan was killed Friday night biking home from the show. The next day, two 20-something males were brought to the hospital in “serious to critical condition” after being hit by a car. [Contact Music]

As these photos attest, this year’s Lolla was all about looking good: Jim James was all hair, Cee-Lo rocked Mad Max-style shoulder pads and Ellie Goulding devotees gazed at their heroine through star-shaped lenses. [Rolling Stone]

In keeping with the theme of her song “Weirdo,” Skylar Grey sang a few snippets of Radiohead’s “Creep.” [MTV News]

The place to be late Saturday night was Pete Wentz’s Angels & Kings club, where Questlove spun records for the likes of Lindsay Lohan and David Arquette. [New York Post]

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