April 14th, 2012
09:15 PM ET
Menacing storm clouds loomed overhead as doors opened for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but in the end, the desert gods were kind to concertgoers at the start of the three day event in Indio, California.
Light sprinkles fell steadily Friday afternoon during sets for James, Neon Indian and Arctic Monkeys. Around 9 pm, the skies finally opened up for a five-minute downpour that ended in time for The Black Keys' headlining slot.
"We've played shows in some pretty awful weather, so this wouldn't be the first time for us," drummer Patrick Carney told CNN, settling into a couch in his trailer moments before the celebrated duo heated up an uncharacteristically cold, damp night with their signature blues-rock. Their two biggest radio hits, "Tighten Up" and "Lonely Boy," had the crowd dancing on the wet grass of the Empire Polo Club. FULL POST
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