Kanye West, NIN close Lollapalooza fest in Chicago

Mon Aug 4, 2008 2:26am EDT
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By Ros Krasny

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hip-hop superstar Kanye West and industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails on Sunday put exclamation points on a successful Lollapalooza music festival on Chicago's lakefront.

The acts headlined the final night of the three-day celebration, billed as the nation's largest alternative music festival.

Sell-out crowds of 75,000 packed Chicago's sunny Grant Park each day, with fans at times sprinting between eight stages stretching over a mile to catch up with their favorites.

British art-rock superstars Radiohead had prime time all to themselves on Friday, but festival-goers faced some hard choices on the other two nights.

On Sunday, multiple Grammy winner West, the charismatic native son of Chicago, went up against NIN and the intense Trent Reznor, for 20 years the band's creative force.

Clad in white jacket and oversized eyewear, West played an energetic 90-minute set that featured crowdstoppers "Homecoming," "Touch the Sky" and "Jesus Walks."

Across the park, Reznor, in black from head to toe and drenched in sweat, electrified the crowed with the weekend's best light show and music ranging from contemplative to dissonant and angry.

On Saturday, Los Angeles rap-metal masters Rage Against the Machine delivered a muscular, anarchistic performance that raised the festival's energy -- and danger -- level.   Continued...

<p>Recording artist Kanye West attends the premiere of the film "Pineapple Express" in Los Angeles July 31, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>