Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards wrap up "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (but I Like It)." Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
The Rolling Stones didn’t perform “Time Is On My Side” at the launch of their “50 and Counting” tour Friday at the Staples Center.
Instead, Mick Jagger sang “(This may be) The Last Time” and you could sense the collective thinking as he sang the last two words of the chorus: “Oh, no!” Continue Reading
John C. Reilly, who plays serious and comic roles in the movies, played it straight at Stagecoach.
Despite requests for material from his film parody, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and overwhelming chants for “Boats ‘N Hoes,” a routine he did with Will Ferrell, Reilly sang an hour of folk songs, ending with a pretty blues harmony tune, “Blues, Stay Away From Me.”
Dan Bern, who wrote many of the songs from “Walk Hard” and accompanied Reilly on his set in the Mustang Tent, said he didn’t know for sure if Reilly had considered doing some of their parody tunes.
“You can’t bring your whole back of tricks,” he said after their show, “but I’m always happy to talk to a fan of Mr. Cox.”
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum talks with bandmates in their trailer backstage at Stagecoach at the Empire Polo Fields on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Indio, Calif. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum wasn’t showing much of a baby bump when the band appeared this week on “The Voice.” That’s because the segment was shot in February.
Scott is heading into her seventh month of pregnancy and she said while sitting in the band’s air-conditioned trailer waiting for the opportunity to perform for more than 40,000 fans as Saturday’s headliner she’s having to compartmentalize her life.
Hayes Carll, who plays the kind of rock-influenced country music George Jones never particularly liked, paid his respects to the late country crooner Friday in the large Palamino Tent.
Acknowledging Jones’ death earlier in the day, Carll, 35, said, “It’s hard for that not to cast a shadow over today’s events. But hopefully he’s looking down at all of us.”
After his last number, the Goldenvoice staff played Jones’ novelty hit, “The Race Is On” as bumper music.
Next up on the Palomino stage is one of Jones’ favorite singers, Connie Smith.
RELATED: See more photos from Carll’s set here.
George Jones performs on Sunday, May 4, during Stagecoach 2008. (Michael Buckner, Getty Images)
Stagecoach will no doubt pay tribute today to country legend George Jones, who died this morning
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist. Continue Reading
There is an abundance of great female vocalists at this festival. Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs singer Karen O may be the best at selling a song and the young, classic R&B singer Janelle Monae may be the most dynamic.
But there are few if any that have the pure vocal chops of English vocalist Jessie Ware, who sang today in the Mojave Tent.
Ware, 28, was an in-demand backup vocalist for the likes of SBTKT, Joker and Man Like Me before breaking through last year with her first studio album, “Devotion,” which was nominated for a Mercury Prize as Album of the Year. Clash magazine called her “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade.”
Now, if she can only get dumped by a lover and write an album about it, she could become a rock star.
I’m looking forward to watching Airborne in part because I like their new song, “Timeless.” But there’s also a two-degree-of-separation local connection that intrigues me.
The indie rock band from the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles often performs with the Lalo Guerrero School of Music Children’s Choir. The choir performed with them on Dec. 4, 2009 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a concert that was turned into a 2010 documentary titled “All I Ever Wanted: Live From Walt Disney Concert Hall.” They also performed on the Airborne Toxic Event’s video in support of their first single, “All At Once,” from the 2011 album of that name.
A veggie food booth is set up at Coachella on April 19, 2013.
Coachella has its share of burger and rib vendors, but it has an abundance of veggie and health food opportunities, too.
The Juice Box truck offers drink mixes featuring kale, beets and a variety of citrus. The Organic Flatbread booth features wood-fried natural pizza. 118 Degrees offers everything vegetarian.
Feel like margarita? The VIP section offers Agave margaritas.
Carlee Hendrix of You Me & Us sings at Tachevah block party on April 17, 2013 (Richard Lui/The Desert Sun).
It’s been quite a week for the Bermuda Dunes band, You, Me & Us.
Last week, they played Coachella on three days notice. On Wednesday, they played before a couple thousand people as the second act at Tachevah. This afternoon, they played Coachella again.
Band members said the first Coachella appearance was exciting because of the novelty but today’s crowd was bigger and “just as cool.
“We knew what to expect,” said bass player Alyssa Midcalf, “but it was just as exciting.”
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocks the weekend 1 crowd. (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)
Five bands I saw last week I would like to see again:
1) Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, 1 p.m. today, Coachella Stage: A fun, musically accomplished big band ska ensemble and this time they’re adding a singer.
2) Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, 8:40 p.m. today, Coachella Stage: They connected with the Coachella stage audience better than anyone last Friday and, since then, I’ve really grown to love the music on the album they’re releasing Tuesday.