Coachella acts Billie Eilish, Tame Impala and Weezer revive rock music's golden era in their performances
Crowds could not contain their excitement when Billie Eilish, Tame Impala and Weezer recreated the rock of the golden era between the 60s and the 90s at the first weekend of Coachella
Rock is not a thing of the past, or so it definitely looked like as the first weekend of Coachella Festival came to a close on Sunday night. The festival venue at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, was ablaze through the first weekend of the festival — from April 12 to 14 — not just as artistes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala headlined the event, but also after a fire temporarily caused havoc. Crowds went berserk as the headliners performed on stage, but the excitement went to another level when Billie Eilish, Tame Impala and Weezer recreated the rock of the golden era from the 60s to 90s period at the festival on Saturday.
Billie Eilish debuted during one of the prime slots at the Festival this year. In a performance that seemed like a reincarnation of an old-school punk-rock performance, the 17-year-old chart-topping artiste drove crowds crazy with her erratic vocals and vigor. She performed her hit single 'Bury a Friend', perched on a bed suspended in mid-air, as crowds occupied every inch of the Outdoor Theatre, also known as the second stage. A 30-minute technical delay for Eilish's act to hit the stage did not seem to bother the artiste in the least as she took off with her performance with 'Bad Guy' and 'My Strange Addiction', from her debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?'. In classic rock tradition, Eilish sprang around the stage in her white high-tops and oversized streetwear, and the pulsating crowd just could not contain their excitement.
Tame Impala, Saturday's headliner, hit the desert with psychedelic rock music, bringing a perfect end to the day. The performance was flawlessly executed but left the crowd hungry for more. The Australian outfit that sub-headlined for ACDC in 2015 brought only two new singles — 'Patience' and 'Borderline' — to the table on Saturday. Opening with 'Let It Happen', the rest of the performance was mostly repetitions from the band's previous shows from the last four years. The crowd was held engaged by Parker's enthralling vocals and the trippy visual effects in bright pinks, blues and reds.
Alternative rock band Weezer, which played before Tame Impala on the main stage, was quite a moving performance this year at Coachella. Rivers Cuomo and his mates went on a throwback streak, dressed up in suits and wigs as a barbershop quartet, opening with 'Beverly Hills'. They followed with Bill Haley’s 'Rock Around the Clock' and then went on to officially begin, wig-free, with their 1994 single 'Buddy Holly'.
This seemed to be the moment when the crowd really recognized the band. But their real moment of nostalgia-inducing glory at the festival this year was when they plunged into their last song for the night — their famous cover of Toto's 'Africa'. "You never know. This could be the last time Weezer gets to play Coachella," Cuomo said towards the end of their set, "so we really appreciate you kickin' it tonight."
Coachella weekend two will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California from April 19 to 21.