Tallest Man on Earth at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
After being forced to turn to south Michigan Avenue for salvation, thousands of festivalgoers slowly filed back into Grant Park post-Apocapalooza. With the two-hour jump in lineup serving as a healthy intermission, the Tallest Man on Earth was put to the test of inaugurating Saturday’s second act.
But as Kristian Matsson put on a brave face and an air of optimism for his set, the crowd was audibly restless, still feeding off the evacuation-induced adrenaline rush. With a reassuring calm, Matsson graciously thanked the audience repeatedly for taking the time to listen. While those in the front showed the necessary reverence for his well-crafted folk, the masses continued to loudly exchange tales of their brush with the apocalypse. But Matsson played on, strumming the hell out of his guitar and delivering that heartfelt croon he’s known for. He played a healthy mix of songs from his much-loved EP The Wild Hunt and newer songs from this summer’s There’s No Leaving Now, but it wasn’t until he unleashed the instantly recognizable “King of Spain” that the crowd united in enthusiastic clapping. While singer-songwriters don't always register as exciting, Matsson kept things earnest and upbeat, providing a great segue into the remainder of the day.