ACL Day 3 Recap: Eagles, Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne's Diet
Ed. Note: Updated at 1:42 p.m. to include information on Don Henley's medical condition we received from Eagles manager Irving Azoff.
For more photos from Sunday's final day of ACL, see our slideshow here.
It's just a few hours after the Eagles left the stage at this year's Austin City Limits Festival, closing out the weekend. Rocks Off made it, through almost 40 hours of music over three days, drinking our weight in tea, beer, bottled water and Red Bull. And maybe one or two mixed drinks. Our feet are white and our legs are tanned brown and dusted with dirt, making an interesting visual.
Sunday started for us bright and quasi-early (in music-festival time) with Warpaint, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, and the sad news that the world lost soul man Solomon Burke, who passed away in Amsterdam at the age of 70. His spirit lived on in some of the day's acts like Trombone Shorty, T Bird & The Breaks and the Relatives.
Indie-dance groovers Yeasayer were a huge draw at Zilker's AMD stage, playing to their thirsty audience while also gearing up people camping out to get up close for the stage's next act, the Flaming Lips.
Earlier in the day we met the Lips' Wayne Coyne in the media tent and thanked him for the band's appearance at Free Press Summer Fest, which was arguably one of the most magical shows Houston will see this year. A few hours later he stopped back for some free Salt Lick biscuits, fried chicken and sugar-free Red Bull. He's just like all of us, except he crawls out of vaginas onstage.
Before our night shift of shows started, we got word in the media area that the Eagles' Don Henley had a stent put in earlier in the week, which explained the band's recent dates being pushed back a few weeks.
See you next year, ACL!
Stents basically help blood vessels do their job, keeping the stuff flowing and you alive. They are pretty serious business, and by all rights Henley probably shouldn't have played the show, but you can't deny an estimated 65,000 people expecting to sing along to "Hotel California."
Earlier Monday afternoon, Aftermath got an email from Eagles manager Irving Azoff explaining that Henley had recently had his knee, not his heart, worked on. However, we heard about Henley's supposed cardiac problem and subsequent surgery from a member of the Eagles' crew not less than an hour after he had dined with Henley. Either way, from the way Henley was jumping up and down during the band's set, it looked like he was in pretty good shape all the way around.
We watched the last half of Band of Horses, who sound to us like the angelic sides of the Beach Boys mating with My Morning Jacket or Drive-By Truckers. It's pretty, peaceful, serene stuff, and was a good mix with the rapidly setting sun.
The band covered Cee-Lo's recent single "Georgia" to close their set, repaying him for his cover of their 2007 swooner/weeper "No One's Gonna Love You." Part of us was really hoping for a woodsy recitation of "Fuck You," but that wasn't in the cards.