ACL Stage Banter: The Weekend's Funniest and Most Interesting On-Stage Quotes
And the award for ACL 2011's best stage banter goes to Kanye West.
Now that Austin City Limits Music Festival is in the rear view mirror, all we have are the memories. That is, unless you spent the weekend drunk and high, in which case you might not even remember who performed, let alone what they said between the songs.
Lucky for you, we here at DC9 kept a running list of the choicest on-stage banter at the festival. Not surprisingly, a lot of it had to do with the weather. The Walkmen riffed on the heat and Elbow claimed to have brought the rain with them from Manchester.
It wasn't all lighthearted small talk or offhanded jokes, though. Kanye parodied himself, and a small handful of bands got political. Hit the jump to read the entire list.
"Pardon my little friend, feedback, for butting in on our conversation."
"I feel schizophrenic with all this music going arooouund." (Music from at least three other stages could be heard during Vile's set.)
"We just got back from Europe, spent two days at home and now we're here. It's more weird here."
Antler #1: "Drink plenty of water, it's good for you." Antler #2: "Drink beer, it's better."
Daniel Lanois' Black Dub
"I'm glad the gods of hurricanes are still with us for a minute." (Lanois, in reference to the pending downpour during his day two set.)
"Y'all wanna hear a song we don't know, then we'll fuck up? Good!"
"Can y'all hear the bass? Not enough, right? Can we turn it up? Sorry, it's the last song and it should be great."
My Morning Jacket
"God damn you guys make me feel like flying! You guys make me feel like I can just fly off the stage off into all those lights."
"I hope you guys have fun. I hope all your dreams come true."
Young The Giant
"One fedora per crew, that's the rule."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
"We here at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. believe that singing and dancing are at the core of human expression."
"We just drove in from Tulsa last night. That place is not close."
"It's getting hot out, huh? Does everyone have sufficient amounts of coconut water or Vita Coco?"
"If I'd known it was going to be this hot out here I'd have worn my shorty shorts."
"I swear on my mother's eternal soul, I will not run away if it rains, Elbow." (Guy Garvey making the crowd promise to stay even if it rained, which it did.)
"Go ahead and touch the person in front of you. Doesn't matter if you don't know them. Lawsuit."
"My fat English skin is porous." (In reference to the heat.)
"You'll never see somebody with so many hits on one stage, in one night!"
"I got more hits than everybody, that's all I'm gonna say."
"Rest in peace to the Black Eyed Peas. You'll be missed."
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