Coachella 2013: Red Hot Chilli Peppers rock in the wind (+video)
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California rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, amid high winds that swept across the desert and prompted attendees to don extra layers.Skip to next paragraph
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The band sang their classic hits, dark love letters to their home state of California, including "Dani California," "Californication," "Parallel Universe" and "Under The Bridge," as fans sang along in a finale to Sunday's events.
The Chili Peppers eschewed the tradition of headliners featuring a special guest, instead keeping their set all about their own music, with the exception of a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."
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Prior to the Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan drew a large crowd as all the living members of the hip hop collective came together to perform a set filled with their hit tracks, including "Bring da Ruckus" and "Clan in da Front."
The Staten Island collective, which has included rappers RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Ol' Dirty Bastard who died in 2004, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a new album, "A Better Tomorrow," released in July.
As winds of around 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) swept across the festival in the California desert town of Indio, some 130 miles (210 km) east of Los Angeles, revelers dressed for the desert sunshine were forced to cover up as dusk fell across the grounds.
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Coachella, which began as a two-day festival touting rock music in 1999, has expanded into a three-day festival with more than 150 bands performing across six separate stages, with the same line-up featured across two consecutive weekends in April.
While Coachella organizers Goldenvoice don't release attendance or ticket figures themselves, concert-tracking website Pollstar.com said the concert grossed $47.3 million across two weekends, with more than 158,000 tickets sold.