With the annual music mecca known as Coachella looming this weekend, some of the most popular DJs on L.A.’s legendary KROQ radio station gathered around the studio to share a few of their favorite festival memories over the years for this episode of Radio.com Inside Out.
Muse’s galvanizing headlining set in 2010 was among the DJs’ favorite moments, and received top marks across the board as one for the ages.
“They came out and they started with ‘Uprising,’ and this crowd of – I don’t know if it was 80,000 or 90,000 – they went bananas,” Stryker said. “Everyone knew every word. At a festival, it can’t be that intimate. But when Muse started, it felt intimate.”
“You know during ‘Starlight’ there’s that [clapping part], that thing? Well, everybody around me was not sober, and it was like a bunch of people swatting flies all over the place,” joked DJ Nicole Alvarez of Muse’s 2010 show. “The set just goes on, and they did this Nirvana cover into ‘Knights of Sedonia’ and faces started melting.”
“So when Tupac comes out, one girl to the left of me was like, ‘I think the ‘shrooms are kicking in, because I think I see Tupac,” Alvarez said. “I couldn’t see, because there were so many people in front of me. So I’m just laughing at her, like, ‘Ha ha, she’s on drugs, whatever.’ Then I finally saw him with my own eyes right when they kicked into ‘2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,’ and I’m like, ‘That’s pretty cool – technology!’”
“The great thing about Snoop and Dr. Dre was they were at festival where you have bands from Muse and Mumford and Sons and the Black Keys, but they got just as much love if not more,” added Stryker.