Like The Killers the night before, Mumford & Sons’ inoffensive style is something many people can get behind. Their 2009 debut, Sigh No More, was a slow burn, but their 2012 follow-up, Babel, debuted at No. 1 and gained them an Album of the Year GRAMMY. Whether you like it or not, Mumford is the most commercially successful rock band in America at the moment. And their stage show reflects that.
The guys play all the hits, from “I Will Wait” to “Little Lion Man” to “Roll Away Your Stone.” All of this was done in front of a panel of lights that though not as sophisticated as Nine Inch Nails’ the night before, look like they’re tailor-made for an arena show. The band also threw in a few ballads like “Lover’s Eyes” before tackling a very quiet version of Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 song “I’m On Fire” that had the guys surrounding one mic.
Before the band was even done with their set, they were asking to be invited back. Ben Lovett let the bigwigs at Lollapalooza know they were more than willing to play again anytime.
“Also, Ted’s alive,” Mumford interrupted as the camera panned to the bassist, Ted Dwane, who seemed to get a kick out of the comment. This was only the band’s second show since Dwane underwent surgery for a brain clot. The band was forced to cancel its headlining slot at Bonnaroo back in June because of the surgery, so it seems as though the fans were especially enthusiastic about Dwane’s swift recovery, even if most of them couldn’t actually see the stage.
With their encore of “The Cave,” which turned the show into a hoedown of sorts, we’re pretty sure Lolla is going to take them up on their offer for a return appearance.