Public Enemy performed their landmark 1988 album ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ in its entirety at the Coachella Festival last night (April 19).
When veteran hip-hop band took the stage in front of a huge audience at the Outdoor Theatre, Flavor Flav asked the crowd, “Coachella are you ready?” The crowd roared back in response, excited to see the hip-hop veterans performing at Coachella for the very first time.
“‘It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ — we’re gonna perform the whole mother fuckin album from start to finish!” the MC shouted, adding, “It’s the twentieth anniversary of ‘Fight The Power!’“, their classic tune, which the band played at the end of their set.
Public Enemy displayed tremendous energy throughout the night, dancing and hopping across the stage, and Flavor Flav climbed up the scaffolding on the side of the stage to rile up the crowd. Audience members jumped up and down with their fists in the air.
The shoegazing legends, who were rumoured to be reuniting for last year’s Coachella Festival, waited until this year to bring their full-scale attack on the senses to Coachella-goers.
“Hello, people who have come to Coachella,” frontman Kevin Shields said when greeting the crowd. Guitarists Shields and Bilinda Butcher mesmerised the crowd with their classic tunes ‘Soon’ and ‘Only Shallow’.
The band created a hypnotic effect with strobe lights and their trademark deafeningly loud screeching guitars, causing many to listen with their hands covering their ears. They focused heavily on their landmark 1991 album ‘Loveless’ and ended their set with their trademark 15 minutes of noise toward the end of ‘You Made Me Realise’.
Earlier in the day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs dominated the main stage, performing several tracks from their dance-friendly new album ‘It’s Blitz’, plus a cover of The Cramps[/a]’ [b]’Human Fly’.
Wearing a gold sequined dress over turquoise leggings, frontwoman Karen O appeared to be almost in a trance and mesmerised the massive crowd while Brian Chase pounded on the drums and Nick Zinner slashed on guitar.
A giant inflated eyeball adorned the stage, and the crowd tossed around beach balls decorated like eyeballs throughout the band’s early-evening set at golden-hour as the sunset over the mountains.
“This is our love song,” Karen O said when introducing ‘Maps’. She then dedicated the song to all the band’s loves as well as the “Sunday Coachella crowd”.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played:
‘Heads Will Roll’
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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