what was your favourite part of the mccartney set, menik?
I guess it would be just hearing the crowd sing along to all the big hits like Hey Jude, Give Peace A Chance, and being able to hear some other classics like Can't Buy Me Love and Lady Madonna. I've always been a big Beatles fan, so it was just awesome to be able to finally get to tell people that I've seen McCartney (in a festival setting no less). Ever since I saw the vids of McCartney headlining Glastonbury back in 2004, he was my #1 for most wanted headliners...I knew it had to happen sooner or later.
The only problem is I got sick during his set! I was on the rail front row, and for whatever STUPID reason (see I make stupid decisions when I'm up front and close) I decided to get a better view by going back in the crowd by about 10-12 rows right before Morrissey. Then my back started to kill me and I had no room to sit down or stretch it out or whatever, and about halfway into Macca's set I think I got a case of bad heat exhaustion (hadn't drank anything since like 4pm that day) and totally felt like I was gonna throw up and pass out.
It's that feeling you have like you feel like you get all pale and sweaty and you just wanna fall over...that's what was happening to me and I had no room to even move! I remember thinking to myself please don't throw up on the person in front of you. So I had to make the decision to grab my backpack off the ground and fight my way out of the crowd and to the VIP fence area where I could lay down...felt like that was my only chance for survival. So that's what I did, under heavy regret because Paul was just starting to go into the bigger hits and I was gonna miss all the sing alongs. But that's what I did.....I got out and laid down by the fence ready to die while Paul was singing Live and Let Die and all the fireworks going off....the biggest headliner ever who I wanted to see the most with the crowd singing along, something I dreamed about for 5 years, and there I was passed out feeling sick to my stomach. Sucks so much. I never did throw up though, I felt fine by the time Paul was finishing his last encore. I always sorta thought that if I had stuck by the rail to begin with, I would have been fine...I would at least had something to lean on, and maybe barter a bottle of water from the security guards.
oh wow that's intense! i never get that far forward after trying during pixies & the cure in 2004, fuck that shit. it's just not fun for me to be that packed.
i really enjoyed mccartney's set and it should probably be on my list too. it didn't really hit me until a few days before that i was ACTUALLY going to see a beatle. it's the one thing i was able to actually share with people at work. normally it's hard to convey how awesome coachella is.
ERIK, I felt the same way during McCartney (about 5 or 6 people back), and I struggled to stay on my feet during all of Blackbird (I didn't want to ruin Blackbird by having to be pulled out!). Then after BB was over, I had the crowd pull me out. I almost blacked out. I was hydrated, but I hadn't eaten anything since 1pm that day.
Also, re: Portishead, I left right afterwards and was able to push my way out ok as the Prince fans were rushing forward. I was 2nd row.
Hard to put this in order...so many choices:
1. McCartney ( I agree with Erik)
2 Radiohead '04 (orgasmic)
3. Portishead (I was in a trance)
4. Roger Waters (Brilliant set)
5. The National '08 (First time seeing them, and they delivered)
6. Prince (Holy Shit)
7. Pixies (I'll never forget the goosebumps hearing the drums start out on Bone Machine)
8. Arcade Fire (pick a year)
9. The Verve (They sounded amazing...like they never stopped)
10. Leonard Cohen (I felt like having a martnini whilst listening...so smooth)
HM: Bauhaus, Broken Social Scene, Lemonheads (just for having the balls to go against RATM), Roderigo y Gabriela, MBV
This is hard.
1. Roger Waters
5. White Stripes
6. Daft Punk
7. Bjork '07
8. The Cure '04
10. Beastie Boys
11. Queens of the Stone Age '03
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2014, 2014
1.- ROGER WATERS (epic show) '08
2.- Rage Againts The Machine '07
3.- Paul McCartney '09
4.- The Cure '09
5.- Portishead '07
6.- My Bloody Valentine '09
7.- Justice '07
8.- Kraftwerk '08
9.- Ghostland Observatory '09
10.- Soulwax '07
1. Rage Against The Machine (2007)
2. Portishead (2008)
3. Justice (2008)
4. Boys Noize (2008)
5. MSTRKRFT (2007/2009)
6. My Bloody Valentine (2009)
7. Arcade Fire (2007)
8. Aphex Twin (2008)
9. Sebastian (2008)
10. Molotov (2009)
Honorable mentions: Leonard Cohen, The Presets and K'naan this year.
