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Photos and Notes By Christopher Victorio
What could compel a photographer to head back into hell? Temperatures for Coachella soared at 96 degrees, and the Stagecoach weekender promised more of the same.
For two straight weekends, music lovers camped out at Indio, CA's Empire Polo Field, pumping much appreciated dough into the small town economy. April brought in names like Jack Johnson, Prince, Kraftwerk, Portishead and Roger Waters while May kicked off with the Eagles, the Judds, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw. There was much merrymaking at Stagecoach, but not everyone was in the best of spirits...
"Fuck this, fuck this festival!" muttered Shelby Lynn (who could possibly be dubbed country's Avril Lavigne), giving the fans by the stage the bird several times during her set.
Lynn was irritated by the fact that the rich attendees could afford the reserved stage-side seating while the diehard fans were behind a barricade 150 feet back near the sound board. Those reserved seats were empty at 4 in the afternoon. "It's a festival! You should stand wherever you want to!"
Mike Ness of Social Distortion took on a country persona and brought some twangy flavor to SD faves "Rest of Our Lives" and "Ball and Chain." He also did "The Devil in Ms. Jones" (Hank Williams Jr.), "Cheating at Solitaire," a new song called "I Think I'll Stay," and lastly, finishing off with a dedication to indicted OC Sheriff Michael Carona (j/k Waylon Jennings), "I Fought the Law." Who enjoyed it backstage? Adrian Young of No Doubt was on the side nursing a brew or two.
Glen Campbell has been around for decades. His face shows the tarnish of traveling and singing, but with a few modern hits by other bands, you can see he still shines. He opened up with "Try a Little Kindness," but did covers such at U2's "All I Want Is You" and the Foo Fighters' "Times Like These" right after. And he nailed it!
The Eagles crossed over not too long ago, but their rock-n-roll music from a few decades ago added a little twang in the meantime. They are in a grey area of music, "soft-country." What a show it was! Fans parked blankets and chairs early enough to get a good seat. It packed back to the food court behind the sound stage.
Here's the complete set list:
Busy Being Fabulous
I Don't want to Hear
Guilty of Crime
Peaceful Easy Feeling
I Can't Tell You Why
One of these Nights
Boys of Summer
In the City
The Long Run
Life's Been Good
Life in the Fast Lane
All She Wants to do is Dance
Take it Easy