In an instant, the entire mood of Coachella’s second weekend has been recast. The death of Prince means that both attendees and artists will be thinking throughout about the legacy, passion and genius of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Local Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun has a look back at Prince’s 2008 performance at the festival:
Prince took the stage just after 11:10 p.m. in an explosion of purple mist and smoke, strutting in a white suit trimmed with fat silver studs. His set began with some familiar faces, like Morris Day, who joined the singer for a medley that included “Jungle Love,” and Sheila E, who sang “Glamourous Life,” then played an extended and vicious jam on the drums.
Prince flaunted well-known classics like “I Feel For You,” “1999,” “U Got the Look,” and a slowed-down, gentle “Little Red Corvette,” as well as some relatively modern hits like, “Cream,” “Musicology,” and “Seven.”
Throughout the set, Prince played coy with the crowd, shouting, “Tell me that you’re ready now,” and “What’s my name?”
Prince played for two hours, with a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” surfacing anew online at the end of last year. He ended his set with “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette” and the emphatic kind of statement often heard from performers at the event: “Coachella, we love you.” This weekend, Coachella will love him back, with quite possibly some major surprise guests dropping by to join scheduled headliners. Sprinkled in with, no doubt, some inspired Prince covers.