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theaenimatool
04-10-2008, 11:44 PM
Ok, so like many others, I was very disappointed by the initial lineup. After going year after year, and having seen so many of my favorite bands (including, i must say, getting to see RATM again, a thing I never EVER thought possible), I thought, wow. They could have done much better. I mean look at Sasquatch.

But before I go on about what happened tonight, I have to say how important Coachella is in my life. Going out to indio each April to share INCREDIBLE music in the most beautiful venue known to man with so many awesome people is much like a religious pilgrimage for me. I feel like I am at the mother land. I can, without a doubt, say that Coachella is always the best weekend of the year for me, and I look forward to it 362 days of the year.

Last year, it meant so much more. I dated this girl for 4 years and it was pretty serious, but at the end of 2006 we broke up because she, for reasons unknown, decided to start messing around with hard drugs. We had both been clean the entire 4 years, and her behavior made her seem like a different person. It was surreal. Anyway, 2 weeks before Coachella 2007, i got a phone call from one of her friends saying she had died. We had only broke up 7 months before, and the relationship was still very fresh in my mind. I was devastated. My world collapsed. All I had to take me out of this dark dark hole of anger and confusion and sadness, was going to Coachella with one of my friends.

For 3 days, everything seemed ok. Coachella made me appreciate life, and alll the beauty and music that surrounded me.

So this year, I was really upset about not going. I bought tix to Outside Lands which will be amazing, but I still wanted something more. Then they started announcing bands. Aphex Twin!!!!!!, Serj, FUCKING PRINCE. And I took another glance at the rest of the lineup. SOLID. SOOOO MANY GREAT BANDS. The little bands are so well put together this year, I cant believe it.

So tomorrow, even though no one I know can afford to go with me, I am going to buy my tickets, and share the greatest music festival in the world with all you people.

I CANT WAIT.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO MEET UP, GRAB A BITE TO EAT, OR WATCH A BAND. MY MISSION IS TO MEET PEOPLE.

If you took the time to read this, I appreciate it. Thank You.

scaliwag
04-10-2008, 11:52 PM
the story is a touching one...a good story...but i still must point out: You should have never doubted coachella, outland has nothing on coach (even before the prince add, NOTHING!), and sasquatch isnt even the same bloodline as coachella...like soeone said before..sasquatch is coachella's training wheels...

scaliwag
04-10-2008, 11:52 PM
but yes, enjoy yourslef!

amyzzz
04-11-2008, 06:05 AM
check out the camping all alone club thread in camping/lodging.

frozen pilgrim
04-11-2008, 06:09 AM
dude-
cool story. coachella really truly is a life changing experience.
won't elaborate here, but I can relate :)

Trudeau
04-11-2008, 10:12 AM
dude-
cool story. coachella really truly is a life changing experience.
won't elaborate here, but I can relate :)

Ditto. A bunch of experiences last year really had a lasting effect on me.

Anyway, I'm down for having a beer with anyone anytime. Send me a PM son.

Cammo
04-11-2008, 10:16 AM
Wow, sorry for your loss brotha. Glad you get to go again!

Senor Cardgage
04-11-2008, 10:47 AM
PM me dude, Ill buy you a churro and a lemon ice.

fiopadp7791
04-11-2008, 11:43 AM
I can vouch that you don't realize how much you miss this 'fest until you don't go. And I only have a 1-year sampling to speak of. I've told this story in a few other threads, but I'm just a redundant mo-fo like that...

I went in '06 for the first time. I had a blast. I met a lot of cool people camping, most of the acts I saw lived up to the hype, and i discovered some great new acts that blew my mind! The overall experience was just awesome!

Fast forward to 2007- I lost my job in late '06, was kinda broke, the tickets were sold out, and I literally started a new job (the same one I have now) the day after the fest ended. Monday morning in Minneapolis, MN. So for financial, logistical and practical purposes, I couldn't and didn't go. BUT! I STILL SHOULDA FOUND A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! And I've regretted it for the last year...

