That's right. Not missing a day since the very beginning in 99' has seared and blur'd all the great memories into my soul. Here are some of the stand- outs'
: Having Cameron Diaz come sit down next to me (within 5 feet) on the grass in VIP, as we locked eyes for a minute or two until Justin T. showed up looking out of place and bothered. Being blown away by Prodigy not once but twice. Present for for U-ziq from England front and center, and then meeting him backstage after his intense set. Brit popping' to The Charlatans UK, and Blur, dancing to every song with LCD soundsystem, Being in total aw seeing Siouxsie and the Banshees, Punking it up to Iggy & the Stooges.
Poaching the bushes and fence though the lemon groves, Playing hacky sack for hours with dudes from Canada, hanging on in a windstorm while Primal Scream played, laughing and rocking to the Soundtrack of our lives in the blazing hot sun, having a somewhat hippie religious experience with the Polyphonic Spree, Trippin' on the huge plastic human ball rolling over the crowd with the Flaming lips; Drinking free Heineken's in VIP, Massive bass to the Chemical Brothers, Running into ex girlfriends, more wind and dust storms, beautiful people and mountain scapes, vivid sunsets, Rollin with it to OASIS, ya "Fooking" Oasis man!
Spraining my ankle jumping over the fence from VIP to the regular beer garden (ya lame I know). Running into Cameron again along with Drew Barrymore backstage.
More dust and traffic, scamming' and poaching yet again... ya you can figure it out... More amazing music with Radiohead, Ravonettes, Beta band, Watching the sun go down and the spotlights beam up into the evening sky, Spiritualized, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Massive Attack, Ladytron, Hearing the crowd roar as Kraftwerk's set began, waiting for Madonna as she was late but then digging her show, being a bit bored with Bjork, being super far away for White Stripes, Depeche, Beasties', and being amazed how long the Cure's set was, Fisherspooner, Johnny Marr, Interpol, Hives, Streets, BRMC, Rolling up in a carpet backstage in VIP to keep warm one night in a windstorm, and spending the night there, then waking up to sound check, Watching the stars with AIR, enjoying Stereolab, Rocking again to Sloan with all the Canadians, Pixies guitar amps sounding like Black Flag, hearing everyone sing along with Coldplay, Comin' down the Mountain with Janes Addiction, Scoffing at James Blunt, Skipping Rage and Keenan,(is that his name?) Gettin' baggy with the Happy Mondays....More dust and sunburns, savoring a cold beer, and some Chinese food from one of the vendors late, aching feet, windy nights, cute indie girls, ringing ears, and long walks back to the car, and then back up to do it all again the next day.
Coachella is a happening I look forward to every year, a place to be overloaded with sound, light, and an international crowd coming to the Desert as one. Did I leave anything out? I am sure of it! And here I am this year anticipating all of it once again, especially The Verve, Love and Rockets, Fat boy slim, TurboNegro, Redd Kross, the list goes on and on.
Before Coachella becomes just an amazing memory for all of us I would officially like to request these special reunions to play the Best music Fest in the World.
Here they are:
The Stone Roses, RIDE, Chapterhouse, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine. And even though Echo & the Bunnymen are still touring and making albums, I think they deserve to be invited into the line-up!
Thanks to an old school punk rock promoter (Goldenvoice) for being a visionary for truly great music!
Keep it going PT!