Coachella 2011: Aquabats make dragons and Danny DeVito appear onstage
Nowhere was that more apparent in their Friday night set than in the performance of "Lucky Dragon Lady." In case the title doesn't quite give it away, this slice of kooky balladry about two dragons in love was one of the more memorable tracks from their latest full-length effort "Hi-Five Soup!" released in January.
The band took the stage at the Mojave tent around 9:30 p.m. A barrage of acid-trip cartoon video projections combined with lyrics like "I’m a dragon, You’re a dragon, we’re flyoneers in a covered wagon" made this song a classic Aquabats moment.
Then they took it up a notch. Before song's end, frontman Christian Jacobs (a.k.a. the MC Bat Commander) summoned onto the stage a life-size version of the dog-headed dragon Atreyu from the '80s fantasy film "The Never Ending Story."
One thing fans probably weren't counting on was a legendary beast of a different sort. A party animal otherwise known as Danny DeVito. After segueing their dragon tale into the 1997 AB classic,"Super Rad," the actor hopped onstage before the final chorus came around, decked out in shorts, a hat and black shades.
A noted Coachella regular, he was expected to make a cameo at some point. A superhero ska show was an interesting choice. As the clock reached midnight, no doubt he was flopping around in a rave tent near you.
-- Nate Jackson
Photo: MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters