Coachella 2012 Weekend 2, Sunday: Hologram Tupac Fails To Impress, Thom Yorke Pops Up At Modeselektor
The massive music cram session that was the Coachella Music Festival 2012 is officially over and we've survived! Seeing the festival out, headliners Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre gave a phenomenal performance, despite it being identical to the one they did the weekend prior, superstar guests and all. While it's completely normal to repeat sets and even on-stage chatter for the multiple shows on a tour, there was something about the new fangled-ness of a two-weekend Coachella that had fans expecting something different the second time around. Nevertheless, watching Snoop and Dre perform their classics like "Nuthin' but a G Thang," "Gin and Juice" and "California Love," (which one would expect the Tupac hologram to appear for) was an unmatchable experience. But an unexpected disappointment occurred when the tilted glass contraption lowered and the much-awaited Tupac hologram rose up on stage. For some odd reason, the crowd seemed underwhelmed by the appearance, cheering surprisingly little considering the hype surrounding the resurrection last weekend. In fact, after hologram Tupac dissipated into the afterlife, Dre had some difficulty getting the crowd to give it up for Tupac, having to call out three times for the audience to make some noise with little success.
With countless articles and tweets about every minutiae available about the Tupac hologram, the crowd response didn't add up. Perhaps this was due to week's show being available to watch online and Tupac's identical digital performance was in a way like merely playing a video on stage. The hologram still looked incredible in person as it did online, but this writer felt like the only one cheering for Pac, like a parent cheering for Tree #4 in a school play. Dre and Snoop may have to rethink their plans for a tour with hologram Tupac, at least how to keep his performance fresh throughout the tour. Still, a lineup with Snoop, Dre, plus possibly 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Kurupt, Warren G, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, with or without hologram Tupac, is a pretty unmissable show.
For those who were willing to look past the hologram Tupac hype, they were lavishly rewarded for staying 'til the end of Modeselektor's overlapping set. Certainly the most exciting appearance at the festival's second Sunday, the German electronic duo invited Radiohead's Thom Yorke to appear in the relatively small Mojave tent for their last song. Modeselektor had collaborated with Yorke for two songs last year, and as a trio they performed their deconstructed IDM track "Shipwreck" with Yorke live-tackling the song's falsetto and heavily sliced up vocals. For those who somehow have no interest in seeing the legendary pillars of rap past and present, Swedish dj/bro-god Avicii changed up the seemingly static dj box for an enormous, pretty terrifying head. There was a tinge of hope that Madonna would make an appearance during his set as she did at the Ultra Music Festival this year, but the avid businesswoman must've known it wouldn't be wise to compete with Dre and Snoop's sprawling audience turnout.