Lollapalooza day four saw a shake-up when rapper DaBaby was dropped from headlining after a homophobic rant during his performance at Rolling Loud in Miami July 25, the Associated Press reported. The mood wasn’t soured by the former-headliner’s bigotry, as the Foo Fighters rocked out the end of Chicago’s biggest music festival.
Lollapalooza announced Sunday morning that Young Thug would headline the Bud Light Seltzer stage in place of DaBaby while local rapper G Herbo would take over for Young Thug earlier in the afternoon on the T-Mobile stage.
With the schedule set, the final day of the festival was a go.
Rising pop stars took center stage Sunday. Singer/songwriter Sofia Valdés took the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage for a short but sweet set of pop tunes. Her beachy tunes had the audience swaying and smiling as Valdés’ energy radiated throughout the stage.
After dedicating the final track, “Oceans Away,” to her sister in the audience, Valdés ran off stage with a giddy grin, allowing her band to shine with a stunning outro.
Over on the BMI stage, Sarah Barrios performed coffee shop pop. The angsty artist told fans the story of her song “IH8EVERY1,” inspired by April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) in NBC’s comedy “Parks & Recreation.”
With a vocoder accompanying one of her tracks, Barrios made for a memorable set — her first performance in four years, she said.
YouTuber-turned-musician mxmtoon carried an audience of adoring fans in the evening. Her mid-2000s, Tegan & Sara-esque tracks created an ethereal, comforting atmosphere.
Under the shaded Grubhub stage, fans swayed with their hands in the air to the gorgeously produced tracks.
“You love me?” mxmtoon smirked after a fan shouted they love her. “We’ll see about that.”
With the earnest warmth of Colbie Cailait’s “Bubbly” and hints of Olivia Rodrigo’s teen angst, mxmtoon served Y2K realness throughout her chill performance. After an extensive weekend of bombastic performances, the dreamy set was a perfect send-off for attendees into the final night of the event.
Following Barrios on the BMI stage was Ottto, a changeup of the highest proportions. With the crowd raising devil horns, the Venice Beach-based metal band went on to show off their mix of influences.
The trio’s sound bounced from “Master of Puppets” era Metallica to ‘90s punk to nu-metal effortlessly, sometimes within the bounds of a single song. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone though considering bassist Tye Trujillo is the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.
Tye obviously takes after his father, ripping a bass solo while stomping around on stage and windmilling his hair. He’s a veteran in his own right — having been in multiple bands, including Korn when he was just 12 — and it shows.
The other two members, Bryan Noah Ferretti and Ryan Duswalt, manage to match Tye in being absolute experts on stage. Duswalt’s drumming displayed an expertise beyond his years and Ferretti’s shredding kept pace. The crowd showed their appreciation for all of this by naturally forming a mosh pit almost as soon as the group hit the stage, filling the air with a cloud of dust as they thrashed around to each song.
Seeing — or rather hearing their influences — it only makes sense that Ottto would end their set with a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” which caused the mosh pit to go into overdrive. In a lineup that also includes the Foo Fighters, it’s hard to rock harder and heavier than them, but Ottto gave the headliner a run for their money.
The Foo Fighters took the stage at 8 p.m. — earlier than any other headliner due to their lengthy two-hour set — and opened with “Times Like These,” the song they recently played for the BBC Live Lounge along with stars like Dua Lipa and Rita Ora.
While initially their volume was competing with the neighboring Solana x Perry’s stage, the band’s sound was eventually able to drown out everything else.
After extended medley versions of “The Pretender” and “Learn To Fly,” frontman Dave Grohl took a moment to address the crowd.
“Who’s never seen us before?” he asked the crowd, who responded with mostly raised arms. “Well what the fuck have you been waiting for, it’s been 26 years. Well, you picked the right night, because this is Lollapalooza.”
The group then took some time out of their setlist to indulge in one of their latest projects — The Dee Gees. The play-on the Bee Gees’ name paid off when the Foo Fighters covered their song “You Should Be Dancing.”
After introducing the rest of the band, Grohl addressed the crowd again, though this time on a topic concerning another artist.
“We love and respect people from all walks of life,” Grohl said, taking a jab at DaBaby’s comments.
The group then went into a cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” with drummer Taylor Hawkins singing and Grohl stepping behind the drums.
Later in the set, Grohl stopped the show to have the crowd help him sing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter Ophelia, who was turning seven that day. The Grohl family affairs didn’t end there though, as he also brought out his daughter Violet to cover “Nausea” by X, an old-school punk band.
“That’s the next generation of rock and roll right there,” Grohl said as his elder daughter exited the stage.
The band ended their set with a triple-threat of hits — “Best of You,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Everlong” — before ending their set and closing out the 30th anniversary of Lollapalooza.