We didn’t make it out to Indio, Calif. for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but we hear nothing but good things about it. Seems that Prince stole the weekend.
When Prince took to the stage at a field 130 miles east of Los Angeles, Prince seemed to acknowledge that he had just taken the desert festival to a new level. “Coachella, I am here,” he screamed. “You are the coolest place on Earth right now!”
His performance — for which he was reportedly paid upwards of $5 million — was announced only two weeks ago, instantly eclipsing original headliners Waters, Portishead and Jack Johnson.
The 49-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tore through a set that included hits like “1999,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain,” as well as two surprising covers: Radiohead’s “Creep” and the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Supported by a 12-member backup band, Prince roamed the stage soloing on his Fender Telecaster guitar.
Yeah, that sounds about right. Here’s Prince doing Radiohead’s “Creep.” The amazing factor here is about 11, with Prince taking the song and making it his own, with his unique soloing guitar work and silky smooth vocals.