5. People will still love you even if you don’t play your hit.
MGMT surprised everyone by omitting their calling card, “Kids,” from their set. But no matter: People were stoked to hear “Song for Dan Treacy” and “It’s Working” from their psychedelic (but polarizing) new album Congratulations. They did play “Electric Feel,” though, and all the headband-clad ladies and gents happily shouted along on the chorus. We all love to hear what we know.
4. Muse is more popular than Jay-Z.
I watched Muse’s fantastically over-the-top headlining show from the safety of the VIP section. I didn’t want to: I wanted to be out in the field in front of the mainstage with all the real fans, but just looking at the sea of people almost gave me a panic attack. I think all 85,000 attendants were singing along to “Uprising.” Incredible. Matt Bellamy might very well be the best frontman in rock right now: He’s hot, he can play his guitar over his head and behind his back, he can wail like Jeff Buckley, and he can pull off wearing Kanye’s shutter shades without looking stupid. Kudos.