"Last week the desert got me, but not this time!"
Pharrell Williams looked out on the enormous crowd that erupted in hoots and cheers as he declared his victory against the fickle Indio weather. "You ready to have fun?" he shouted. Once again, the almost unmanageably large congregation unanimously approved Williams' newfound confidence as he strutted across the casually-named "Outdoor Stage" on Saturday night. After a series of disappointing technical difficulties and a weak voice during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival, the beloved singer-songwriter-producer-rapper-musician-fashion-designer-composer-hat-wearer knew he had to triumph over the elements. With his intricate light show working and a cavalcade of special guests that included T.I., Usher and Jay Z, Pharrell went all out, making sure not to waste this second chance.
It seems that the sage saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" was on the tips of the tongues of many of the acts performing at Coachella this year. Reports of lackluster sets, whining, taunting and bad attitudes floated around the web worrying festival goers and promoters alike. And while we can never be completely sure of what happened within the walls of the Polo Field in the weekdays sandwiched between the two festivals, by the time the second Coachella Friday rolled around, the "do over" button was pushed and left everyone scratching their heads asking “What problems?” as their favorite artists tore the desert stages up.