live performance of the year
Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:29 PM
Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:59 PM
Adam Freeland's review of RW:
Just back down to earth from an EPIC Coachella weekend.
Its the 4th time I've played the festival and it just keeps getting better.
The line up was just over the top. There were so many of my favorite artists I didn't get to see and a few I did.
I was gutted to have missed Dan Deacon, the funniest man in music. I was playing after Sebastian and Busy P so was focused on listening to them to make sure i didn't play the same tunes. Good job i did too!
Autolux were good as ever, but it felt way to early in the day to put a band of that caliber on a stage in the blazing sun. Watching MIA was like witnessing a Riot, such an amazing energy . Love n Rockets were great for nostalgias sake, but didnt sound particularly tight. Portishead were unexpectedly amazing. Soooooooo heavy and throbbing droney feedback joy. Totally my kind of thing. Prince was dissapointing. He's one of my heroes but It felt like he underestimated the Coachella crowd. Its one of the most loyal and knowledgeable music loving crowds there is and it felt like he was playing to a shopping mall audience.
Loads of other quality acts i half saw and heard.
But Roger Waters !!! OMG! (Admittedly I started the show on a high. My friends Shane and Bozza got married on the grass looking over the stage and as he kissed the bride Roger hit his first note of his show as if on perfect magical cue!. ) I have never witnessed such an awesome production on every level. Full surround sound around the entire crowd, throwing helicopters noises and 'If you don' eat your meat you cant have any pudding!' around your head. Unbelievably high definition visuals, a flying space man, a flying pig, a real airplane! which sprayed the crowd on perfect musical cue with a million tiny pieces of paper which read 'Obama √ ' ( well actually most of the contents of the plane missed the crowd and spread over the nearby town, but its was the thought that counts
All sounds like gimmicks but what made it so special is having listened to Pink Floyd albums a thousand times the production brought out the message behind the music that had largely passed me by. I've never had an experience like, it people were freaking out, screaming in disbelief at what was going on, kids that had stumbled past and just thought Pink Floyd were a stoner hippie band their parents listened to, were have serious revelations all around us. As it closed with a majestic pyrotechnical wallop, people reluctantly walked away gasping, all you could hear was the murmur amongst what seemed like everybody of "that was the best thing i've ever seen, that was the best thing i've ever seen,that was the best thing i've ever seen, Oh my God what just happened, that was the best thing i've ever seen" .Hate to sounds blasphemous to our electronic gods Daft Punk whose pyramid blew my mind ,but that show raised the bar on every level. I was semi high , but i walked away crying, bleating "Man, we just witness the beginning of the revolution!"
I spoke to some people non plussed about the gig only to find out they were watching from the VIP area, which was outside of the catchment of the 3D sound. LAMOS! (Note to self. 'Never ever judge a band unless you are down there with the crowd IN IT! ' Anyway Roger rant over.
I loved playing my gig too. I decided pretty last minute that just rocking up with a box of records wasn't really going to cut it. I was thinking ' I LOVE this festival,, they have shown me alot of love by booking me so many times, I needed to raise my game.' So I thought i'd go over the top. We got a whole posse of friends to wear Intergalactic choir Robes, rock inflatable 'F' balloons, come on stage to my intro of Rolling Stones "Give me Shelter' and stage dive. Most of them bottled the stage dive , the sight must have been ridiculous, we threw together some visuals with Johhny deKam and Bree and Richard Happy programmed a massive LED ticker in front of the decks, he sat their suited up on the bassbin in front of me, typing realtime mad rants at the crowd, we also had body popping Storm troopers and I made some special remixes and edits for the gig, like Data rock's Computer cab Aerodynamik, mashed up with 'O-B-A-M-A from a speak n spell (which by I've posted on the myspace player) I got a bit over exited by the whole thing and finished with a stage div to' We want your soul'. Looking at the pics, if quite chuffed with the air i caught on that one!
Wanted to send big love to everybody who came out, and in particular to all my Intergalactic space choir who decided not to take the Robes off all weekend and introduced themselves as 'Freeland fighters' . To every passer by who asked "what the fuck is the deal with those robes"
You peoples ROOOOOOOOOOOOL. Thankyou!
I see you by your dresser doing your make-up
Fluttering a Chinese fan in a Knoxville fashion
All last night you tossed and turned
Your body was hotter than the night Richmond burned
You say you had a bad nightmare about tractor trailers crashing - The Felice Brothers
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