First off let me say that the sound system at the side stage sucked BIG TIME and really ruined most of the sets.
The Walkmen - Their one hit song sounded good.
Missing Persons - Unfortunately time has not been kind to Dale Bozio's voice. she could not hit the high notes, which are most of her songs. The drummer though was excellent. At first I thought it was her ex-husband Terry Bozio, but it was just some young kid who probably grew up on Missing Persons, because he knew the songs beat for beat.
Death Cab for Cutie - Also their one hit song sounded good.
A Flock of Seagulls - Damn the sound system. These guys deserved better, but the crowed loved them and they delivered. They ended with I Ran and we were all going crazy. They should have also played the main stage to make up for Morrissey.
Muse - Didn't get to see them because of Flock of Seagulls
X - Didn't get to see them because of Flock of Seagulls
Ian Brown of Stone Roses - Terrible, terrible, terrible. He was off key his whole set and might have been too drunk, also.
The Killers - I thought they were the best of the new bands. The lead singer has an incredible voice and was able to hit all the high notes. We'll see how he sounds in 10 years!
Tears for Fears - They sounded great, once their damn mikes were turned on.
Devo - Wow, what can I say. I had never seen them perform before and boy did I miss out. Even 20 years later, other than being a little older and heavier, these guys rocked. Their instrument playing was perfect and the vocals suffered little from the passage of time. They even had some of their vintage moves for the crowd. The best band of the night.
Franz Ferdinand - They crowd really seemed to like them. I thought they sounded too one dimensional.
Billy Idol - Most people think he stole the show and yes he looked great (6 pack abs and all) and Steve Stevens played a mean guitar. With the cancellation of Morrissey, he should have closed the show, not Siouxsie. Then people would have left on a high note.
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Probably more than 50% of the people left during the first couple of songs. It wasn't her fault, she sounded pretty good and the instruments were great. But she reworked her hit songs to a more international sound and most people were upset that Morrissey wasn't playing. She shouldn't have closed out the show, because she is a more artsy performer and people wanted a rocker to end the show (see Billy Idol above)
Morrissey (Strangely subdued)
Well Morrissey says that he will do a make up show for all of the 65,000 people that he stood up. We'll see how that turns out.
All in all this year was so much more disappointing than last years. The sound on the side stage was amateurish and there didn't seem to be as many bands this year as last year. But they did start the concert about an 1 1/2 earlier than last year. And it was cooler than last year.
Depending on next years lineup, I may or may not go. Also, depending if I'm stilL alive by then!