Since its inception in 1994, Placebo has flirted with androgyny while producing its unique style of glam-rock. The group's most recent album "Meds" is a departure from that with a sound that is more in line with straight up rock. Their live show at Coachella was a good reflection of that even though elements of angst and anxiety still crept through. That in combination with flickering videoscreens with distorted animations of faces, random newspaper clippings and just noise made the show very compelling. The trio also performed their cover of Kate Bush' "Running Up That Hill" with an amazing guitar solo by Stefan Olsdal in the song's outro that was truly breathtaking.
Last night, Tiesto closed the day on the mainstage. This was the first
time in the history of the festival that a DJ gets this honor. I spent
time with Tiesto in his artist trailer right before his gig. Much more about
LCD Soundsystem (pictured above) played at the Sahara dance tent on Saturday night. It was odd to see the band play in front of hundreds of kids with glow
sticks. It just didn't fit.
I spotted many celebrities in the VIP area at Coachella including Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Adam Brody, CSI Las Vegas' Gary Dourdan and Tara Reid (who was stumbling and drunk).
Cameron Diaz had no luck when she was trying to find her way out of the VIP section. She walked right into the area where photogs were having dinner. Oops! A few of them tried to snap her picture, which she wasn't very happy about. Instead of continuing her pace, she stopped and tried to reason with them. You'd think she is used to it by now.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis sported a '70s porn stache. It looked good on him. I might have been totally mistaken but it sounded like The Peppers covered Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," which was slightly bizarre.
Rufus Wainwright looked dandy yesterday for his Coachella gig. It was lovely, but I wasn't feeling Wainwright's sophisticated sound in a festival environment. It doesn't do him justice.
Hot band to watch is !!! that is pronounced as chk-chk-chk. After raving about The Arcade Fire and Tokyo Police Club this is what the hipster kids are talking about. (And my new girl pal at EW agrees.)
I had very little sleep but I'm off to go see Mika and The Feeling open the last day of the event on the mainstage. Stay tuned.
And then there was Bjork. Iceland's innovative artist appeared on the headlining mainstage around 11 p.m. for her much-anticipated show. The field was packed with people curious to see what Bjork would come up with for this very special event. Even the photo pit right in front of the stage had five rows of photographers vying to get the best shot.
The set up of the stage was simple. A few "Volta" inspired flags and a colorful group of back up singers and musicians was all that filled the stage. No frills. Lasers were used to add to Bjork's magic.
The singer wasn't announced. She just sort of appeared much to the surprise of the audience. She wore an out of this world, colorful costume that is hard to describe. It is the Last Emperor meets Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in outerspace. Have a look at it and come up with your own description. She kicked off with the new single "Earth Intruders." The set continued with many old favorites, including "Army of Me," "Hyper-Ballad," "All Is Full of Love," "Pagan Poetry" and "Joga."
I have always been intrigued by Bjork more than I am a fan. Seeing her in concert is a fascinating experience. She is a freak of nature who doesn't really perform. Her show is more like a ritual with its tribal beats and her primal vocal style that sent chills down my spine.