Backstreet Boys’ Best, Worst of Summerfest 3 Weekend Rod Stewart


After all the struggles Summerfest and Milwaukee festival fans have endured over the past few years, it was the least Mother Nature could do.

For the first time at the festival in the heart of summer since 2019, the weather was exceptional every day. Some afternoons were nice and warm, some a bit chilly, but the rain wasn’t a factor.

And the best weather at America’s biggest music festival seemed to be reserved for the last three days.

Here’s the best and some of the worst from the final weekend of Summerfest 2022.

Better performance

Usually on the last day, festival goers are pretty crisp and the early hours are incredibly sleepy. That’s not the case at Summerfest 2022. The Big Gig has never had a cool band so early as Sarah Tudzin’s Illuminati Hotties, which drew a nice-sized crowd to their 1:45 p.m. Generac Power Stage. with its funny and fresh punk sound. . Tudzin joked at one point that performing at Summerfest had been a dream of hers since she was 2 years old. Safe to say she will be living even bigger dreams in her future. Illuminati Hotties was also Cal Roach’s favorite Summerfest performer for Weekend 3.

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The greatest discovery

Delta Goodrem was never even on the official Summerfest schedule, but his surprise opening night for the Backstreet Boys was superb. Blessed with a powerful voice, dazzling piano tracks and a daring backing band, the Australian pop artist has managed to create uplifting originals for a crowd that has probably never heard them as invigorating as her covers of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Shania” by Whitney Houston. “Twain’s man!” I feel like a woman!”

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Best Surprise Collab

It’s a rare privilege for Summerfest artists to join forces for a song (T-Pain and the Lonely Island, never forget), but Summerfest had a great one this year – in the middle of the post- noon on the last day, no less – when Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard joined Bob Mold for “Makes No Sense at All”. Obviously, as Mold’s bandmate Jason Narducy explained on Twitter, Mold showed Gibbard the song’s chords before he took the stage, and the Death Cab frontman learned the song during Mold’s set before. to show up at the end.

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Halestorm will headline the Generac Power Stage at Summerfest on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

The favorite performances of our authors

Damon Joy called Cordae and Lupe Fiasco “outstanding,” but he especially sang the praises of Boyz II Men, who performed Thursday at Uline Warehouse. “I was really surprised that the vocals were still there and playing their own instruments,” Joy said. “Doing Lenny Kravitz didn’t hurt either.”

Catherine Jozwik praised Friday’s BMO Harris Pavilion headliner Charli XCX, who was also a favorite of Lauren Keene this weekend.

“It was like being at a non-stop party,” Jozwik said. “His Gen Z audience was clearly having fun.”

Keene also loved the powerful hard rock of Halestorm, which headlined the Generac Power Stage on Thursday. “(Frontwoman Lzzy) Hale’s voice is second to none – a once-in-a-generation talent that has to be seen live to be believed,” Keene wrote in her review.

Roach also admired Geese, a post-punk band from Brooklyn who opened for Portugal. Thursday Man. “Their music was edgy and loud but catchy in a way that reminded me of early Radiohead, quite experimental for the Miller Oasis at night,” Roach said.

Erik Ernst was blown away by Cordae flyhalf Ric Wilson on Friday at Miller Lite Oasis, whose skills he said were on par with fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper.

And Jon M. Gilbertson’s favorite performer from Weekend 3 was fellow Wisconsin member Zola Jesus of Merrill.

“The woman otherwise known as Nika Roza Danilova suggested to Kate Bush – moody, atmospheric, potentially shy if scared – with the strut of a rock ‘n’ roll belt and R&B pipes” , wrote Gilbertson in his review.

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Milky Chance performs at Miller Lite Oasis at Summerfest on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

The most disappointing performances

Niko Moon, who played the UScellular Connection Stage on Thursday afternoon, is clearly a talented country songwriter, as illustrated by a medley of songs he helped write for Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley and Morgan Wallen. . But he smothers his originals (and at Summerfest, a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down”) with cookie-cutter hip-hop beats, a cheap ploy to stand out that could turn out to be of self-sabotage.

Keene was frustrated with Portugal. The Man played so many mundane covers at the Miller Lite Oasis on Thursday.

And while I gave Milky Chance’s Miller Lite Oasis a good review on Thursday, Roach was unimpressed. “I had to stand there, amazed the stage was packed so early on a Thursday for this band,” he said.

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Roughest voices

Some of the Big Gig’s biggest vocalists for 2022 performed the final weekend of the festival, including Boyz II Men, Zola Jesus, Goodrem and JoJo. Sadly, that wasn’t the case for Rod Stewart’s Mike Score and A Flock of Seagulls.

Both singers’ voices were often thin and strained throughout their sets — at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Thursday for Stewart and at the UScellular Connection Stage on Friday for Score. But Stewart, now 77, was an incredibly energetic performer with a flashy 11-piece band, and Score’s synth work was still splendid.

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Most Random Deja Vu

If you happened to be a fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 gem “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” song himself, John Fogerty, at the BMO Harris Pavilion.

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Best memories

During “Hot Legs,” Stewart did a great workout for his own legs, kicking soccer balls into the crowd, throwing them and heading them as well.

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The Backstreet Boys headline Summerfest's American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Friday, July 8, 2022.

The worst memories

AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson changed onstage at one point during the Backstreet Boys set (they were covered so people couldn’t see their “daddy bods”), with the guys throwing their underpants into the crowd and Richardson apologizing for their humidity.

Reviewers Erik Ernst, Jon M. Gilbertson, Damon Joy, Catherine Jozwik, Lauren Keene, and Cal Roach contributed to this report.

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