Coachella 2022 Saturday: 68_freckle removal video

Lyndsey ParkerLyndsey Parker·Editor in Chief, Yahoo Music·8 min readIn this article:
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  • Danny ElfmanDanny ElfmanAmerican composer and musician
  • Billie EilishBillie EilishAmerican singer-songwriter
Danny Elfman performs at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 16, 2022. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
Danny Elfman performs at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 16, 2022. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Three years ago, a 17-year-old rising artist named Billie Eilish stunned with a career-making “#Billiechella” Saturday set on Coachella’s second stage, during which she modestly told the packed field, “I don’t deserve this at all!” Since then, much has happened: Eilish has won seven Grammys and an Oscar and has become the voice of her generation, and of course, Coachella has been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This weekend, as both Eilish and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival itself returned to Indio’s Empire Polo Club for the first time since 2019, Eilish had arguably the best slot of the entire lineup — this time headlining Saturday’s mainstage — but she remained as humble as ever, insisting, “Dude, this is so weird! I should notbe headlining this s***!” Eilish even relinquished her set’s biggest moment to a Coachella elder statesman, Blur’s Damon Albarn, whom she credited with changing her life.

At age 20, Eilish added another achievement to her ever-lengthening résumé Saturday, as she became the youngest headliner in Coachella history. But there was anotherelder statesman making an even more triumphant return of sorts: legendary former Oingo Boingo frontman-turned-film composer Danny Elfman, whose epic “Boingo to Batman and Beyond” Outdoor Stage set marked, as he put it, “My first time onstage as ‘myself’ in 27 years.”

Elfman, who at age 68 was the oldestartist playing the usually youth-obsessed Coachella festival this year, does occasionally perform with orchestras — notably at his famous Nightmare Before Christmassymphony shows, which actually featured a cameo by Eilish as that beloved Tim Burton film’s Sally last Halloween season. But he has refrained from playing regular rock concerts for nearly three decades, due to his severe tinnitus. In fact, in 2014 he told Yahoo Entertainment, “When I stopped doing Oingo Boingo, I knew that I would never get on that kind of concert stage ever in my life again without totally destroying my hearing — what was left of it.” However, after releasing the dystopian lockdown opus Big Mess(his first solo album since 1984) in June 2021, Elfman seemed newly inspired and finally ready to emerge from semi-retirement.

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