It may seem out of sorts for me to talk about an American rock festival, but Coachella 2013 promises to have a quite Britpop-heavy lineup, with such bands as Blur and the Stone Roses; and the fans of the festival promptly scratched their heads in bemusement, not knowing who in the hell the Stone Roses are.
Following the announcement, far from rejoicing, the fans of Coachella took to Twitter to find out that question: just who are the Stone Roses, anyway? The best of these tweets can be found at the Tumblr blog “Who are the Stone Roses?”
Some choice tweets:
*Okay but I have to ask who the f are the Stone Roses? Did they misspell the Rolling Stones? #coachella (It should be noted that the Rolling Stones were expected to headline the festival, but eventually chose not to.)
* Glad to know I’m not the only one who has no clue who The Stone Roses are. #coachella
Just for the record, the Stone Roses have toured America exactly once. There were orignally plans for the Stone Roses to tour America in June 1990, after the release of their first, self-titled album, saying that “America doesn’t deserve us yet.” Eventually, in May 1995, after the release of their second album, Second Coming, they finally toured America; I can find no evidence of how well the tour went over, but, given that this was not only in support of Second Coming, but also after the departure of drummer Reni, I can’t imagine it would have gone well. This will mark the first time since then that the band will be performing in the States. Unfortunately, unlike Rammstein, who famously spent 10 years refusing to do American shows, this lack of exposure seems to have hurt the band’s stateside popularity.
For the record:
Also performing on the Friday of the festival will be Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Marr, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse and Jake Bugg.
Phoenix will be the festival’s second headliner, appearing on a bill which also includes The xx, Postal Service, Sigur Ros, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Two Door Cinema Club, Biffy Clyro, Foals and Franz Ferdinand.
The third and final Coachella headliner for 2013 will be Red Hot Chili Peppers. The veteran rockers will close the festival on both weekends, topping a bill which also includes Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, James Blake and Grimes.
And now, I’ve got to get psyched about the fact that the Stone Roses are finally performing in America! How long before they go to my hometown?