Wu Tang make the Coachella crowd go wild despite a dramatic sandstorm
Of all the natural phenomena that could have threatened Wu Tang’s performance at Coachella, a sandstorm was the most ridiculous, and therefore, the most appropriate. The rap-group certainly overcame that obstacle to deliver a dominant performance.
"No disrespect to none of y'all," Raekwon reportedly told the audience during the set on Sunday night, "but we came to steal this sh--tonight." They then went on to play all their hits to an adoring crowd. Adoring doesn’t really cover it; they were raucous (but still adoring). A tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard included renditions of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Brooklyn Zoo," respectively. On Friday (April 12), they announced that their new LP, A Better Tomorrow, will be released in July. It's their first album as a complete group since 2007's 8 Diagrams, which didn’t go down well with the fans and critics alike. Ghostface – perhaps the most successful soloist form the group – has new material out too. His new album, Twelve Reasons to Die, is in stores tomorrow and the group will be back at Coachella for its second performance next weekend.
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Elsewhere, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers played, what the LA Times considered, “an ordinary gig.” Their write up on the concert talked of the dramatic sandstorm, and the levity of the situation. “So what did Kiedis and his bandmates do to mark the moment? They played what amounted to an ordinary gig.” Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis said: "I feel like I'm going to go home and fill up a sandbox for my small child."