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June 9th, 2008

Newport SEO Heats Up at Coachella

Roger Waters PigThe only event in socal where the number of bands exceed the temperature. And that’s saying a lot being that Coachella is located in Indio (near Palm Springs). Over 130 bands packed into a three day weekend of eclectic festivities: punk, funk, rock n roll and techno attracted over 60,000 people each day. We’re not just talking a bunch of sweaty weirdoes out in the middle of the California desert. The audience included Hollywood perennials the likes of Steven Tyler, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and Melanie Griffith who were seen mingling with the regular folks. It’s one of the hottest events of the year (no pun intended) as every year seems to hold at least one sold out date. This year’s sell out performance? Prince!

I have to tell you, I’m not particularly a huge Prince fan, but this guy knows how to put on a live show. His guitar playing was phenomenal, he lit up the stage in Hendrixesque fashion, rock star jumpsuit and all. His band members are almost as equally incredible. Shelia E is by far the most amazing female drummer I’ve ever witnessed.

We missed Friday altogether which included a huge list of groups we were sad to miss such as Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, Serj Tankian, Aesop Rock, Goldfrapp, Pendulum and Fatboy Slim. Other favorites we actually got to see where Sasha & John Digweed, Kraftwerk, Gogol Bordello, Danny Tenaglia, Deadmau5 (pronounced dead mouse), Chromeo, Justice, A-trak and Roger Waters. Waters delivered an exceptional performance worth noting. His voice sounded exactly like his Pink Floyd albums. In my opinion he’s one of the greatest rock n roll musicians alive, with the accolades to prove it. Although I thought it could have gone without the political stamp on its belly, his giant two story floating pig reminiscent of ‘when pigs fly’ was something to gawk at. Some couple that lives nearby apparently received $10k+ 4 all access passes for life to Coachella for returning the pig after it was released into the sky by some over enthusiastic fans at the end of Roger’s first set.

I was there last year to see Rage Against the Machine’s first performance in 6 years, and we’ll be there next year. Regardless of who makes it to next year’s lineup, it’s guaranteed to be worth the drive and sitting in the heat that the California desert serves up so well.