Roger Waters closes Coachella
Plays 'Dark Side of the Moon' in its entiretyWith the help of pyrotechnic blasts and a large inflatable pig, Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters closed the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Sunday night, with a set that included Pink Floyd classics "Mother," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Have a Cigar" and "Wish You Were Here," as well as 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety.
Waters first tested the "Dark Side of the Moon" concept during a 2006 European summer tour. Waters subsequently grossed $53.2 million from his 2007 trek, according to Billboard Boxscore. Last night, after performing new songs in addition to the Pink Floyd material, the artist closed his set by unleashing a large inflatable pig with politically charged messages over Coachella's main stage crowd.
The third and final day of Coachella also featured a taste of Southern rock as My Morning Jacket previewed new songs from its forthcoming album "Evil Urges," due June 10 via ATO. As the sun set on Indio, Calif.'s Empire Polo Field, the Kentucky-based foursome commanded the main stage, belting out songs from its most recent album "Z," including "Wordless Chorus," "Off the Record" and "Anytime."
As previously reported, earlier in the evening, actor Sean Penn urged festivalgoers to join him on his Dirty Hands Caravan, a cross-country bus trip he plans to launch today, arriving in New Orleans on May 4. "Revolution is a young man's game," Penn said from the main stage. "And you're the revolution."
Earlier in the day, Duffy's set at the Mojave tent got off to a rough start with sound problems, but the U.K. chart-topper delighted the crowd with "Rockferry," "Serious," "Warwick Avenue" and "Mercy." Duffy's performance yesterday afternoon was special for those in attendance, as it was her "first festival experience," the singer proudly stated. Duffy, whose album drops Stateside in May, has recently been added to the lineup of the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Aug. 9-10.
As temperatures soared well into the 100s, Chicago-based hip-hop duo the Cool Kids -- who will perform as part of this summer's Rock the Bells amphitheater trek -- cooled their audience at the main stage with water guns, while passing the mic for songs like "Black Mags," "88" and "Gold and a Pager."
Other memorable performances of the day came from gypsy punk act Gogol Bordello, which didn't stop moving the crowd throughout its set on the main stage; 17-piece indie rock collective I'm From Barcelona, which launched its jovial set by throwing large red balloons into the crowd during "Treehouse"; and experimental noise rockers Holy F*ck, which closed its set at the Gobi tent with uplifting instrumental "Lovely Allen."
Final attendance numbers for the three-day festival weren't available at deadline, but reports suggest that more than 150,000 people braved the desert heat in Indio. Last year's Coachella drew more than 186,000 festivalgoers and grossed $16.2 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. The festival ranked No. 3 in Billboard's 2007 Top 10 festival tally.