by Shara Clark
Friday I spent the day hopping from the Comedy Tent to What Stage to Which Stage. Then to This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent. And yes, those are literally the stage names. Way to confuse the hippies
Day two was rough — scorching, inescapable sun, thick humidity, and temps near 100 degrees. But we made it through, first seeing comedian Margaret Cho who (staying classy) joked about pooping and anal sex. Next, there was Tenacious D, who accumulated the largest crowd yet, playing hits from their first album and The Pick of Destiny, including their infamous rock-off with Satan, during which the devil crept in from side stage. The song ended with Satan's defeat.
I stopped by to hear the bluegrass banjo stylings of Steve Martin as he jammed with the Steep Canyon Rangers at That Tent. Next, we saw Les Claypool and his unmistakable bass slaps at The Other Tent for a few. Later, The Flaming Lips opened with an explosion of lights and confetti as singer Wayne Coyne rolled off the stage inside a big clear balloon, tumbling and flipping into the crowd. They performed several originals, including "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" and "Do You Realize" before their almost unrecognizable Pink Floyd cover set of Dark Side of the Moon.
Late night, The Crystal Method rocked the Lunar Stage for thousands of drug-induced, glow stick-throwing ravers.