Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Exclusive: McCartney, Stones, Who, Dylan Eyed for Coachella Fall Mega Classic Rock Fest


UPDATE SAT MORNING APRIL 16TH 8:47AM EST: My scoop about Coachella and huge rock stars was summarily ripped off by the LA Times faster than you can say “Sam Zell.” Rolling Stone and Billboard followed. Nice. Next time the LA Times is sold or censored by some publisher, I’m going to take the publisher’s side. Cowards. Well, at least they know how to read. PS Rolling Stone even took my ‘mega’ into their headline.

Here’s the original story:

APRIL 15TH 10:27AM EASTERN: The Coachella Music Festival starts tonight out in Indio, California with its mix of indie rockers, rappers, and a few stars like Guns n Roses, Chris Stapleton, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, and Of Monsters and Men, and Halsey sprinkled in for the kick ass, young crowd.

But I’m told that the Coachella organizers want a fall festival, in October, and are in the process of booking mega classic rock stars. I do mean Stars, too, as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd may all converge on the area. McCartney, you may recall, opened Coachella in 2009.

The names are real, so are the offers, and this is happening.

Sting and Bruce Springsteen are other names in the mix. Other big rock acts with historical significance are being contacted, too. So far no R&B stars have been mentioned but I can’t believe Stevie Wonder or Earth, Wind & Fire wouldn’t be considered.

Get your hotel rooms now.

Coachella chief Paul Tollett just said in an interview out there that a fall festival was “doable,” and of course a Columbus Day weekend blow out would be the perfect autumn offering. Coachella accommodates upwards of 50,000 guests.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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