In case you missed it, AC/DC confirmed that Axl Rose will be joining them for an upcoming tour. Then, to underscore the point, Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses onstage Saturday night during what began as an underwhelming comeback at Coachella.
Slash saving guns n roses tonight. Almost wish I had no idea how good they once were, but hell, I'm from LA. #Coachella2016
On another day of high-wattage guest appearances, the EDM producer Zedd brought out perhaps the most emotionally charged cameo of Coachella -- Kesha.
The singer, currently in the middle of a long and difficult series of allegations of sexual abuse and contract disputes with her onetime producer Dr. Luke, came out during Zedd's set. She performed "True Colors," the slow-burning but resilient title track from Zedd's 2015 LP.
Dressed in all black and a wide black Panama hat, Kesha didn't speak onstage, but forcefully sang lyrics of redemption and righteous anger. "I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes," she sang. "Let me show you my true colors."
Dr. Dre sat out Ice Cube's performance Saturday night at Coachella, limiting a hoped-for reunion of N.W.A to Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella.
The three performed "Straight Outta Compton" as well as N.W.A's unprintably titled song about the police, which Ice Cube said he'd been warned backstage against playing.
Perhaps to assuage a crowd pretty clearly disappointed in another of his guests -- Common, with whom he did a song from his new "Barbershop" film -- Ice Cube also brought out Dre's one-time sidekick, Snoop Dogg.
In a Sahara tent known for sensory overload and cut-loose fun, the Long Beach rapper Vince Staples delivered a bracing jolt of the reality behind Coachella's traditional escapism.
"See this weight is on my shoulders, pray Jehovah lift me up / And my pain is never over, pills and potions fix me up," he rapped on "Lift Me Up," one of the best songs from his breakthrough LP, "Summertime '06."
The kids understood the pills and potions part, but there was a lot of real pain underneath those lyrics that set the tone of the day so far: a sense that something is wrong in the world. And by naming it (or building giant sculptures about it) we can try to fix it.
Last night's cameo from Kanye West got things started nicely, and Saturday has continued the trend. Lorde and Sam Smith were among those joining Disclosure, and Dan Auerbach's psychedelic-leaning Black Keys side project the Arcs took the Empire Polo Field to Ohio with the Eagles' Joe Walsh joining his fellow former member of the James Gang Glenn Schwartz onstage for a three-guitar blues freakout.
As soon as the sun went down, the stars began coming out at Coachella on Saturday night.
Disclosure kicked things off by welcoming Lorde onstage to sing "Magnets," their sultry collaboration from last year's "Caracal." Later, Sam Smith emerged to do the recent "Omen," as well as the track that arguably launched both his and Disclosure's careers, "Latch."
The British dance duo also brought out Kwebs and Lion Babe.
Not to steal any thunder from that Guns N' Roses reunion kicking off at Coachella in a few hours, but AC/DC's representatives have confirmed that Axl Rose will be hitting the road with the band for the remainder of its "Rock or Bust" world tour.
The band's statement includes an odd note of finality regarding AC/DC's longtime vocalist Brian Johnson (that "future ventures" phrase below carries a lot of weight).
"AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing.
Go to enough music festivals and they begin to all look the same. However, Times staff writer and longtime music critic Lorraine Ali has brought her Iraqi-born teenage nephew along as she covers Coachella this weekend. Look for more on seeing the festival through his eyes in the coming days.
Slash is undoubtedly the guitar hero most folks are waiting to see at Coachella. His Saturday headlining set with the partially reunited Guns N' Roses will mark the first opportunity this top-hat-wearing icon has had in decades to rip his epic solo from "November Rain" before a festival-sized crowd.
But earlier Saturday, Slash got a run for his (stylist's) money from King Zapata, who performed with the blues preservationist Gary Clark Jr. while rocking a delightful pink poncho, his hair in a tight top knot.