Canadian band Stars brought the perfect mix of indie pop to the Budweiser stage this Saturday at Lollapalooza in Grant Park. White rose petals littered the air, then stage, as front man Torquil Campbell flung them about while taking his place at the mic. Singer/guitarist Amy Millan came out in a blur of black sequins and shouted "It's up to you Lollapalooza! It's up to you!" before opening with How Much More.
It seemed like white roses were elegantly placed in every nook and cranny of the stage, only to be de-petaled and thrown toward the heavens at random intervals by Campbell, who looked as happy as a little flower child just to be there. Or, he gracioously threw handfuls of flowers to the crowd.
All of the band member's, who are all also members of super group Broken Social Scene, let their energy explode onto the stage, but it was the chemistry between Campbell and Millan that really sold the performance. Both were happy and peppy and sweaty the whole time, leading Campbell to run off stage and change shirts midway through. Highlights of the set were Set Yourself on Fire, We Don't Want Your Body, Take Me to the Riot and the encore of Your Ex-Lover is Dead. It's almost as if the crowd could feel the last song coming, as fierce battle cries sailed up into the air with the opening notes. Campbell and Millan thanked the crowd feverishly and left the stage in a swarm of rose petals.