I was going to add this to my Sunday Late Night post below, but I think it deserves a post of it’s own. As I noted in the post below it was hot, hot, hot in SoCal this weekend, but the heat was really turned up in the desert when Prince took the stage at the Coachella Music Festival last night…
Prince was there in Coachella to show the “kids how it’s done“:
Last night Prince laid it out, put it down, smoothed it out, and rocked the desert with attitude, soul, and funk as he rifled through one hit after another. On a day where scores of fantastic acts put on wild and grooving performances, the Minneapolis superstar, who will turn 50 this summer, took the stage by telling the crowd with all the (earned) arrogance and cockiness one could imagine, “Coachella, I am here.” Completely aware of what this festival means and what he was there to do, the Artist addressed the sold-out, throbbing crowd dozens of times, but he got his loudest reaction when he declared, “You are the coolest place on Earth right now.”
Morris Day of the Time opened the Prince show with his two hits backed with the Purple One on guitar. Sheila E. was introduced and led the huge band into her only big hit, “The Glamorous Life,” and then for over two hours Prince re-established his legend, mostly with his unbelievable ability to shred on his Fender Telecaster guitar.
Digging generously through his wide tapestry of hits, Prince led his band through such pop classics as “1999,” “Controversy” and “Cream,” but it was the cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” that was the most magical. Not only did Prince completely make it his own, but the British band was widely rumored to headline this year’s Coachella, so Prince performing their biggest hit — scorchingly — was easily the best of both worlds.
Little Red Corvette Live at Coachella:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsM-K86MZyE
Sweet. The set list is here.