As Sean noted on Monday, the official Coachella (MySpace) lineup has been announced (Duke @ You Set The Scene has extensively dissected it), featuring Bjork as well as the reunions of Rage Against The Machine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Crowded House, and the Happy Mondays.
For the past few weeks, there has been talk of a Police reunion at the festival, which coupled with the Coachella presale password of “ROXANNE,” helped fuel that speculation. And as excited as I was about the prospect of a reunion, I figured that it was too good to be true, and sure enough it was just a rumor:
…don’t believe the hype that Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are back in synchronicity for a stop at the Empire Polo Field. …
“No, the Police are not playing, I can tell you that,” promoter Paul Tollett tells Times staffer Geoff Boucher. “This is the show right now as it’s going to be on the big stages. The main-stage lineup and second-stage lineup for all three days are locked in.”
There has also been talk about Gwen Stefani/No Doubt being one of those surprises, but I think the safe bet is the reunion of another particular band (and if they are confirmed, as one person noted with the existing Coachella lineup, “…you’d [really] swear you’d time warped back to 1993”):
What do you think?
(Illustration by Skipgo Shannon.)
UPDATE: Looks like their first appearance of 2007 will be Germany in June.