Live at Lollapalooza - August 4, 2007 - Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois
A near-perfect crystallization of Boys and Girls In America-era THS. Focused, ferocious, and in some way, fantastically ragged. The show opening “Stuck Between Stations” begins with Bobby’s insistent bass pedal whomps and launches into a full-out guitar flood. As the riffs cascade into a heap of piano notes, Craig states: “We drink and we dry up and we crumble into dust,” then asks the crowd “RIGHT?” as Tad slinks into an adlibbed solo between verses. I’ve never not shouted that back at Craig at a show since.
The band was creeping closer to touring on the album for almost a year at this point, and it shows. From the buzzsaw precision of “The Swish”, the swift, quick-tempoed “Hot Soft Light” and the one-two punch finale of “How A Resurrection Really Feels” that effortlessly melted into “Killer Parties”, the band was moving away from the boozy dirges and marathon sets that punctuated their early years. For better or worse, it’s a band hitting it’s stride.
"Last year we played here and I said this was the most fun I had before three o clock," Craig said before ‘Chips Ahoy!’, referring to the band’s Lollapalooza 2006 set. "This is shaping up to be the most fun I’ve had, period."
By the sound of it, you’d have a hard time not believing him.