AP NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill stood in federal court…
- Posted on Apr 16th 2011 11:20AM by Charley Rogulewski
When Hill finally joined her band on stage at 6:25PM (start time was 6:05PM) she wasted no time jumping on her big band's reggae beat. "Coachella!' Hill yelled, her raspy voice pumping up the crowd. "How you guys doing? You look marvelous! You look great! Can you hear me?" After receiving confirmation from her crowd, Hill told the audience it was time to "straighten out the energy in here" and launched into a cover of Bob Marley's 'Rastaman Chant.'
Amped would have been an understatement to describe Ms. Lauryn Hill onstage at Coachella 2011. When Hill won her five Grammys in 1999 for her solo debut, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,' the world fell in love with a neo-soul singer with hip-hop credentials. Back then, Hill could transition between 16-bars and her polished windpipes effortlessly -- especially on tunes like 'Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,' or even on the Fugees track 'Killing Me Softly.'
While Hill stepped out of the music limelight the last decade, and is only slowly beginning her comeback -- and what fans hope will lead to 'Miseducation''s long-awaited follow-up -- Hill's commanding croon has appeared to have lost its way. Instead, an enthusiastic sing-shout delivered at 200bpm replaced Hill's once-soulful voice on classics like 'Everything Is Everything,''Lost Ones' and 'Ex-Factor' during her Coachella set. The effect is still positive with those listening throwing up their arms in the air and dancing -- Spinner even spotted 'Jackass''s Bam Margera in the VIP area grooving along.
"How many Fugee fans do we have in the house tonight?" Hill shouted from the stage, before 'Fu-gee-la' and 'Ready or Not,' the latter which she started with only two minutes left in her set. Already running over her time limit, Hill, demanded, "It wouldn't be right to leave you without one more tune." Telling her band to pick things up even more, Hill charged through 'Doo Wop (That Thing.)' And, if you are wondering whether Hill's Coachella set was a hit or a miss, we provide this bit of information: Hill ended her set six minutes late ... and no one pulled the plug.
"Coachella!" Hill screamed. "I love you. We have to do this again."