So I vowed I was going back this year no matter who was on the lineup. And I bought tickets, eventhough I was underwhelmed when the lineup came out. Eventhough the lineup wasn't the most appealing, I just know I'm still gonna have a good time. That and I've warmed to the lineup too by sampling some artists and the great additions since.

Anyway, I'm very sorry. I've kinda jacked your thread, but you've made the right choice to come. I'm literally gonna kiss the grass when I enter the concert-grounds. Have a good time, and I'm camping alone too, so if you wanna grab a beer, hit me up.

CalmerThanYou
04-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Daft Punk changed my life forever.

vxgasattack
04-11-2008, 05:20 PM
...Going out to indio each April to share INCREDIBLE music in the most beautiful venue known to man with so many awesome people is much like a religious pilgrimage for me...

I soooo feel the same way. :)

greghead
04-11-2008, 06:45 PM
I know exactly how you feel, amigo, I have had a similar experience.

Back in 2006 one of my friends died in a car accident just two months before Coachella. We were supposed to go together, Tool was his favorite band. We had gone to the same schools from elementary all the way through college. When Eric died I was absolutely numb for two months, and had absolutely no desire to go to Coachella, but my friends convinced me to go anyway. As soon as Tool came on, all of the feelings and emotions I had locked away came rushing back and tears started streaming down my face as I thought about my friend and how happy he would be if only he were there with me. Seeing Tool at Coachella allowed me to come to terms with his passing and put my own life into perspective.

Going to Coachella in 2006 literally changed my outlook on life, and inspired me to keep moving forward while preserving and honoring Eric's memory. Coachella is like my birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's all rolled into one; I look forward to it all year. I have been going since 2004, and will continue to attend as long as I have air in my lungs. Coachella has had such a profound effect on my life that I would not trade the experiences I have had for anything. Coachellans are the best people on the planet, they are like family to me, and Coachella is my home.

algunz
04-11-2008, 07:02 PM
I can't wait to go home.

Gyrus
04-11-2008, 07:08 PM
Thats huge man, I think a lot of people (myself included) can relate to that story. I came up from Australia last year for my first one and it was amazing, this year I'm bringing about 10 people along and meeting up with friends from last year. It really is like nothing else in the world, the naysayers can suck my scrotum.
Once I get my mobile sorted when I get there I'll send you my number and I will gladly buy you a beer :)

gaypalmsprings
04-11-2008, 07:10 PM
Ok, so like many others, I was very disappointed by the initial lineup. After going year after year, and having seen so many of my favorite bands (including, i must say, getting to see RATM again, a thing I never EVER thought possible), I thought, wow. They could have done much better. I mean look at Sasquatch.

But before I go on about what happened tonight, I have to say how important Coachella is in my life. Going out to indio each April to share INCREDIBLE music in the most beautiful venue known to man with so many awesome people is much like a religious pilgrimage for me. I feel like I am at the mother land. I can, without a doubt, say that Coachella is always the best weekend of the year for me, and I look forward to it 362 days of the year.

Last year, it meant so much more. I dated this girl for 4 years and it was pretty serious, but at the end of 2006 we broke up because she, for reasons unknown, decided to start messing around with hard drugs. We had both been clean the entire 4 years, and her behavior made her seem like a different person. It was surreal. Anyway, 2 weeks before Coachella 2007, i got a phone call from one of her friends saying she had died. We had only broke up 7 months before, and the relationship was still very fresh in my mind. I was devastated. My world collapsed. All I had to take me out of this dark dark hole of anger and confusion and sadness, was going to Coachella with one of my friends.

For 3 days, everything seemed ok. Coachella made me appreciate life, and alll the beauty and music that surrounded me.

So this year, I was really upset about not going. I bought tix to Outside Lands which will be amazing, but I still wanted something more. Then they started announcing bands. Aphex Twin!!!!!!, Serj, FUCKING PRINCE. And I took another glance at the rest of the lineup. SOLID. SOOOO MANY GREAT BANDS. The little bands are so well put together this year, I cant believe it.

So tomorrow, even though no one I know can afford to go with me, I am going to buy my tickets, and share the greatest music festival in the world with all you people.

