"This is the most important show to me since my mom passed," Kanye West revealed, as a hush fell over the capacity crowd on closing night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
In the middle of a powerful hits-filled set that also featured cuts off his current album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the 33-year-old hip-hop superstar suddenly had a confessional moment.
"When I made the album, I was in a really dark place in my life...losing everything that was dear to me," he told the audience from center stage. "To still love me after everything you've seen me say on TV...to still have fans...I really appreciate you all tonight, because I'm only trying to say and do what's right."
A cheer rose from the floor of the polo field as Arcade Fire took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - the sound of conquering heroes returning to an event that helped launch them.
"Coachella is really the first festival we ever played, so it has a special place in our heart, and we don't take it for granted," frontman Win Butler told the audience Saturday night.
The Montreal-based indie rock band made their Coachella debut in 2005, just after the release of their acclaimed freshman CD, "Funeral." In 2011, they return as winners of this year's top Grammy prize - "Album of the Year" - for their third disc, "The Suburbs." It's the ultimate indie success story.
There was a train wreck at Coachella, and its name was Sly Stone.
While the better part of 75,000 festival-goers were at the main stage watching Gorillaz pull off an amazing combination of live performance and animation, 300 fans of Stone waited in a nearly empty tent across the property. And waited.
Earlier in the evening, the reclusive legend was a no-show for his 7 p.m. set. At 7:05 p.m., a man came out and announced, "Sly Stone's performance has been postponed 'til a little bit later.'" A few in the crowd snickered. This would not be the first time Sly bailed on a gig. "No, no, no," the man continued. "He's gonna funk this place out!" FULL POST
I'm not trying to sound pretentious or "Hollywood" at all, but celebrities sightings don't really phase me. I just don't get starstruck. Maybe I'm immune because of all the "star-studded" events I've covered for work, but I just feel bad for celebrities when paparazzi are encroaching on their space.
We've heard this over and over again, but hey - celebrities are people, too.
But Friday evening, I crossed over to the dark side and became a "pap" myself. As Katy Perry put it in the chorus of her hit song, "I Kissed A Girl" and "I liked it." The location was Coachella's V.I.P. area, and the star was - wait for it - Katy Perry. FULL POST
People are willing to forgive a lot of blunders in the business of music festivals if they walk away from the event with a warm fuzzy. At Coachella, people are still up in the air about whether the line-up can overcome frustrations like a two-plus hour wait in the hot sun on the first day to pickup tickets, the nightmarish parking lots at the end of the night, the all or nothing ticketing and the 15,000 additional tickets sold this year.
Day 2 of Coachella has now passed and some valuable lessons have been learned.Find another way to the venue, pay a nice neighbor $20 to park in their yard and avoid the free festivalparking unless you want to be there until 3am. That $20 will be the best money you spend if you plan to drive to the event.
Saturday's lineup had a little something for everyone, even though some acts had to cancel due to the flight disruptions in Europe caused by volcanic ash. Hitting the many stages on the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, The Raveonettes, the body thumping bass of Bassnectar, Hot Chip, MGMT, Dead Weather, Faith No More (remember the lurching goldfish flopping for air in their music video) Muse, Tiesto and David Guetta. FULL POST
A ferris wheel! A VIP Rose Garden! 15,000 more concertgoers per day!
The 11th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may be bigger than ever, but the jury's still out on whether it's better. On Friday -
Day 1 of the three day event - ticketholders had to wait on line for an average of one to three hours just to enter the premises. Once inside, they joined 75,000 other music lovers in fighting their way across the crowded grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California - only to stumble upon actor Danny DeVito shaking his groove thing to deadmau5 in the dance tent. FULL POST
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