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The 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back for a second weekend, and it has Prince on its mind. Artists ranging from soul legend Mavis Staples to reunited dance rockers LCD Soundsystem performed stirring tributes to the late, genre-hopping artist on Friday. Additionally, the festival grounds were awash in a purple glow, courtesy of some well-placed lighting from promoter Goldenvoice. What did Day 2 bring? An appearance by Dr. Dre in reunion of the surviving members of N.W.A. during Ice Cube's set, for one. Our writers and photographers are there so stay with us for live coverage from the Empire Polo Field.

Guns N' Roses came close to resembling dinosaurs in Vegas -- will Coachella offer a different look?

Guns N' Roses' current lineup features, from left, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Melissa Reese and Frank Ferrer. (Katarina Benzova)
Guns N' Roses' current lineup features, from left, Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Melissa Reese and Frank Ferrer. (Katarina Benzova)

In a review of a warm-up for the reunited Guns N' Roses in Las Vegas last weekend, Times staff writer Mikael Wood was impressed with the sound, but the visuals weren't all there with Axl Rose confined to a throne (on loan from Dave Grohl) to nurse a broken bone in his foot:

The resulting spectacle emphasized two seemingly contradictory points about Guns N' Roses. On one hand, the connection to Grohl, whose old band Nirvana famously delighted in antagonizing Rose, suggested that these former avatars of mainstream excess are now happily embraced by the edgy alternative culture that Coachella purports to represent.


The link made Guns N' Roses' booking at the festival — where it will play alongside hipster favorites such as LCD Soundsystem and EDM stars including Calvin Harris — slightly less jarring.


Yet Friday's concert also showed how fragile that newfound currency is. Deprived of Rose's crucial physicality, Guns N' Roses came close to looking like ordinary dinosaurs.

Mikael Wood, Times staff writer

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