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    Air is one of the best live bands I have seen, which makes it so difficult to understand what the hell happened to them at Coachella. 35 minutes late and playing a 25 minute set? They didn't seem that into it to top it off. Anyone know?

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    I saw them Saturday night at the Marquee in Tempe, AZ and they played well over an hour. It was their own headlining show. They seemed to have a good time and even joking on the mic with the robot effects. Not sure what happened at Coachella.

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    yeah it was pretty awful, i finally just left and once i made it out of the crowd they came on but whole hell was it late.It seemed like a theme with the outdoor stage maybe it was having really bad technical problems because the decemberist were kinda late also.

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    the good, the bad and the queen were 30-40 minutes late, but that's because the band before them (the gotan project?) played 25 minutes over their set time. i don't know if it's because they started late too or just went over. it was annoying. this was also on the outdoor stage.

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    Same happened on Friday with Stephen Marley, Peaches and Jarvis Cocker.

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    I reiterate: this doesn't happen at Austin City Limits.

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    yeah the outdoor stage was plagued all weekend. the sound was off and not loud enough, sonic youth sounded horrible from afar. ugh. i just didn't even go over there the rest of the weekend.

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    apparently one of the guys from air had really bad diarrhea-- also why they were so late going on. No this is not teenage humour, I read it in another thread on here.

    Must have eaten the Polo Field Burger?

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    Outdoor Stage got backed up pretty early on Friday. And then things got worse when Jarvis had a broken keyboard that took like 9 people about 20 minutes to fix.

    I don't how things go so backed up on Saturday. I'm pretty sure Blonde Redhead ended on time, and there was only one act between them and TGBATQ. TGBATQ seemed to take forever to set up, though.

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    Yeah, I was pretty disappointed. I was really looking forward to them after seeing them in 2004. After Sexy Boy I went over to Ratatat who were much better.

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    not only were they 45 minutes late, they sounded like crap! i was so mad. heard from a friend that the sound guys looked as if they didnt know what they were doing. i waited for about 40 min in the pit, i gave up 5 min too soon but i had to see the start of the happy mondays.
    i heard half the show from the back and they didnt seem that into it, and didnt sound good at all.....i was very sad.
    i still love em though.

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    Placebo even finished a few minutes early, so they actually took damn near an hour getting Air set up/on stage. WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilingdownward View Post
    i gave up 5 min too soon but i had to see the start of the happy mondays.
    I bet you soon regretted that. Watching them make a complete shambles of the first two songs was all i could stand to watch. At least Ratatat made up for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofhal View Post
    I bet you soon regretted that. Watching them make a complete shambles of the first two songs was all i could stand to watch. At least Ratatat made up for it.
    oh no... i got out of there 5 min before they started. (i havent gotten to sleep yet, just got home so i might not make much sence)
    i was very happy to leave and very dissapointed with what i saw of their set. i just wish i wouldnt have waited around for 40 freaking minutes. oh well, i would have only had to deal with my drunk friend what was needing "help".
    i'm glad i got to see tony wilson again before he kicks the bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by innomoodtowebboard View Post
    Same happened on Friday with Stephen Marley, Peaches and Jarvis Cocker.
    Yeah. Fucking Stephen Marley went 20 minutes over. So either he played for too long or started late, or both. Because Of Montreal ended on time. The sound crew at that stage really fucking sucked. Highly unprofessional and incompetent. Jarvis was at least 20 minutes late, but it actually only took 30-35 minutes to set up, even with the difficulties.

    Blonde Redhead starting 10 minutes late and then not going over was really lame because I made a point of ducking out of Arcade Fire so I could catch their whole set (only seen them once and I've seen AF 4x and will again next month), but they were great.

    I think Placebo was on time, but they did end 5 minutes early. Seems everyone did on Sunday. CSS, Junior Boys, Explosions in the Sky, etc. I heard Manu Chao did as well.

    So I managed to get up close for Air by arriving before Placebo, and after Placebo rushing up as people left, but it really sucked because who wants to stand around for over an hour while nobody is playing? And after 15 minutes of their set, I had to get out and just lie down in the back because my feet were in agonizing pain.

