Saturday, April 18, 2009

Coachella Friday 10:00pm

Franz were ok - I kind of feel they have been playing the same set for the last 4 years. Sure, they bring in some different tunes like 'Ulysses' but the set is still built around soungs like 'Matinee' and 'Take me out' from the first album...

Leonard Cohen was great - the band and backing singers stylishly dressed in grey suits, white shirts and various headwear. The legendary Cohen was on fine form as he cruised through a selection of his best loved songs including 'Who by fire', 'First we take Manhattan' and the seminal 'Hallelujah'... The highlight for me though was the classic 'Bird on a wire'.

Back over to the main stage for Morrissey, who aired the usual smattering of Smiths songs, which tonight included a disappointingly unjangly 'This Charming Man', a reasonable 'Girlfriend in a coma', a spritely 'Ask', a half-hearted 'Some girls are bigger than others' and set closer 'How soon is now'. Moz seemed unhappy with the sound throughout and even disappeared off-stage at one point due to "the smell of burning flesh" - hey, if the wind picks up you are bound to catch the whiff of a burger or two... Highlights were actually the songs from new album 'Years of Refusal'...

Paul McCartney closed the main stage in style. Predictably brilliant and kind of boring having seen him a couple of years ago. I'm sorry - did you want me to stick around and listen to Fire Engine songs?

Franz doing their thing:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey... Franz was the only band on stage with some energy - you can always count on them to make you dance.