Celebrities were out to play at Night Two of Coachella. Justin Bieber’s presidential-like arrival shut down artist parking forcing dozens of cars to be diverted. One such displaced car was driven by David Hasselhoff, back for a second night. Hasselhoff, who arrived in his Knight Rider Trans-Am, was forced to park in the general parking and huff it half a mile.
Wearing a hat with his hands in his pockets feigning mystery, Dexter actor Colin Hanks watched London neo-folk singer Laura Marling for a couple of songs. Joe Manganiello who plays the hot Werewolf on True Blood was sitting in the VIP area joking with his friends. Lea Michelle and Cory Monteith ordered organic flatbread, putting her dinner under the false name of Lola. When a fan questioned her, Michelle made a comment about her false name being “Lola Magnolia.”
Rumors have been floating around that Michelle and Monteith are back together. Although there wasn’t explicit proof, the couple was very hands on–Monteith even smacked Michelle on the behind lovingly.
Five feet away, a faux-fur clad Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame was sitting in a circle on the grass with her friends. Spotted by many was R&B pop crooner and Justin Bieber mentor, Usher. The best sighting of the night was a half-naked Paris Hilton and boyfriend Afrojack at David Guetta, each above the crowd on the shoulders of bodyguards.
Hilton waved a strobe lit rainbow glowstick while he video-taped the audience with his iPhone. Steps away stood Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz.
French internationally-iconic DJ, Guetta played a new song and as it faded, Guetta asked the audience, “Do you guys like it?” After a mighty roar of applause, Guetta said, “Since you like it so much I’m going to name it ‘Coachella’ when I release it!”
He asked everyone to take their phones out and said, “We’re now in rave mode.” And then he had them drop the lights to complete darkness and segued into Chemical Brothers’ “Block Rocking Beats” punctuated with an “I’m David Guetta Bitch” sample. When the crowd was in a fever pitch, he launched into a version of the AVICII-produced “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
In a much more mellow state of affairs,the Shins played their first-ever Coachella date on the coveted Main Stage. “This is the first time we’ve played Coachella,” said Mercer. “It’s pretty cool. I think I believe the hype. The band played songs like “Simple Song, “Bait and Switch,” “Rifle Spiral,” and “Saint Simon,” which frontman James Mercer announced the Watson Twins helped them on. They also covered Pink Floyd’s “Breathe.”
The Canadian singer-songwriter, Feist played “How Come You Never Go There,” “Graveyard,” and “The Circle Married The Line” with a full orchestra and three background singers. With a coy smile, she teased the audience, “Ok, that was a good start,” said Feist. “I think were off to a good start. I accept you as an audience. Do you accept us as a musical performance group? Ok, that’s good. We’ll work out just fine.”
In the great modern conflict between electronic sounds and rock ‘n roll, two tents next to each other boasted completely different crowds. Experimental multi-genre music producer and DJ, Flying Lotus, brought his decks, some remixes of Christopher Cross’ “Sailing” and Radiohead, and his bottle of Jameson onto the stage and played to a packed audience and one giant inflatable alligator.
Right next door was British band Kasabian who, at one point, told the “crowd to hold on to their dicks.” The band was on fire, unfortunately, much of the crowd fled to watch Flying Lotus and Guetta.
Radiohead took the main stage to an overcapacity crowd. Fans a quarter mile back were treated to visuals provided by 6′ square LED screens looming above the band’s heads like broken pieces of a mirror. As the show’s mood changed, the pieces shifted positions to reflect different images.
Their set began with “Bloom,” from their King of Limbs album. For a band with few radio hits, the crowd surprisingly knew the words to every song, including non-album tracks like “Staircase” and “The Daily Mail.”
Thom Yorke was far more vocal than usual, interacting with the crowd, eliciting a joyful crowd response with each breath.
Yorke gave a special dedication before “Karma Police” saying, “You know when you meet those people and they just talk to you cause they want something from you don’t really know who you are, don’t really care who you are, they just want something, working you over. You have to take a cold shower afterwards, you know who I’m talking about. Well, this is for them.”
After closing with “Paranoid Android” Yorke bowed to the crowd and walked confidently off stage. They’d just enchanted thousands for two hours. Their work was done for the night.