Madonna sparks Coachella memories
Article by Jennifer King, Desert Post Weekly.
Madonna, that Material Girl and pop music icon, was the reason I traveled from Salt Lake City to last year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. I have always been a fan and couldn’t wait to finally see her perform live!
And I certainly did a lot of waiting! My friend Brent, sister Lisa and I camped out early in the day at the Sahara Tent where she was scheduled to perform. The three of us tried to lounge in the stifling heat, maintaining what we thought would be great Madonna-viewing spots. Not too close to the stage and elbowing crowds and yet not so far back we wouldn’t be able to see her first festival performance.
Throughout the day we would venture off in shifts. Brent and I went to see James Blunt while Lisa and I later enjoyed Matisyahu. The plan after Madonna was to also catch Coheed and Cambria, Scissor Sister and then conclude with Tool. It was a pretty great plan that worked out beautifully, for the most part.
Madonna, the diva that she is, kept her audiences waiting for some 25 minutes. We patiently waited and waited until she came onstage!
Again, thinking we had situated ourselves in the perfect location, behind a barrier with only the sound equipment in front of us, we were devastated and completely angered to see the hoards of press photographers stand right in our line of sight!
OK, so some of those photogs are now my co-workers, so I shouldn’t complain too loudly, but that, combined with her short set list, was a bit of a letdown. But no matter, I still got to see Madonna!
This year, sadly, I will be out of town during the Coachella Fest, but I do thank Madonna for introducing me to the event!
I will, however, be immersing myself in everything country as I work Stagecoach weekend!
Now where are my boots?