After a less-than-stellar appearance earlier in the year at the Coachella Music Festival, many wondered if their 10-plus years off the road would also affect their performance at Firefly. Whatever cobwebs that were still on Outkast at Coachella were brushed off in the months between and, instead, the revelers at Firefly got an Outkast full of humor and funk.
With Andrew 3000 dressed cleverly in a take off of "Children of the Corn" (donning a platinum blonde wig and a jumpsuit that read "Children of the Cornbread") and Big Boi dressed as, well, Big Boi, Outkast launched into party mode with "B.O.B." and proceeded to cover the majority of their hits catalogue driven by a tight backing band and back-up singers.
With no new material being offered (or even hinted at), there was a feeling of Outkast as a borderline nostalgia act, and both their and the audience's energy would wane at times (on several occasions Andre 3000 had to shout "Firefly, are you still with me?!"). But they had enough party tricks up their sleeves, like pulling a few ladies from the audience to "shake it like a Polaroid picture" during "Hey Ya!", to reenergize the show.
By the time Outkast wrapped their set with "The Whole World," the audience bopped along as Andre 3000 got temporarily sentimental by stating, "Thank you for sticking by us for 20 years." Maybe he finally realized that most bands don't get this kind of welcome back reception after a ten year break.