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Coachella 2005...Day 1

Las aventuras de un latino en Coachella...or

By Miguel Mouchess
Published on LatinoLA: May 3, 2005


Coachella 2005...Day 1


Ok...so the Coachella line-up wasn't the most captivating of the past 5 years....what with Coldplay, Cafe Tacuba, and Bauhaus on Day 1 as the only strong performers..this festival might be showing signs of a weak future..

as a matter of fact I was down to just watching those 3 bands....and spending time with mis "compas" more than anything else...

I managed to get up pretty early for a Saturday...10am....my friends Jaime and Edward were well on their way....immediately from my house we hit the 76 station to gas up the baby.....a quick check of "who's hungry" didn't get much of a response so we just hit the road: 605 North right away...and then made the connection to the 60 East...finally crossing jumping the 57 to the 10..you know, to add a little bit of a scenic twist...

On the way up to Indio, Ca there's nothing but land, land, and more land.....underdeveloped and plain "ranch" style land....and a bunch of signs for "Indian gaming"...being that this was the next hour or so of time we spent much of it talking, bonding, and philosophizing on our current experiences and "pendejadas"....guy talk....Sports, Women, Concerts, Women, and Political Banter...nothing like getting 2 democrats and a republican in a 2 hour drive...funny, it cut our "dead time" to almost non-existent....we made it in a little over 2 hours...it was like a Latino version of "Sideways"...instead this one was "De Costado"....(coming to a DVD retailer near you!!)

After the drive through the dessert we hit Indio...made a quick stop at the Togo's and got some lunch...made a quick pit stop; Edward a little longer than the rest of us...and finally went into the last part of our drive...getting into the venue....Parking was cheap this year (like every year)...it was free!!!...but far....and far...and a good 15 min walk...then another 15 minutes in 80 degree heat to get into the venue....damn gente! Don't people know to shower before you go to the concerts.....

Finally making it in at about 2 pm...the first stop was another pit stop along the way....we needed to get familiar with an itinerary, the women, and the food so we hunted down the "info tent" to get the programs and all the freebies...afterwards we hit the Merchandising tables...particularly Naco Wear..We got the shopping out the way....there was one t-shirt design I needed to purchase....(I'll be wearing it to the "Estar Guars" screening we're having here at work..I'm sure It'll turn in some laughs with that one....oh well..que no jodan!!)...it was either that or the "Che-Pillin" shirt.

After the tent shopping we headed to "kill some time" ..One thing I did notice was the limited food stands..for the most part all they had were Pretzel and Lemonade stands; que paso aqui..In this time we decided to take in our first act...."Snow Patrol" on the main stage....@ 4:15...except for one thing: they only have one song we recognized and we weren't about to "pretend" to know what were listening to...especially in 80-85 degree weather...

so we retreated to the meditation tent called "the Dome" (no, not Richard Humpty Visions old Power Tools club)...this was the adventure...most people in there were there for 1 of 2 reasons: either 1. to take in full yoga and meditation...or 2. for the fact that it was Shaded and out of the sun.....we were in the for the latter one....We finally made it to our first performer at the Gobi tent next door...Jean Gray....she reminded me of an mix between "old skool" Queen Latifah attitude (before she went "Cover Girl)" with Lauren Hill lyrics.

From here we cut out early and headed to see the first "real" performer of the afternoon....Cafe Tacuba...I've heard so much about this band...and even seen some videos, but I didn't know what the "llanto" (ruckus) was all about...For this Ed (one of the three amigos) kept telling me how he was "going to the front"...in concert jargon this meant "fighting your way to the mosh in front of the band"....I've been doing this concert thing for over 16 years so I know the procedure...for this one though, call it my age, but I was staying mid pack...It was funny too to see all the "raza" flock to the stage along with us as it were a "mating call"...you could tell all the "gente" came together for that hour set....This band killed it on stage...the crowd knew their every move...song after song...joke after joke...and minute after minute...I liked it...it was off the "gancho"..."real performing," not this Ashlee Simpson moving of the lips drama....Everyone knew what was playing...good show....wow...salvaged the late afternoon somehow...

there were some hecklers who somehow were speaking in the native tongue of the bands antics...some of the more popular lines included:
~"Toca la que le guste a tu madre"
~"ponle gasolina, hijo"
and the recognizable
~"guey, no mameis..." in true rhyme fashion

Immediately following Cafe's show the same "raza" made it to the main stage to the end of the "Weezer" show...boring...Weezer use to be sooo good...now they're not...que paso?

At about 9:15 we ascended onto the main stage for what was one of my most prized moments of the night...watching the reunion of "Bauhaus"....funny I mention my history of concerts...it was 1989 when I last saw "most" of this band opening for the Cure @ Dodger Stadium....of course they were the side project called "Love & Rockets"...but same dark goth twist.

The one tune Bauhaus will always be known for is: (drum roll please)....."Bela Lugosi's Dead"...an homage/anthem to the great actor who popularized Dracula, Prince of Darkness...and aka. "Goliath " to the Goth nation....well...this was "kick off to a great hour set"....the best...particularly for the fact that Peter Murphy sang this song hanging upside down on a chain....kid you not!!! scary shit...

After a good 55 minute set...the stage was set up for the grand finale of Day 1: Coldplay....light up the "happy weedus"..

Chris Martin, lead singer, really knows how to connect with the crowd; belting out hit after hit...with dedications and notations in between each song....new songs included: "What If" and "Fix You"...they also played the favorites including: Square one (first song), Yellow, Clocks, Warning Sign, The Scientist, God Put a Smile on Your Face, Speed of Sound, Till Kingdom Come, In My Place, and I think it's called "Miss you"...they completely stole the night....even sang a song dedicated to the late "Johnny Cash"....

The show was great...good pick up towards the end....but then came the hardest part of these festival-type shows....the long walk to the car....I decided to just not think about it and walk...walk...and walk til I reached my car....and my friends....well....hmmmmm...aya ellos...

All i could say is...."we'll all reach my car somehow or another".....in the mean time...see ya...wouldn't want to be ya!!...and I'm out....

A short time later we all made it...now it was my time to shine and get us home quick....and so I did...minus the small detour to get to the freeway...it took me 2 hours and 2 minutes to get back...shattering the old record of 2 hours and 15 minutes last year....this of course at a moderate 90-100mph the whole way back....and free of pigs.

Thus, ending my great Coachella 2005 stop for this year.

I wish I would've stayed for Day 2...maybe one of you can pick it up from here~

About Miguel Mouchess:
If you want to see some pics of the Coachella Festival visit: http://mouchessgracias.blogspot.com/




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