U2: 6/28 @ United Center
Lollapalooza: 8/1 @ Grant Park
I also got sick during McCartney, I wasn't extremely close to begin with, but a few songs in I started feeling really dizzy and queasy and then got a massive nose bleed. I went way to the back of the crowd and sat down and listened but wasn't feeling it anymore. One of the people in our camping group happened by and was going back to camp so I left. And of course after sitting and drinking water for a half hour I felt fine. :P
1. morrissey 09 pure diva 2. the strokes 02 3. we are scientits 09 4. the horrors 09 5. eagles of death metal 06 6. dr. dog 09 7. she wants revenge 06 8. damien marley 06 9. los campesinos 09 10. the cure 09
This year was my first year, the McCartney and MBV sets were head and shoulders above the rest for me.
Been 2007,2008,2009 ....
1. Faithless (07)
2. Poritshead (08)
3. Kraftwerk (08)
4. Bjork (07)
5. Buraka som Sistema (09)
6. Rage Against The Machine (07)
7. NASA (09)
8. Crookers (09)
9. Pendulum (08)
10. Justice (08)
1. Portishead (08)
2. Roger Waters (08)
3. Kraftwerk (08)
4. Paul McCartney (09)
5. Prince (08)
6. Aphex Twin (08)
7. Liars (09)
8. Fatboy Slim (08)
9. Battles (08)
10. Brian Jonestown Massacre (09)
Honorable mention to MBV, it just didn't compare to seeing them on the rail up in SF 6 months before. Lots of cholo's just fucking with their cell phones and trying to talk over the wall of music while waiting for El Cure with disgusted faces kinda killed the atmosphere for me. Also the Bird and the Bee in 08 was mesmerizing.
08 slayed 09 imo. hopefully '10 is the shit!
July 21- Soundgarden- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
July 30- Rage Against the Machine/Muse- LA Coliseum
Oct 21- Portishead- Berkeley Greek
Nov 18- Pixies- Fox Theater Bakersfield
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Swans @ Terminal West 03/28/15
Drive like Jehu @ The Glass House 04/08/15
Electric Wizard @ Slims 04/17/15
Acid Mother Temple @ BOTM 04/18/15
Faith No More @ the Warfield 04/20/15
John Zorn @ UCLA 05/02/15
Will Bulter @ Slims 05/26/15
Neutral Milk Hotel @ Pappy & Harriets 05/30/15
Mariah Carey @ Caesars palace 06/11/14
Just thumbing through an old 2004 booklet at looking at set times. On Saturday, you could have seen the following, starting at 4:35pm:
Trail of the Dead>Beck>Death Cab for Cutie>Black Keys>Dessert Sessions>Pixies>Radhiohead>Kraftwerk
02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12.2
I've attended 05-09 except for 08...it's hard to put some of these in order but here it goes:
1.Daft Punk (06)
2.Rage Against the Machine (07)
3. Sigur Ros (06)
4.Yeah Yeah Yeahs (06)
5. Black Keys (09)
Looking back at the posters, 06 was a good year...
Flight Facilities 02/25 @ Fonda
2001 to 2009
1. Portishead 2008
2. Radiohead 2004
3. Bjork 2002
4. Sigur Ros 2001
5. Roger Waters 2008
6. The Pixies 2004
7. Arcade Fire 2005
8. MBV 2009
9. Paul McCartney 2009
10. Coldplay 2005
Apehx Twin 2008
Arcade Fire 2007
QOTSA 2002 and 2003
The Hives 2003
10) Belle & Sebastian (02)
9) Leonard Cohen (09)
8) Bauhaus (05)
7) Arcade Fire (07)
6) The White Stripes (03)
5) Bjork (02)
4) Moby (99)
3) Kraftwerk (04)
2) Prince (08)
1) Daft Punk (06)
and the bubbles:
Zero 7 (02)
Mixmaster Mike, Qbert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion (99)
Arcade Fire (05)
Gang of Four (05)
LCD Soundsystem (07)
Hot Chip (07)
Roger Waters (08)
My Morning Jacket (08)
The Swell Season (08)
Band of Horses (09)
Fleet Foxes (09)
Paul Weller (09)
The Cure (09)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (06)
International Noise Conspiracy (02)
Upon this examination, i'm going with 2008 as being the best Coachella.
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Seriously. i thought initially i was going to split sets between Bauhaus and a first viewing of Bloc Party. Bloc Party had to wait until i caught them at the El Rey. Bauhaus was way bigger than i expected.
