I keep reading how RATM ruined a lot of peoples experiences this year at coachella. Somehow this festival, for some people, holds this weird underlying tone that coachella is meant to be some kind of hippy free love continuation of woodstock that should only have performances by indie, mellow, hip, and/or up and coming bands/performers. What makes people think this sort of shit? Because its out in the desert and they offer camping? Some of theses folks seem to think that coachella belongs to them and only them and should reflect their ideals. Hmmm...What everyone seems to forget is that RATM was one of the first headliners from the very first coachella and has helped Coachella be what it is today. What? You think AIR or Damien Rice helped make this a 3 day festival? It's because of some of these harder rock oriented bands like RATM, TOOL (also an early performer) and NIN that some of the smaller bands can play.
Its wierd to me how in some peoples minds this festival is supposed to be something more than a major Rock show. Its a major festival with a few exhibitions to keep the people who are tripping on acid or x occupied in between sets. Thats it. Why else would the promoters keep inviting these hard rock acts back? Whats great about coachella is that it offers a little something for everybody to enjoy. And while I understand that some of the RATM fans can be a little crazy I also understand that not all the fans act this way. I'm sure you can find a bunch of drunk and high assholes at a Sheryl Crow concert. So please stop making Coachella something bigger than it is.