1st weekend of Coachella brings wind, guests (w/video)

  • Pharrell Williams performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Yet Williams couldn't be consoled: During "Get Lucky," the Grammy-winning Daft Punk hit he sang and co-wrote, he simply hung his head and allowed his recorded vocal to carry the song for him. Next weekend at Coachella's encore run, he said, he'd make up for the performance even if he had to wear a gas mask.

It wasn't all such a waste.

2014 Coachella Music And Arts Festival


Williams opened the gig with an appealingly slinky version of his other Daft Punk collaboration, "Lose Yourself to Dance," then led his band through the stuttering funk of "Come Get It Bae," from his recent solo disc, "G I R L." His old solo tune "Frontin'" was fun, as Williams tried out some of the pelvic thrusts that might be pop stardom's second-most-important requirement.

He brought out Nelly to do "Hot in Herre," then Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy to do "Pass the Courvoisier Part II" -- both decade-old hip-hop hits that still sound like visions of pop's future.

Tyler, the Creator, from L.A.'s Odd Future, jumped onstage during "Lapdance," by Williams' psychedelic rap-rock band N.E.R.D. And there was Snoop Dogg, in no particular hurry to get anywhere as the relaxed thump of "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Beautiful" filled the desert air.

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