Reporting Scott T. Sterling
The Red Hot Chili Peppers once again proved to be among the world’s most reliable festival bands with a triumphant set packed with hits to close out the 2013 edition of San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival.
Facing a third night of a capacity crowd of 65,000, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and the band blitzed through radio-worn favorites like “Otherside,” “Under the Bridge” and “Californication” next to their seminal ’90s MTV hit “Give it Away” and their hard-charging cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” from 1989 album, Mother’s Milk.
Kaskade brought his stadium-sized dance tracks to the Twin Peaks stage across the park, turning up the energy by releasing dozens of giant white balloons as he dropped heavier and heavier beats to the heaving masses still up for the party as the festival was winding down for another year.
Rapidly rising star in the dance world Dillon Francis had a sound far bigger than the relatively small confines of the Panhandle stage, spinning a high-energy set opened with a bouncing remix of Blur’s enduring 1997 hit, “Song 2.”
Vampire Weekend brought out a massive crowd to the main stage to hear songs from the band’s latest release, Modern Vampires of the City, while DJ A-Trak lit up the Twin Peaks area with trap beats, a dance-floor remix of Kanye West’s “New Slaves” and his own rework of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll,” which has renewed life after being featured prominently in 2012 teen party film Project X.
Several tokes over the line earlier, Willie Nelson & Family drew a huge crowd to the Sutro stage, keeping it wholly authentic with a set thick with Americana standards like Hank Williams’ songs “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” the latter featuring Bob Weir on vocals and actor John Stamos playing percussion (fresh off his gig with The Beach Boys).
Photo Gallery: Outside Lands 2013
And Hall & Oates provided a late afternoon jumpstart by running through highlights from the duo’s decades-long career, including “I Can’t Go For That,” “Maneater” and going as far back as 1973 for one of their earliest and most enduring hits, “She’s Gone.”