Portishead/Prince (08) - I honestly can't decide which to rate higher because each was unbelievable for completely different reasons
3. Paul McCartney (09)
4. Radiohead (04)
5. Pixies (04)
6. Daft Punk (06)
7. Jarvis Cocker (07)
8. Arcade Fire (05)
9. Roger Waters (08)
10. Massive Attack (06)
Leonard Cohen (09)
Dresden Dolls (05)
The Verve (08)
Sigur Ros (06)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (06)
St. Vincent (08)
Blonde Redhead (07)
2/28 Warpaint @ Fais Do-Do, 4/10 St. Vincent @ The Cosmopolitan, 5/2 Desert Daze, 5/8-10 Levitation
1) Kraftwerk (2008)
2) Faithless (2007)
3) Leonard Cohen (2009)
4) Portishead (2008)
5) Hot Chip (2008)
6) Plump DJs (2009)
7) Franz Ferdinand (2009)
8) Justice (2008)
9) Amanda Palmer (2009)
10) The Arcade Fire (2007)
- Caribou @ The Fonda in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 28th
- The Replacements @ The Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 15th
- Belle & Sebastian + Mac Demarco @ The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on Thursday, April 16th
6x Coachella Attendee (2007 - 2011, 2014a)
1) Portishead (2008)
2) Prince (2008)
3) Daft Punk (2006)
4) Rage Against The Machine (2007)
5) The Arcade Fire (2007)
6) My Bloody Valentine (2009)
7) Björk (2007)
8) Kraftwerk (2008)
9) The Verve (2008)
10) Justice (2008)
1. Portishead (2008) - I had anticipated seeing them live for 9 years. I have a problem with getting myself too hyped up about a band and inevitably feel at least a twinge of disappointment afterward but they blew me away. I'm sure the mushrooms helped but during "We Carry On," I felt like they sent me to another part of the galaxy.
2. Daft Punk (2006) - This was another situation in which I worried that I may have gotten myself too excited about seeing them. This set really was all that it's cracked up to be by those breathless acolytes who were there to experience it. The shows in '07 were fantastic as well but didn't carry the same weight as this performance since this one had the element of surprise. The electricity that coursed through the crowd when the pyramid first came out and we could see they were in their robot suits was incredible. It isn't hyperbolic to say that it felt like the entire crowd was dancing in unison. The fact that any performance has topped it in my estimation really says a lot for Portishead's achievement.
3. The Prodigy (2002) - It was my first Coachella, I was on some terrific Ecstasy, and they were the first band I saw on the main stage and with a crowd that huge. "Smack My Bitch Up" was one of my favorite song performances for years after that night. I felt like the festival was essentially over at the end of their set -- who could top what they did? They were the act most responsible for hooking me in to attending Coachella the next year, lineup unseen.
4. Underworld (2003) - I made my residence in the Sahara that entire day and was foolishly not keeping myself properly hydrated. During Deep Dish, my left quad started cramping up, prompting me to retreat to the medical tent. I had never heard Underworld before but saw the massive crowd pouring into the Sahara and was intrigued. About 5 seconds in, whatever pain there had been in my leg was gone and I danced through their entire set. As with the Prodigy, I pretty much opted against seeing anyone else after them because they had just killed it so completely.
5. Paul McCartney (2009) - Singing along to some of the greatest songs of all time, with my girlfriend who was completely enchanted by the spectacle on the stage, made this so memorable. He wrote most of my favorite Beatles tracks and that I got to hear so many of them live was something I never thought I'd experience.
6. Massive Attack (2006)
7. Soulwax (2007)
8. Arcade Fire (2007)
9. Nine Inch Nails (2005)
10. LCD Soundsystem (2007)
Honorable mentions: Goldfrapp (2008), Bjork (2007), Radiohead (2004), Prince (2008), Sandra Collins (2002), Hot Chip (2007), Arcade Fire (2005), Simian Mobile Disco (2008), The Presets (2009), Les Savvy Fav (2008)
Notes: Radiohead would have probably been ranked higher if I didn't compound the problem of the heat that year with taking mushrooms all day, thereby making myself sick and exhausted by the end of the day. I couldn't even stand up to watch Kraftwerk. Prince would have probably been ranked higher if he didn't have to follow Portishead. They were so dominant that I still find myself accidentally typing their name instead of his when I'm typing up these sorts of lists.