New York (May 11, 2009)–Paul McCartney was the voice of optimism for one generation, and The Cure’s Robert Smith certainly was the voice of despair for the next; while the pair would appear to have little in common–beyond jaw-dropping record sales–they respectively opened and closed the recent Coachella festival, and each used a Shure vocal mic in the process.
Marking the 11th anniversary of his late wife Linda’s passing to the day with dedications of “Long and Winding Road” and “My Love Does it Good,” Paul McCartney opened this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on an emotional and energy-charged note. Packing a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” and a sing-along version of “Hey Jude” into a 2 1/2 hour set including two encores, Sir Paul enthralled the crowd from behind his regular microphone of choice, a hardwired Shure Beta 58.
A few days later, Robert Smith and The Cure closed the event with equal flair, performing hits including “Pictures of You” and “Just Like Heaven.” Calling upon a Shure Beta 58 to manage his vocals, frontman Smith sang above a smoldering wash of guitars, infecting the crowd with his signature voice.
“All of the artists and bands I saw at Coachella this year were using either an SM58 or Beta 58 for vocals,” said Shure West Coast Artist Relations Manager Bill Oakley. “It’s my understanding that Robert Smith has been using a Beta 58 for several years now, and The Cure’s closing set at this year’s Coachella was no different. Paul McCartney has been using a Beta 58 for a long time and this year’s opening night at Coachella was no exception. He put on a great show, as did several other Shure endorsers like Henry Rollins, The Presets and Thievery Corporation.”