Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You can drive all night, looking for the answers in the pouring rain

Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2

When the set times were released, I wasn't too happy that one of my must-see bands were on the Main Stage right at the hottest time of day.  I couldn't get there early enough to grab a close spot because like I said, of the heat.  After making plans to reunite, my buddies went to see Temples, and I went to find a spot for Cage the Elephant.  It's weird.  Cage the Elephant is one of my all time favorite bands.  I liked them a lot since the first album mainly because of the front man's energy.  I love that crazy energy on stage.  Plus, I really love every song on every album.  So good.  Well, the weird thing is I had never seen them live.  I guess the timing never worked out, or maybe, if I like a band too much, I want to keep some kind of mystery by not seeing them live?  I don't know, but there's a couple of bands I love that I still haven't seen live.  So this was my first time seeing them.  I guess I should've seen them earlier because I missed out on a live version of "Japanese Buffalo".  I watched the webcast of years ago when he wore that dress I thought it was so punk and only he could pull it off so well.  I don't think Matt was as crazy this week, probably to not repeat what he did the week before, but he did grab a pineapple from the audience and bit chunks out of it.  Yeah, the skin and all.  He didn't climb anything but there were plenty of crowd surfing action.  Cool front guy antics aside, the set was so solid and made me happy.  I don't know why but I started feeling sad all of a sudden, because the lyrics are pretty emotional and sad.  When he sang "Shake Me Down', I choked up and my eyes filled with tears. I've been going through a lot the past year.  Usually, the joy of being at a show will kill any sad emotion no matter how sad a song is.  Thank goodness I had sunglasses on because I started crying during "even on a cloudy day".  Also, "Cigarette Daydreams" got me all emotional, too.  That's where this band is right now, though.  And I guess it was a perfect time to see them.  More emotional and solid, instead of angsty (which I love anyways).  I drank lots of water but the heat was already getting to me.  I had to walk now all the way to the Mojave Tent for Julian Casablancas.

I ended up leaning against the barricade of the guest section.  This was actually fun for me because I got to see all the guests walking in to see Julian Casablancas and the Voidz and boy, did they all turn out.  I only get star struck with people I'm an actual fan of.  Most others, I didn't even recognize.  But I was excited to see Drowners, members of Cage the Elephant, Alessandra Ambrosio (my fave model since the late '90s), and also Matt Bellamy from Muse!  At the end, I was able to flag down Matt and say hi.  He was super nice.

After that, we had to go eat.  I was in line for the Kogi Truck, and I saw Stephen Yeun from The Walking Dead.  Also, right after that, something crazy happened which is probably the highlight of this year's Coachella.  So by this time, I was so out of it and overwhelmed, and my food took forever, so I was a song late to MGMT's set.  There was no way I could make my way in.  It was way too crowded, MGMT had a really big turn out.  But I love them.  I love their second album the most.  They sang songs they didn't sing during weekend one.  They closed with "Congratulations" which got me teary-eyed again.  I was emotional on day two.

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz


Queens of the Stone Age

Muse (no photos!  couldn't take good pictures at night, and so far away!)

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