I CANT WAIT.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO MEET UP, GRAB A BITE TO EAT, OR WATCH A BAND. MY MISSION IS TO MEET PEOPLE.

If you took the time to read this, I appreciate it. Thank You.

You should send this in to Reader's Digest. Heart-touching.

Sci-Fi
04-12-2008, 01:40 PM
Daft Punk changed my life forever.


Mee too!

Sonicifyouwantit
04-12-2008, 02:47 PM
yes coachella is like a musical mecca for me, I make my yearly pilgrimage each year since 2002! Daft too made a huge impression on me, I was a fan since homework in 1997 even saw them spin back then too. When they played I though ok they will be doing a dj set but with robot helmets on...as we all know it was SO much more.

glad you are making the trek back to the polo fields!

GYRUS: how did you get 10 people to go with you from Australia?? I cant get more than one to go from Los Angeles...see you at the preparty?

kortnee
04-12-2008, 03:15 PM
let's be friends!

Gyrus
04-13-2008, 03:37 PM
yes coachella is like a musical mecca for me, I make my yearly pilgrimage each year since 2002! Daft too made a huge impression on me, I was a fan since homework in 1997 even saw them spin back then too. When they played I though ok they will be doing a dj set but with robot helmets on...as we all know it was SO much more.

glad you are making the trek back to the polo fields!

GYRUS: how did you get 10 people to go with you from Australia?? I cant get more than one to go from Los Angeles...see you at the preparty?

lol, I'm a salesman what can I say...
haha, well, myself and best mate are flying out from brizzy, my girlfriend is flying over from london to meet me, I have a friend I used to work with in Sydney who's doing a ski season in canada coming down with 3 of her friends.
My brother is flying in from Philly and I have a friend who's moved back to vancouver coming down with 3 of her friends. So grand total..... 12 hahaha. Certainly will, got the email from them yesterday and RSVP'd for us. I'll PM ya my mobile number when I get over there on Friday and get my shit sorted.

BROKENDOLL
04-13-2008, 03:53 PM
lol, I'm a salesman what can I say...
haha, well, myself and best mate are flying out from brizzy, my girlfriend is flying over from london to meet me, I have a friend I used to work with in Sydney who's doing a ski season in canada coming down with 3 of her friends.
My brother is flying in from Philly and I have a friend who's moved back to vancouver coming down with 3 of her friends. So grand total..... 12 hahaha. Certainly will, got the email from them yesterday and RSVP'd for us. I'll PM ya my mobile number when I get over there on Friday and get my shit sorted. COACHELLA...Like one big family reunion!

Amneeziac
04-13-2008, 04:02 PM
great story. mine can be summed up as "coachella > prozac."

Gyrus
04-13-2008, 04:42 PM
COACHELLA...Like one big family reunion!

More like one big dysfunctional family reunion lol. hahahah yup something like that'll do juuuuuuuuust fine.

BlackSteve0
04-14-2008, 12:31 AM
Ok, so like many others, I was very disappointed by the initial lineup. After going year after year, and having seen so many of my favorite bands (including, i must say, getting to see RATM again, a thing I never EVER thought possible), I thought, wow. They could have done much better. I mean look at Sasquatch.

But before I go on about what happened tonight, I have to say how important Coachella is in my life. Going out to indio each April to share INCREDIBLE music in the most beautiful venue known to man with so many awesome people is much like a religious pilgrimage for me. I feel like I am at the mother land. I can, without a doubt, say that Coachella is always the best weekend of the year for me, and I look forward to it 362 days of the year.

Last year, it meant so much more. I dated this girl for 4 years and it was pretty serious, but at the end of 2006 we broke up because she, for reasons unknown, decided to start messing around with hard drugs. We had both been clean the entire 4 years, and her behavior made her seem like a different person. It was surreal. Anyway, 2 weeks before Coachella 2007, i got a phone call from one of her friends saying she had died. We had only broke up 7 months before, and the relationship was still very fresh in my mind. I was devastated. My world collapsed. All I had to take me out of this dark dark hole of anger and confusion and sadness, was going to Coachella with one of my friends.

