Coachella Day Two: Three Random Lessons Learned
|Matt Bellamy of Muse reaches out.|
We'll make this fast... just escaped the hellish Coachella parking lot. Phone's dead. Need to get feet surgically replaced with new ones.
But first, three lessons learned at day two of Coachella 2010...
|Alison Mosshart of the Dead Weather.|
Expectations matter less than you think. Take MGMT. They played during Coachella prime time--right before the headliner and on an outdoor stage--and they attracted a prime-time audience. The northwest quadrant of the polo field was nearly impossible to navigate during their set, so packed was the area with MGMT-watchers. But MGMT's been on a confounding-expectations kick, releasing the very not-easy-to-swallow Congratulations and an accompanying freaky single, "Flash Delirium." They opened with that single, which not many members of the audience seemed to recognized. Still, the masses swayed and bobbed, seemingly game to pull enjoyment out of the circus-keyboard psychedelia. Then, of course, "Time to Pretend" came on and the crowd's size swelled even more, with kids running from concession lines to join in the dance party. By the time MGMT finished, no one seemed to mind too much that they hadn't played "Kids." Why weren't people fussier? Might have something to do with the volume of the "WOOO" that went up when front man Andrew VanWyngarden asked, "How many of you are on drugs?"
|Mark Mothersbaugh has an uncontrollable urge.|