In February alone, his boss, Lady Gaga, had performed the Super Bowl halftime show and with Metallica at the Grammys.
Now, Jackson learned as he checked his calls mid-flight, Gaga would be replacing Beyoncé as the Saturday headliner at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
Gaga got the nod in mid-March, giving Jackson and the rest of her team a little more than a month to pull a headline show together for one of pop’s most spectacle-loving singers.
“At the Super Bowl, you don’t know if people are going to judge you, but at Coachella, the energy is already really good.”
Gaga may not have that caliber of anticipation yet, but Jackson believes she is uniquely capable of synthesizing the whole Coachella experience.
“Gaga’s got so many genres, so we have to figure out what areas we want to pull and play with now,” Jackson said.
If anything is reliable about Lady Gaga, it’s her insistence on ripping everything up and starting anew.