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Coachella 2011: Prince makes an appearance -- well sorta

April 17, 2011 | 12:00 pm


It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s Prince? Not quite in the flesh, but the Purple One did let his presence be known to Coachella in a flashy way a mile above the Polo Field in Saturday night. As aerial advertisements pimped products all day long that few would remember, one plane caught the attention of festival-goers as it flew up above after night had fallen. 

Leave it to Prince to use a large aircraft to issue a gentle reminder of his 21-night stand in Los Angeles. 

The advertisement didn’t take the typical approach by writing the message in the sky or tugging around a banner. Instead, the show was plugged by way of flashing LED lights on the bottom of the plane. With the intensity of the lights, it was tough to miss (though challenging to capture on a point-and-shoot camera).

Last week, Prince sent a jolt through the music world when he phoned in to “Lopez Tonight” to announce that he would be taking over the Forum for a 21-night residency that was to begin Thursday -- and causing a panic for fans who had already committed to Coachella. But, then, they had their opportunity at Coachella in 2008, when Prince headlined. Plus, there are still 18 more chances in Los Angeles.


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy


Photo: Prince at Coachella in 2008. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times