April 27th, 2008
10:54 PM ET
Coachella diary, day 2
On Saturday, 47 acts took the stage for Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California - but the one name that seemed to be on everyone's lips was Prince. His announcement two weeks ago as the evening's headliner surprised many who thought the '80s pop superstar was an odd fit at this mecca of indie rock.
But at Coachella, anything goes. Two years ago, Madonna played a dance set in the DJ tent.
When Prince finally hit the main stage shortly after 11 p.m., he played for nearly two hours in an all-star Vegas-style revue that showcased his 25-year career. The Time's Morris Day and Jerome Benton added their signature dance moves to "Jungle Love," and Sheila E pounded the skins for "Glamorous Life."
Thirtysomething fans sang along at the top of their lungs, while a number of twentysomethings looked on, a bit bewildered.
The diminutive Rock and Roll Hall of Famer finally connected with all ages of the alt-rock audience when he unveiled an impassioned cover of Radiohead's 1993 single, "Creep" - complete with a blistering guitar solo that channeled Jimi Hendrix. Prince's rendition of the Beatles' "Come Together" was also a crowd-pleaser.
Then there were his selections form his own vast songbook. "1999," "Little Red Corvette, "Cream," "U Got the Look" and "7" all made the Coachella set list. Prince waited until the first encore to bust out a majestic arrangement of "Purple Rain," and when he finally concluded his set at 1 a.m. with "Let's Go Crazy," the jubilant crowd did just that.
On Sunday, Roger Waters revisits "Dark Side of the Moon" to close out Coachella 2008.
- Denise Quan, CNN Entertainment Producer
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