Muse, Pharrell headline Coachella amid dust storm

Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:25am EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

INDIO, California (Reuters) - British rockers Muse and R&B singer Pharrell served up musical highlights at the Coachela Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday amid windy weather and cooler temperatures.

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy delivered high-energy performances of the bands hits songs including "Hysteria," "Resistance," and "Magic," but a large portion of the Coachella crowd left the field early as high winds swept sand and dust across the festival field.

Muse performed a catalogue of its hits including "Time is Running Out," and "Starlight," where Bellamy walked through the crowd and climbed onto a platform among the audience during the song.

The band also sang a cover of grunge rock band Nirvana's "Lithium," dedicating it to Nirvana's late lead singer Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide 20 years ago.

Festival goers in the desert town of Indio, California, were alerted by text message of high winds on the field.

Ahead of Muse, R&B singer Pharrell brought uptempo tracks to the festival, kicking his set off with "Lose Yourself To Dance," his collaboration with French electronic music duo Daft Punk.

The singer sang some of his older hits with his group N.E.R.D., such as "Lapdance" and "She Likes To Move" and songs from his new album "GIRL" such as "Marilyn Monroe."

The 41-year-old singer got the crowd dancing with his 2013 hit collaborations, including "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and "Get Lucky," with Daft Punk. Pharrell performed both solo on Saturday.   Continued...

Lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 12, 2014. Picture taken April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni