Day two of the festival is all about navigation. Usually Saturday attracts every millennial in a 1000 mile radius due to the young crowd friendly lineup and you have to fight your way thru the selfie sticks and bro-fests to get from set to set.,
This year worked out a little differently because the lineup was fairly friendly to both sides of the Coachella attendees, music lovers and millennials. Legendary British punk band The Damned and 80’s metal personified Guns N’ Roses headlined the stages as well as electronica Wunderkinds Zedd and Disclosure got the crowd’s moving.
I would have photos of Zedd, but I was too busy dancing my nerdling tail off (see what I did there?)
Ice Cube somehow falls in the middle of the two groups. Those of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s raged against the Man with NWA and later with Cube in his solo career. He still has hit after hit with the younger crowd today who, thanks to a certain bio pic, are getting to know his big hit before. Cube’s set consisted of plenty of old and new hits with plenty of guests like his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Snoop, DJ Ren, and DJ Yella.
Getting to the big story of the night, let’s talk about Guns N’ Roses. There was a lot of starting and stopping of the intro sound effects before the group opened with ” It’s so Easy.” Overall the band sounded good. I’ve seen Slash many times before, sitting in with other groups just killing it on the guitar. I knew he was going to be amazing. For me, it was all about how would Axel do? Axel was stranded in a chair due to a broken foot, so no Axle dance, but he sounded pretty good. It had to be hard trying to hit those notes from the diagram sitting down. I was in choir for year upon years, I know how hard it is to sing sitting down. Axel was a trooper about it. I hate to admit it, but I left early. I got to hear “You could be Mine,” but then I was gone afterwards. My feet were in agony after dancing during Zedd. I missed “November Rain” and “Sweet Child of Mine,” which were huge favorites of mine growing up. Overall those who wanted to see the group return to form were satisfied by seeing them play the hits, those who wanted to see the train wreck was satisfied due to the lack luster performance from the lead singer.
Sunday will have all the millenials in a craze with Calvin Harris and Sia take center stage of the night. Will Taylor Swift make an appearance to support her man? Although she has been sighted rocking front row with her friend at Chvrches earlier in the evening. I doubt it because she will not be the main focus, but Harris will manage some big name guests without her