All photos by Chris Garmon
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg closed out the 2012 Coachella Festival with the help of a few guest stars (50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar), and their deep catalog of ‘remember this one’ hits like “California Love” and “Deep Cover.” The set was relentlessly focused on good vibes, but Dre and Snoop also paid tribute to their late comrade Nate Dogg with a video montage soundtracked by one of his filthiest songs. He would have wanted it that way.
In addition to the stoned bears of Dre and the relentless bounce of Justice and Girl Talk, various strains of punk ruled the day, the high kicking Wild Flag being only one energetic example. Though Cedric Bixler flubbed several At The Drive In lyrics, the reunited Texas group sounded as unhinged as ever. But it was another dormant group that walked away with the day. The Hives have been inactive since 2008, but The Swedes have not lost a step. Motormouth frontman Pelle told the crowd they’d soon be in the palm of his hand almost as soon as they started. By the end of their set, he had nearly the entire sitting down and then jumping up towards the end of “Tick Tick Boom.” point taken, Pelle.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
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