Best of 2012

13 Unforgettable 2012 Festival Moments

Billie Joe freaked out, Rihanna ran out of f--ks and Frank Ocean got sentimental. Relive the biggest stories from this year's festival scene minus the killer sunburn
 /  / December 18, 2012
Austin City Limits: Ryan Gosling Crashes The Black Lips' Set
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Everything always has to be bigger in Texas. When you're performing at Austin City Limits, you can't just fill up the side stage your lame friends. The Black Lips obviously get this, so they called up Ryan Gosling to hang on stage left

Okay, so maybe he was actually just there shooting a new Terrence Malick directed film with Rooney Mara, but it is way more fun to think he's just buddies with the Lips. Somehow that makes it seem like we all have a shot of hanging with the "hey girl" heartthrob.

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Coachella: Extends to Two Weekends, Breaks Attendance Records
12 / 13
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Despite the unusually stormy weather, 2012's Coachella saw record attendance of 80 - 85K! It probably helped that they extended the desert festival to two weekends and Rihanna was Calvin Harris' surprise guest. Oh, and there was that whole "Tupac hologram" thing

Coachella: We Saw People Like This
11 / 13
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

The only reason you should ever care about getting VIP tickets to Coachella is embodied in the above picture. People watching. The best people watching ever.

SXSW: Eminem Storms 50 Cent's Gig
10 / 13

50 Cent performed his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Trying for the first time in its entirety during his set at 2012's SXSW. And that totally would have been enough for us, but then he also brought out Eminem for his performance of "Patiently Waiting." And then again for "Love Me," "Till I Collapse" and "Crack a Bottle." These two are totally BFFs 4 eva.

Bonnaroo: Alice Cooper Covers "Born This Way"
9 / 13

While your dad was emailing you questions asking who Beyonce is this summer, 64-year-old iconic rocker Alice Cooper was covering Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" at Bonnaroo. We totally had a "Wayne's World" moment when it saw it IRL. 

SXSW: A$AP Rocky's Mob Brawls With Crowd
8 / 13

Sh-t got real at A$AP Rocky’s Vice party performance at SXSW. Beer cans were thrown, then fists followed. To the rapper’s credit, he tried to keep the situation in check, pleading with the crowd. 

“Please! Don't throw nothing at us because we don't want to end this early," said Rocky. "We want to have fun. People came to have fun."

But when a second round of bottles flew at the stage, the A$AP mob stormed the crowd and police shut down the party. When we caught up with A$AP, he claimed the whole thing was just moshing misunderstood. Yeah, not sure we're buying that either.

Warped Tour: The Great Warped Romance
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Aubree Lennon for Fuse

During the 2012 Warped Tour kick-off in Salt Lake City, a lot of teens probably fell in love. But it was one teen romance in particular that took by storm! 17-year-old Ryan Pettingill commented on our Warped Tour photo gallery in an effort to find "a girl he kissed last night." 

And thanks to Fuse, he found her... in our Warped Tour's Best Hair Flair photo gallery. (But of course!) No word on whether or not they're living happily ever after, but hey, the Internet, man.

Made In America: Run-DMC Play First Gig in 13 Years
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Shannon Stewart for Fuse

When Jay-Z comes a-knockin', you answer the call. Which is presumably how Run-D.M.C. ended up back on stage at the first-ever Made in America after a 13-year performance hiatus. “Damn, this feels good,” Rev Run said before killing a 45-minute, 12-song set. It felt pretty good for us, too. 

Ultra Music Festival: Madonna Makes "Molly" Comment
5 / 13

It’s totally cool to joke about drugs at an EDM festival, right? Turns out it's a bit passé -- especially if you're Madonna. Madge took the stage with Avicii at Ultra Music Festival, shouting, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?" The audience cheered her at the time, but not everyone was amused.

Deadmau5 launched into a Tumblr rant, criticizing the singer for undermining the efforts of those working against the drug-related stigma in the EDM scene.

German DJ, Paul Van Dyk chastised Madonna as well. "I don't think she was thinking much," Van Dyk said. "The only thing she was probably thinking was, 'I need to connect with a young crowd,' and she made the biggest mistake of her career. Madonna was so stupid to actually call out drug abuse in front of a crowd of 18-year-olds. This is not what our music is about. It's really counterproductive."

Coachella: Rihanna Ran Out of F--ks
4 / 13

As you might expect, the Coachella crowd lost its sh-t when Rihanna joined Calvin Harris onstage for “Where Have You been” and “We Found Love.” RiRi’s BFF Katy Perry even crowd surfed during the set. 

And then the internet lost its sh-t when Rihanna was pictured rolling some, let’s just say, non-tobacco product on her bodyguard’s head. According to Billboard, MTV tweeted, "Yikes. @Rihanna's marijuana photos from Coachella spark controversy," to which Rihanna gracefully responded,

Lollapalooza: Frank Ocean Shares His Gratitude
3 / 13

Nearly a month after revealing he had a past romantic relationship with a man, Frank Ocean took the stage at Lollapalooza to express his sincere gratitude to his fans for showing him such overwhelming support. 

About Channel Orange ballad "Bad Religion," Frank said, "This next song I'm gonna play is pretty important to me for some of the things I've said in the past month..." The audience applauded as Frank concluded, "Just taking some freedom for myself has taken the fear away. I'm grateful for that love."

iHeartRadio: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Storms Off Stage
2 / 13

Some called it punk rock, others called it a tantrum. But now we can all be sure that Billy Joe Armstrong is in fact NOT Justin Bieber. At IHeartRadio festival, the Green Day frontman went on a rant of righteous indignation when the festival cut their set time short by 20 minutes.

"I'm not f--king Justin Bieber, you motherf---kers. You've got to be f--king joking. I got one minute. One minute left. Now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one f--king minute f--king means." 

And if you're a rock star, one minute means bashing the sh-t out of your guitar and storming off stage. 

Billie Joe entered rehab shortly after this event, so we're guessing his meltdown was provoked by more than just a short set. 

Coachella: Tupac's Hologram Raps With Dre and Snoop
1 / 13

Surprise guest appearances are the new norm at festivals, some more memorable than others. But this year (and maybe this decade) the most unforgettable festival guest was Tupac, appearing via hologram. At Coachella, he rapped alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, bringing an eerie, yet thrilling vibe to the massive crowd. 

The internet was quick to immortalize the moment in perfect meme fashion:

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Jan. 30: Taking It To The Court

Jan. 30: Taking It To The Court

What drama? Travis Barker looks cool as a cucumber while hanging out with his DJ buddy Steve Aoki on the basketball court. In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s been sad times with Blink-182, but judging by the photo, Travis is unfazed. Off the court, Steve and Travis also took some time to cuddle with some adorable pooches. Aww!