I've never posted before, and probably never will again, but for the past 10 years I've scoured the internet and this message board for rumors and posts from other coachella faithful and figured it was about time to say thanks. I hope someone from GV reads these things- I mean, you're involved in something for a decade and you begin to reflect on all your past experiences. When it comes to Coachella- these experiences have always been the best.
My first coachella was the first coachella- I was 19, high on anything I could get my hands on, and still trying to shake the weird vibes from the chaotic failure that was woodstock '99. I didn't even know at the time how epic 1999's lineup was. There was, what, 10,000 of us at most on the fields that year? No crowds really to speak of? I didn't know most of the acts on the poster, even though now anybody can look back and see what legends the majority of those names have become. It was easy to tell that the organizers really cared about good music, but also that there was no way they were recouping their losses from that concert. I got a real sense of just how few people were actually there when, in 2007, DJ Shadow asked "so how many people here saw me the first time in 99?" Maybe four in the crowd yelled (including me) and he said "Yeah right." Funny. So I was really happy way back when to see the coa-comeback in 2001.
That was a weird year. I remember the complete lack of trash cans (tripping over water bottles everywhere) and the dangerously long car ride back to L.A. after the one day madness (no coffee in any gas station for miles!) But the music was incredible, the crowd was amazing (and has been ever since), and I have been coachella-hooked ever since. Through all the girls/jobs/schools/homes/everything that changes in a decade, coachella has always been one of the best experiences every year.
2002 was my favorite. Coachella went back to 2 day and it all just came together. Beck did a surprise set with Z-trip, tenacious D came out with cake, queens of the stone age showed me how hard they could hit it, and it was the first time I saw prodigy, or bjork, or the crazy chemical brothers UFO of sound. 2007 is a close second- with the reunion of Rage against the machine, the raging campsite drum circle, and just an epic 3 day event. From the stooges, to prince/portishead, to radiohead/pixies, to sonic youth, to massive attack/tool, to depeche mode and nine inch nails and daft punk and roger waters etc. etc. etc. I've seen amazing music at this event every year, music acts that I never thought I would ever experience.
So now I'm 29- about to get married (kissed my fiance for the first time at coachella 2004)- and still super excited about the concert and scouring for rumors like I always have. Thank you goldenvoice- for organizing the greatest concert every year and exposing me to unbelievable music and experiences this whole decade. There's lineup critics ever year, but I'm sure 2009 will be amazing. I'll be at this one, and at every coachella in the next decade as well. And thank you- coachella crowd- for always being the most amped up, feel good, amazing concert audience I've ever seen. I'll see you out there.