Monday, February 2, 2009

Cage the Elephant to Play Coachella

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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At this very moment we are within 24 hours of an initial Bonnaroo lineup announcement. My fingers are still crossed that rumors of a Springsteen appearance will be confirmed and that something very bad happens to Phish. I mean, I don't want them to get maimed or killed or anything, but if one of them were to get a really bad hangnail or something, forcing the cancellation of their tour and eliminating the possibility of (both) their Bonnaroo appearances, then I wouldn't complain.

One thing I'm definitely not complaining about is the Coachella lineup that was announced over the weekend. The Bonnaroo folks are really going to have to ante up if they want to continue on as the U.S.'s largest music festival. Among the artists scheduled to appear at the California desert festival (going down the weekend of Apr. 17) are Paul McCartney, The Cure, Morrissey, a reunited My Bloody Valentine, Superchunk, Leonard Cohen, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Dog, X, No Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hold Steady, Public Enemy and my favorite of them all--honorary Nashville rock brethren--Bowling Green's Cage the Elephant. (For more Coachella lineup and ticket info click here.)

You see, in 2007 Rage Against the Machine reunited and headlined the festival, and since then the Coachella organizers have been relatively underwhelmed by the talent that has come to the festival. They were left scratching their heads thinking:

Who are we going to get to play 'Killing in the Name of' this year? Remember 2007? The place just went off when they did that one. Our festival will never weather these uncertain times without a "fuck you I won't do what you tell me" chant. What in heaven's name are we going to do?

It was at that moment that someone linked them to our posting of Cage and AutoVaughn's faithful rendition of the RATM "classic," and a festival-saving light bulb went off. So I guess you can all thank the Cream for shepherding a My Bloody Valentine reunion onto American soil.

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