Politics seeped into the music-filled 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 27 in Indio, CA.
During his set at the popular festival, Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters showed his support for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama by unleashing the famous inflatable giant pig his former band is known for from the stage with the words, “Don’t be led to the slaughter. Vote Democrat November 2.” It also featured a cartoon of Uncle Sam holding two meat cleavers; underneath the pig was a ballot paper with Obama’s name checked. Waters’s set was on the final night of the three-day festival.
However, the pig broke free from its tethers and is now missing. Coachella organizers are offering a $10,000 reward and four festival tickets for life in exchange for the safe return of the two-story inflatable pig. The pig escaped and floated into the desert sky just prior to the intermission between Waters’s back-to-back sets — the only back-to-back Coachella sets by one artist in the critically acclaimed festival’s history.
Anyone with information on the lost pig is urged to email [email protected]
(The image accompanying this story is from The-Emperor-has-no-clothes.com)
Last Updated on April 29, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner