The Polyphonic Spree cover Nirvana at Lollapalooza

They also bring on Chicago tap dancers

The Polyphonic Spree cover Nirvana at Lollapalooza
The Polyphonic Spree brought tap dancers and a rousing Nirvana cover to Lollapalooza today (August 3), kicking off the three-day Chicago festival.

Decked out in black combat gear, the 20-strong band took the stage with trumpets blasting, and proceeded to run through several tracks from their latest album 'The Fragile Army' as well as old favourites.

Despite the sweltering heat, the band exhibited tremendous energy during their hour-long set, dancing, jumping around on stage and occasionally running out into the crowd.

Meanwhile, the huge audience got into the act, pumping their fists in the air, tossing beach balls around and blowing bubbles.

Toward the end of the set, frontman Tim DeLaughter introduced members of the Chicago Tap Theatre, who danced along to 'The Championship'.

Just when the band seemed to be wrapping things up, they reappeared in their trademark white robes for a three-song encore, which included a rousing rendition of Nirvana's 'Lithium' made large by a female choir and mini-orchestra.

"This song deserves to go everywhere so please sing it out loud," DeLaughter told the crowd.

Before taking the stage, DeLaughter told NME.COM, "Our band is really conducive to playing festivals. We flourish under the sun and in this environment everyone's in such a good mood."

He added: "We were supposed to play (Lollapalooza) a couple of years ago but it got cancelled so this is a redemption for us."

The Polyphonic Spree played:

'American Dream'
'Running Away'
Hanging Around'
'Get Up And Go'
It's The Sun'
'La La'
'Middle Of The Day
'Watch Us Explode (Justify)'
'Mental Cab'
'The Championship'
'Together We're Heavy'

NME.COM will continue to bring you all the action from Lollapalooza throughout the weekend.

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