COACHELLA KICKS OFF

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PIXIES, RADIOHEAD, KRAFTWERK, and DESERT SESSIONS kicked off CALIFORNIA’s COACHELLA festival yesterday (May 1) in front of a star-studded audience.

Jack Black, Alicia Silverstone, The Mars Volta’s singer Cedric Bixler, Neve Campbell and Rosanna Arquette were amongst the celebrities who turned up for the first day of the music event.

Temperatures blazed to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the desert location, 130 miles outside of Los Angeles, but tens of thousands of people including former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs braved the heat.

The day’s highlight was the Pixies’ evening set, which preceded Radiohead’s closing performance. The group played for an hour on the main stage to a swelled crowd with a set list featuring the tracks ‘Monkey Gone to Heaven’, ‘Debaser’, and ‘Here Comes Your Man’.

Earlier in the day, the band held a press conference backstage and frontman Frank Black -otherwise known as Black Francis – spoke on why the band decided to reform.

“I made a joke to someone and then the joke got taken kind of serious. Everyone was asking us “When are you going to do the reunion?”, so we were like “Well, I guess we should do it if everyone thinks we should do it anyway,” he said.

Newly red-haired Brody Dalle took to the stage to perform with the Desert Sessions ensemble which also featured Queens Of The Stone Age singer Josh Homme, Chris Goss, Gene Troutman and Tim Van Hammel of Millionaire.

The festival continues today (May 2) with performances from The Cure, Bright Eyes, The Flaming Lips, The Cooper Temple Clause and Basement Jaxx.

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