Muse frontman Matt Bellamy delivered high-energy performances
of the bands hits songs including "Hysteria," "Resistance," and
"Magic," but a large portion of the Coachella crowd left the
field early as high winds swept sand and dust across the
Muse performed a catalogue of its hits including "Time is
Running Out," and "Starlight," where Bellamy walked through the
crowd and climbed onto a platform among the audience during the
The band also sang a cover of grunge rock band Nirvana's
"Lithium," dedicating it to Nirvana's late lead singer Kurt
Cobain, who committed suicide 20 years ago.
Festival goers in the desert town of Indio, California, were
alerted by text message of high winds on the field.
Ahead of Muse, R&B singer Pharrell brought uptempo tracks to the
festival, kicking his set off with "Lose Yourself To Dance," his
collaboration with French electronic music duo Daft Punk.
The singer sang some of his older hits with his group N.E.R.D.,
such as "Lapdance" and "She Likes To Move" and songs from his
new album "GIRL" such as "Marilyn Monroe."
The 41-year-old singer got the crowd dancing with his 2013 hit
collaborations, including "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and
"Get Lucky," with Daft Punk. Pharrell performed both solo on
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Pharrell brought out some star power for his set, collaborating with
rapper Nelly on his 2002 hit "Hot In Herre," Busta Rhymes on the
rapper's song "Pass The Courvoisier Part 2," Snoop Dogg for the
rapper's songs "Drop it like its Hot," Gwen Stefani for her hit "Hollaback
Girl," and DJ Diplo, part of the electronic music collaborative
Major Lazer, for "Aerosol Can."
The dust storm caused problems for Pharrell, whose voice started
cracking by the end of the set.
"I want you to be patient with my, the dust is messing with my voice
right now," he said before leading the crowd into a sing-a-long of
his Oscar-nominated song "Happy."
One of the biggest draws of the day was 17-year-old New Zealand
newcomer Lorde. The singer has had a stellar year in which she saw
her single, "Royals," top charts across the world, and won two
Grammy awards. Her style of pop is infused with hip hop beats,
making her a dance floor staple.
The annual three-day Coachella music festival, which featured the
same lineup over two consecutive weekends, kicks off the summer live
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Sandra Maler)
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