Photos: R. Kelly Joins Phoenix Onstage at Coachella


It was perhaps the most random of pairings. French indie-electro rock act Phoenix, Saturday night headliners at Coachella 2013, were mid-set when a familiar voice came onstage. It stopped you dead in your tracks, and made you go, “Is that R. Kelly?” It was.

The Chicago R&B singer made a surprise appearance during Phoenix’s set at the festival. The two performed a mash-up of tuns including Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” with Phoenix’s “1901.”

The randomness of R. Kelly’s interruption was a backhanded slap to all the fans who thought an unbilled Daft Punk, who announced news around their new album in promo video the night before, were going to play. Instead, they got R. Kelly.

Check out R. Kelly onstage with Phoenix.

photos by Denis O’Regan/Coachella