The only folk that I was generally interested in seeing was Mos Def and possibly Girl Talk...but even at that....eh.
Anyways as things had it, in the Austin way of things, I happened upon a ticket thanks to my bro's networking with Pearl Jam's lighting guy..so I halfheartedly prepared for the muddy descent into Zilker park late in the afternoon. It didnt take long to realize what I had gotten myself into..totally unprepared , unhydrated, and ready to get rocked.
There is something to be said for the raw sound of numerous mainlined cabinets wrestling out crunching distortion and whining highs powered by Marshall heads,... the bitter scent of the mud, sweat, and funk of three days of humid, rained on, hippy festival goers....the unsure footing of each and every step and stance...and yes even the annoying chatter of clueless out of towners.
Highlights included Eddie Vedder running off stage to slide through the muddy pit; as he had previpously promised to not leave the stage without being covered in mud. Surprise guests joining Pearl Jam included Ben Harper and Perry Farell. Dead Weather was also an amazing act that included The White Stripes' Jack White..awesome set.