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    Fuck diarrhea, it doesn't take 40 minutes to take a shit. Air was my 2nd most anticipated band behind Rage...I stood there until 9:04, then went to watch Manu Chao, who thankfully was awesome.
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    Yeah. Goldenvoice should have been more diligent with the problems which arose out of the outdoor stage. Air was only made worse when Paris Hilton dared to show herself in the VIP area on the side of the stage. I was hoping that she would show up for Rage and Zach would throw her into a pit.

    BTW. Nice job Amy, i saw your balloon during the Air performance. Very neat .

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    they fucked up damien rice's set as well. he's the main reqason i was at coachella and because air was so late he had to cut his set to about 20 minutes. it was a kick ass 20 minutes but he should not have had to pay the price for air being a bunch of fuckups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnzypants View Post
    I reiterate: this doesn't happen at Austin City Limits.
    Are you kidding? The sound on the main stage in 2004 was horrible. Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse and Old 97s all sounded like shit that year. The bleed over is pretty bad, too. And let's not forget the brutal Muse fans.

    I love ACL, but let's be realistic. There are technical problems at every festival.
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    They were discussing set times, and how bands got off their schedules and played into others. Again: that doesn't happen at ACL.

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    french musicians never get diarrhea at ACL fest

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    Quote Originally Posted by malomakaio- View Post
    yeah the outdoor stage was plagued all weekend. the sound was off and not loud enough, sonic youth sounded horrible from afar. ugh. i just didn't even go over there the rest of the weekend.
    Sonic Youth isn't a good example. They sucked on the main stage a couple years back too. If you want to see Sonic Youth; see them at a show.

    Air was great. No. Air was amazing several years back at Coachella. Glad I saw them then and not now.
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    The Outdoor stage was fucked all 3 days.

    Friday, it was Damian Marley. He went on late and played a very short set.
    Saturday, it was Ghostface Killer with technical difficulties, throwing off everyones set time from that point on.
    Sunday, the Coup was having big problems with their sound. Their girl singer's mic barely worked for the whole set.. you could faintly, faintly hear her screaming her lungs out from close to the stage. I think the scheduling problems were caused by Air going on late..

    This was the biggest disappointment of the festival to me. Air was one of the biggest acts I was looking forward to after having them blow my mind in 2004.

    it's just sad. Hate the stage, not the players.

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    let me just point out that ghostface was about 5 minutes late on the outdoor stage

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    C-c-c-c-c-combo breaker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theburiedlife View Post
    Yeah. Goldenvoice should have been more diligent with the problems which arose out of the outdoor stage. Air was only made worse when Paris Hilton dared to show herself in the VIP area on the side of the stage. I was hoping that she would show up for Rage and Zach would throw her into a pit.

    BTW. Nice job Amy, i saw your balloon during the Air performance. Very neat .
    Yeah, I saw Paris Hilton on the side of the stage during Sexy Boy.

    I threw an orange octopus beach ball during Air, and my husband threw a green, striped one. I don't know who was responsible for the zillion white beach balls and the HUGE beach ball though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAmeche View Post
    Placebo even finished a few minutes early, so they actually took damn near an hour getting Air set up/on stage. WTF?

    Yeah the wait for them to come on was ridiculous, then they get cut short. Sucked a big one. I mean I liked what they did play, but it also sucked as it made Damien Rice's set late as well so he only got to play like 5 songs. I felt jipped.
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    yeah i was bummed about the short set too.

    what can you do?

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    Yeah, Air sucked. I have already seen them before, and at that time they played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic... so I wasnt expecting anything really incredible anyways... but that was ridiculous. My sister waited all day to see them... and along with her... when they ended, I must have heard a 50 people simultaneously say "What the fuck!?"

    Thw ONLY cool part about that performance were the 20 or so white beach balls in the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Yeah, I saw Paris Hilton on the side of the stage during Sexy Boy.

    I threw an orange octopus beach ball during Air, and my husband threw a green, striped one. I don't know who was responsible for the zillion white beach balls and the HUGE beach ball though.
    You should look no further than the porn industry for that answer.

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