Coachella 2012 Weekend 2, Saturday: Biggie “Hologram” Guests, Kaiser Chiefs’ Mid-Set Beer Run & Sia Surprises (Kind Of)
Congratulations, we've survived another day at the 104-degree Coachella Music Festival! The spirit of one-upsmanship was more apparent on Saturday as acts flexed their rolodexes to bring out some more surprise guests. But it seems the best guest stars have been the ones who are not really there. The Black Lips, in a very successful attempt to top their last set when lead singer Cole Alexander dropped trou and played his guitar with his wing wang, made a bid that even Snoop and Dre will have to work to top: A "hologram" Biggie Smalls. Well, not so much a hologram as a life-sized cardboard cutout of the deceased rapper. But hey, hologram Tupac was 2D as well, and as the band pointed out, their "hologram" you can actually touch! The cutout danced around to Smalls' "Hypnotize" as the crowd sang along and the rowdy Atlanta-based band shotgunned some more beers. Not bad for the achingly early 2:15pm slot, and not as painful to watch as junk hitting guitar strings.
In other guest news, French dj Martin Solveig had the rave tent going hands-up wild during his daytime set when he brought out Dragonette lead singer Martina Sorbara to perform their hit, "Hello," a.k.a. that song from that Trident commercial. The Canadian electropop singer roused the crowd in an all-white ensemble and gave some actual on-stage movement to the dj stage. The Shins' longing indie rock set welcomed back identical twins sisters The Watson twins to sing backup vocals as they did last weekend, and Miike Snow also had a repeat guest with Swedish songbird Lykke Li.
While guest performers are always a fun surprise, whether digital, cardboard or flesh, French house dj David Guetta had a little too much hype attached to his guest, after this journalist was passed the information that he had a "once in a lifetime" performance planned. With Usher guesting at Guetta's last set, what could be better: Madonna? Chris Brown? Nope, it was Sia. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Sia, but "once in a lifetime?" Not so much. Even Sia herself seemed to smirk when she mentioned it was the "first and last time" they'll perform together. The dj, whose biceps must be ripped from having his arms waving in the air more than on his laptop, played several of his pop collaborations with Kelly Rowland and Usher, along with mixing Avicii's "Levels" with every dj's favorite song to play, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." I wonder how Gotye, who is also playing Coachella, feels about hearing his song played multiple times by other acts, including during yesterday's mind-melting set by Swedish House Mafia. By the time that Sia came out for the final song of the set, much of the crowd had dispersed for the neighboring SBTRKT, but there was still some enthusiasm about her appearance as some rushed forward with cameras out. She sounded simply divine, dressed in a fuzzy coat to perform Guetta's latest single to come to America, "Titanium." It was certainly the most genuine performing seen during Guetta's set.