Last night, the big reveal of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival lineup garnered strong reactions – such as questions like “Who are the Stone Roses?” and exclamations of surprise at headlining slots by Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Well, as Rolling Stone reveals, RHCP were added “about an hour” before the lineup dropped – and were basically a replacement for the Rolling Stones.
From Rolling Stone, with quotes from RHCP manager Cliff Burnstein:
Burnstein suggested the Stones’ gross revenues for recent shows didn’t square with Coachella’s philosophy of “financial discipline” and “‘pricing integrity.”
Burnstein on the Stones rumor:
“I discounted it, because I didn’t think [promoter] Goldenvoice would pay the Stones’ price. I mean, it’s as simple as that.”
The Stones’ 50th Anniversary gigs have been racking up millions of dollars per gig, and they don’t generally play festivals – which must have made negotiations with Goldenvoice difficult.
As a result, the Peppers will headline for the third time (the others coming in 2003 & 2007).
Of course, Coachella has been known to add headliners occasionally (Prince subbed in for the 2008 festival as an add-on), but there’s no indication yet whether Goldenvoice might try to do this for 2013′s fest.
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