For 3 days, everything seemed ok. Coachella made me appreciate life, and alll the beauty and music that surrounded me.

So this year, I was really upset about not going. I bought tix to Outside Lands which will be amazing, but I still wanted something more. Then they started announcing bands. Aphex Twin!!!!!!, Serj, FUCKING PRINCE. And I took another glance at the rest of the lineup. SOLID. SOOOO MANY GREAT BANDS. The little bands are so well put together this year, I cant believe it.

So tomorrow, even though no one I know can afford to go with me, I am going to buy my tickets, and share the greatest music festival in the world with all you people.

I CANT WAIT.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO MEET UP, GRAB A BITE TO EAT, OR WATCH A BAND. MY MISSION IS TO MEET PEOPLE.

If you took the time to read this, I appreciate it. Thank You.

I'll see you there man! Wanna checkout Goldfrapp with me? She's hot, AND talented.

theaenimatool
04-14-2008, 12:59 AM
hey guys, i wanna thank everybody for all the awesome shit you said in response to my thread. i have my tickets, camping and all, and as soon as my confirmation number comes in i will be on COACHELLA EXPRESS (sweeet). so i look forward to kicking it with you all there!

ill pm people to meet up, and i welcome anyone to do the same. after all, coachella is all about community.

peace out.

boarderwoozel3
04-14-2008, 01:03 AM
Coachella truly is three days of euphoria. Though I'm not religious at all its probably the most accurate description for heaven on earth I can think of. Music is my favorite medicine.

Thank you for sharing anemia.

CalmerThanYou
04-14-2008, 12:35 PM
So much man-game and Bromance on this board, it's quite touching.

WattsUp
04-14-2008, 01:13 PM
wow, really touching. awesome story, i like turtles.

Blinken
04-14-2008, 01:21 PM
I know exactly how you feel, amigo, I have had a similar experience.

Back in 2006 one of my friends died in a car accident just two months before Coachella. We were supposed to go together, Tool was his favorite band. We had gone to the same schools from elementary all the way through college. When Eric died I was absolutely numb for two months, and had absolutely no desire to go to Coachella, but my friends convinced me to go anyway. As soon as Tool came on, all of the feelings and emotions I had locked away came rushing back and tears started streaming down my face as I thought about my friend and how happy he would be if only he were there with me. Seeing Tool at Coachella allowed me to come to terms with his passing and put my own life into perspective.

Going to Coachella in 2006 literally changed my outlook on life, and inspired me to keep moving forward while preserving and honoring Eric's memory. Coachella is like my birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's all rolled into one; I look forward to it all year. I have been going since 2004, and will continue to attend as long as I have air in my lungs. Coachella has had such a profound effect on my life that I would not trade the experiences I have had for anything. Coachellans are the best people on the planet, they are like family to me, and Coachella is my home.

Wow man, thanks for sharing. It is great that Coachela helped you out so much.

Lazaro
04-14-2008, 02:19 PM
i meet my girfriend in the keane spot in 05, and lost her in the infected mushroom set in 2007, a truly beautiful woman,,,,

good luck this year theaenimatool !!

Vic Viper
04-14-2008, 04:19 PM
Daft Punk changed my life forever.
So fucking true.

nationocean
04-15-2008, 11:51 AM
All good people. One life changing event.

RedThom
04-18-2008, 02:04 PM
And this is why Led Zeppelin at Bonnaroo would make no difference. Coachella is still the best


This is why I go year after year. It doesn't matter who is playing so long as the heart remains the same.

I go broke every year trying to make it out to Indio and I don't care one way or the other, its worth every penny.

You people make it and the energy you create does wonder for the soul.

greghead
04-18-2008, 04:37 PM
I am convinced my truck is going to break down on the drive to Coachella (I live in Riverside, and will be driving back and forth), which means I will be leaving my truck on the side of the road. If anyone sees a white dude on the 10 trying to hitch to Indio, please pick me up!