C Lo Green
April 17, 2011 by Post Team
C Lo Green, First Day of 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival had a difficult start for a couple of acts on the main stage. One left the stage to throw in the towel – literally – and the other managed an impressive start, to the amazement of the audience.
Cee-Lo Green, who has been all over the airwaves recently in his latest incarnation of “The Murderer of the Virgin,” was 30 minutes late for his final game in the afternoon. The desert sun was still burning at: 20 pm when he finally made his appearance, and Atlanta-based R & B / pop singer was quick to complain its slot during the day. He played five songs – including the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy” and what he likes to call “adult version” of his Grammy-nominated single “F *** You.”
His set was scheduled to end at: 40 pm. At 5:44 – just as she was apologizing to people for being late, saying it was not his fault because his plane had landed only – the audio from your microphone was cut off abruptly. Large screens on either side of the stage showed Cee-Lo continue to talk, and his band to continue playing but no sound came from the speakers. Finally, put a white towel on top of his bald head, left the stage, and threw in the towel on the floor – not to be seen again for Friday’s hearing Coachella.
A festival spokesman has not responded to CNN asked for an explanation, and representatives of Cee-Lo, have not offered a statement, either. His comments were censored, or was simply a matter of an artist run over their allotted time? If the latter, this is not the first time the Coachella organizers have pulled the plug on the acts that had been delayed. In, The Libertines – with British bad boy Pete Doherty – were abruptly switched off after three songs when he had a late start.
We understand the need to keep things on time when the acts are multiple in the rotation during the course of the day, but get this – after Cee-Lo cleared the stage for the passage of Lauryn Hill, who had minutes late! However, the former star of The Fugees was allowed to finish their set – apparently with the blessing of the party – despite running 10 minutes after their allotted time.
Hill – who has been on the way back after a self-imposed exile from the music industry – he rushed on stage with a dress shop stripes and a black hat, after his 13-piece band had been in place and save time. Most were in support of the festival, however, a bit wary, given their reputation for unpredictable behavior. Some fans wondered if Miss Lauryn Hill would be the 2011 version of last year debaucle Sly Stone, where the famous erratic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, missed his set, then was late for his performance rescheduled. He then proceeded to fall asleep on your keyboard, before disappearing without explanation in the middle of your program.
But Hill proved to be one of the highlights of Friday’s surprise line-up. After working through a frustrating round of comments from your microphone, 35-year-old R & B star took command of the stage, singing with vigor and intensity that showed why his 1998 debut album solo, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” earned her five Grammy Awards and became a leading force in popular music. In Coachella, who played two songs from The Fugees, Bob Marley cover and ended with a sing-along of his most famous song, “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
As they left the stage amid applause, Hill told the crowd seriously, “We love you. We I have this more often.”
Other main stage acts are people pleasers. Ohio blues duo, the Black Keys played a lively game, unadorned. They were followed by friends, Kings of Leon, who led the night with a confidence that only comes from packaging of large areas at night. This was the concert of the Kings for the first time since the drummer Nathan Followill hurt his arm, forcing the quartet to cancel a month of performances.
At the Grammys in February, told CNN: “I tore my biceps and my labrum in the old gym we’re out for a while, but Coachella -. I can not wait for that.”
Followill played show on Friday night with his arm in a sling, but certainly not refrained from attacking his drum kit. Kings of Leon more or less divided the list between his 2008 album, “Only By The Night” and his latest album, “Come Around Sundown.” In fact, the cover of “Come Around Sundown” – featuring a pair of palm trees – seemed to presage his Coachella concert. In the last notes of “Black Thumbnail” thundered on the stage, dozens of palm trees swayed in the distance to the desert breeze.
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