For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Did you hear Coachella 2013 tickets go on sale this Thursday?! We compiled a fantasy list of headliners we'd like to see. Who would you most want to catch live?
1. David Bowie
Surprisingly, the Thin White Duke hasn't graced the Coachella stages before, but we think he'd be the perfect holy grail performer for the masses. Picture him returning to his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane era look and performing one of those albums in full, and tell us this isn't the best idea ever.
This super producer is an underground R&B legend in the making with a fascinating solo career and friends in very, very high places (think Rihanna and Beyonce) that he could use as surprise special guest stars. Dude never tours but is a complete showman on stage (I saw him in April at New Parish, so I can attest), fronting a live band like a complete rock star and giving sermons about how people need to have more sex and quit fighting so much. Perfect for the hipster/hippied-out crowd wandering the desert.
3. Black Sabbath
This year started out with big news of a Sabbath reunion and world tour, along with their first album of new material in over 30 years. After getting so excited I nearly gave myself a heart murmur, their "reunion" fizzled into an "Ozzy & Friends" type of touring act, thanks to drummer Bill Ward's legal hissy fits and guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis. If they could just get it together for one or two performances, the world might change. Having seen both Heaven & Hell (Dio-era Sabbath) and Ozzy solo, I know it would be one hell of a show.
This early 70s space rock band were known for their insanely acid-fried, marathon psychedelic performances complete with naked women, out-of-this-world synthesizers, trippy visuals and light shows and intense riffs and drones designed specifically to make you feel like you're hurtling through space. Their former bassist, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, has said before that if they hadn't kicked him out in 1975, that he'd still be in the band to this day. Picture it all happening under the desert moon a tthe height of Coachella mania.
5. Velvet Underground
These are the original punks, the baddest, leather-clad bunch in rock who may or may not still think they are too cool for something like Coachella. In my perfect world, they'd perform The Velvet Underground & Nico in its entirety, with a hologram (oh, sorry, "optical illusion," as its now being called) of the ethereal Nico making appearances on songs like "Femme Fatale," "All Tomorrow's Parties," and "I'll Be Your Mirror." Their encore would be a 20-minute long version of their face melter "Sister Ray."