Coachella 2014: Top Weekend Two Collaborations

posted by Dan Murphy on April 21, 2014

Arcade Fire by David Brennan Hall / The Hollywood Reporter

Indio, California -- The fifteenth Coachella Music and Arts Festival has now come to a close, and it's safe to say that fans were more than satisfied with this season's first big festival. The first weekend collaborations set the bar pretty high, so it was a pleasant surprise when folks like Pharrell, Nas, and Arcade Fire delivered awesome special guests once again. It seems the festival staff have become more diligent about keeping the livestream rips off of the Internet, so this week we're bringing photos and fan videos of some of our favorite collabs from Coachella Weekend Two. 

Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements

The Replacements and Billie Joe Armstrong by Kevin Fitzgerald / CV Independent

Old school punks The Replacements took the stage for their Friday-night set joined by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong who would play guitar for most of the show. It looked like lead singer and guitar player Paul Westerberg needed some help as he spent most of the set on a couch on-stage due to back problems. Both Armstrong and bassist Tommy Stinson donned matching plaid suits. 

Pharrell (Almost) Does It Again

Pharrell must have caused worry for weekend two ticketholders after so many special guests showed up for his first set. How could he possibly top it? Well... he didn't, but it was still a valiant effort with some awesome surprises. 

The main highlight was the inclusion of four songs with Jay Z towards the end of the set, who was mysteriously absent from last week's performance even though he appeared earlier in the day with Nas. The two played "Frontin'," "Excuse Me Miss," "La-La-La," and "I Just Wanna Love U" before Pharrell closed with "Get Lucky" and "Happy."

Pharrell and TI via Associated Press

Earlier in the set, Pharrell brought out T.I. for the 2013 Robin Thicke smash hit "Blurred Lines" for which Mr. Williams took over lead vocals. 

He also managed to bring on Usher for the Neptunes-produced track "U Don't Have to Call" after brief appearances from Pusha T for the Clipse's "Grindin'" and Busta Rhymes for the only repeated collaboration from weekend one, "Pass the Courvoisier (Part II)." 

Nas Brings on Lauryn Hill

Last week, Nas wowed the Coachella audience with an unexpected Jay Z guest appearance, thus putting their feud to a definitive end. On Saturday, he impressed us again by bringing out Lauryn Hill to perform their 1996 collaboration "If I Ruled the World" before launching into The Fugees' "Ready or Not." The set also saw a guest spot from Damian Marley for "Welcome to Jamrock" and "Road to Zion." Marley and Nas last hit the Coachella stage in 2011 for a full collaboration set. 

Kid Cudi Brings Out HAIM and MGMT

Seemingly feeling left out of the collaboration circus that was Coachella's first weekend, Kid Cudi added a couple of guest spots into his second set. The first saw the girls from HAIM join him for Indicud's "Red Eye." 

Cudi then brought out members of MGMT for backup vocals on his hit track "Pursuit of Happiness" before going into the band's second single from Oracular Spectacular, "Time to Pretend."

Arcade Fire Brings Out Beck in a Pope Bobblehead/Are Massive Trolls

Arcade Fire has a pretty great track record at Coachella. This was the fourth year that they hit the Indio stages with their last appearance on the main stage being nothing short of heavenly. Last week, we saw Debbie Harry of Blondie join them on-stage for "Heart of Glass." Yesterday's guest spot was a bit more mysterious, as a figure in a Pope Francis bobblehead sang Prince's "Controversy" before being revealed as modern music legend Beck

As if the band couldn't help but ruin everyone's day, they brought out a couple in Daft Punk attire to bolster hope that the DJ duo finally would make an appearance at this year's Coachella. That hope was quickly shattered when "Get Lucky" starting playing over the loud speakers at a drearily slow pace to which Win Butler responded, "What the fuck is happening?" before kicking the impostors off stage. 

Mary J. Blige Joins Disclosure

The brothers welcomed hip-hop soul legend Mary J. Blige on stage to perform the remix of "F for You" off of everyone's favorite album of 2013, Settle.   Blige enthusiastically belted out her verse while dancing across the stage in a performance that rivaled their collaboration for Weekend 1.  Not surprisingly, AlunaGeorge and Sam Smith also joined the duo for their hits "White Noise" and "Latch," respectively.

Chromeo Performs "Come Alive" with Toro y Moi

Toro y Moi hopped on stage about 20 seconds into the song "Come Alive," and proceeded to dance while singing backup before launching into his verse of the electro-pop hit. The young artist and producer clapped and bopped around, before waving at the camera and running off stage. Chromeo dropped the '80s-inspired "Come Alive" ft. Toro y Moi back in January, a single off their forthcoming record White Women set to drop May 12.

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