[Coachella Review] Night 1: Brandon Flowers, The Aquabats, Flogging Molly And More

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Aquabats at Coachella

Aquabats at Coachella

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[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brandon Flowers[/lastfm] showed up to the Outdoor stage at Coachella Friday night with a little surprise for everyone, his friends Mark Stoermer and Dave Keuning from his usual band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Killers[/lastfm] came on stage to join him for a few song. The crowd went nuts as they broke into their song “Read My Mind” and began rushing the stage. The surge continued all the way through the next song, their hit “Mr. Brightside.”

The rest of Brandon Flowers’ set was fairly familiar to those of us who’ve seen him before; but I guess when your catalog of solo music only includes one album you don’t really have much to work with. His song “Crossfire” sounded great as usual.

Next up was Orange County superheroes [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Aquabats[/lastfm], whose set included a 25-foot inflatable dinosaur coming out and attacking them while they fought them off with fire extinguishers. Also spotted was Danny Devito, who was elevated on a lift in front of the excited crowd.

The Aquabats came out to chants of “Aquabats” from the crowd, which was a mixture of both young and old. When the band stopped by the KROQ Coachella house on Friday, Crash McLarson said that they had been working on their set for a long time and that they had a bunch of surprises for Coachella. After starting their set off with a few songs off their latest album Hi-Five Soup, which came out in January. Out of nowhere, a bunch of inflatable characters came out to join the band during their song “B.F.F.!”

McLarson also mentioned a giant inflatable dinosaur would be making an appearance. He wasn’t kidding.

The rest of their set included guys in black, full-body leather suits, a boogie board floating around the top of the crowd, and a small riser that had their guitarist playing a crazy solo above the rest of the band, and at the end of the set, Danny Devito popped out from backstage and was lifted up to a crowd who started going nuts.

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Flogging Molly[/lastfm] closed out the Outdoor stage Friday night with a rowdy, high-energy performance. They played both new songs and old, including their hit “Requiem For A Dying Song” which had the crowd and pit going wild. There were tons of girls dancing along to the tunes, and plenty of guys moshing around in the pit. Flogging Molly is best at keeping the energy level at a maximum, and they showed that as they powered through song after song. They wrapped up their set as it approached 1am and closed down a great first day at Coachella.

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