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Lollapalooza: Backstage With Silverchair and Interpol

August 5, 2007 8:40 AM ET

On Saturday, Rock Daily went backstage at Lollapalooza to check out the behind-the-scenes action. We caught up with Australian band Silverchair just as they were about to sit down to dinner in the artists' dining area (our chat was briefly disrupted by Ryan Cabrera, who asked for a photo with Silverchair singer Daniel Johns). Rock Daily next jumped on a golf cart and rode to the opposite end of Grant Park to see Interpol arrive for their headlining set in front of more than 40,000 eager fans. The night's end found us chatting with the artists' lounge bartender, who said she proudly served Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at the fest.

More Lollapalooza coverage is on the way! Check out updated show reports, photo galleries and video throughout the weekend on RollingStone.com.

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