These days the Coachella rumor mill operates with as much urgency as the presidential news cycle, so keeping special guests and collaborations a surprise is an almost impossible task. As a result, by Saturday (April 17) afternoon, word had already spread that embattled singer Kesha might make her return to the stage at Coachella with superstar DJ Zedd.
Regardless, the moment was no less powerful when the singer, clad in all black, joined Zedd onstage at the Outdoor Theater to perform the title track from his True Colors album. The massive throng, which stretched out to the middle of the field on both sides, cheered wildly as the Free Kesha movement made it to Coachella.
Bringing Kesha to the stage was the climax to an action-packed set that began at 9:31 p.m. with smoke shooting from the stage as soon as the lights went down. The effects and production kept up a phenomenal pace throughout the set. Within the first 10 minutes Zedd had already shot off smoke, a confetti gun and flames for songs like the opening “Beautiful Now” and his remix of “Rude” from Magic!.