Monday, May 01, 2006
4 Bands ACL Fest needs this year.
With big name rumors like Radiohead and Pearl Jam confirmed as not playing this years festival (and it looking less and less likely for DMB or a reunited Phish), I got to thinking about bands that need to be on this years roster. So here I go with, 4 bands that need to be on the list when ACL Fest releases the full roster, May 11th.
- The Raconteurs – How has Jack White gone this long without playing this festival? Now that the Flaming Lips have confirmed for this year, the #1 band that people tell me would “just make sense” is the White Stripes. But lets go one step further. I believe The Raconteurs have yet to play on
soil. Can you imagine the boost ACL Fest would get if it could sport the “first US festival appearance of The Raconteurs”? Seems like a match made in heaven. US
- Outkast – Their film, Idlewild comes out at the end of August. As does their new album that serves as a soundtrack to the film. No tour dates yet. This would be another huge get for ACL.
- Bruce Springsteen – This tour he is on right now has to be amazing. He has put together an 18 piece band to tour for his new album of Pete Seeger songs and if the live show is half as great as the album, it is a must see.
DixieChicks – This would be huge as well. New album soon. Somewhat of a coming out party after being so far from the radar for the past year. I am hard pressed to think of an artist or group from that needs this festival more this year. Texas
someone pointed out that the Raconteurs are playing Lollapalooza, so blah...
I still think they need to be there.
And I think it is a really good one.
All bands would be within the general range of past ACL fest Bands and all would fit very well.
that list makes me want to boycott this board"
Please Anonymous, don't stop reading my blog!
mmmmm no thanks..."
You must be kidding. Outkast is one of the greatest most influencial bands of our time.
Also, RHCP has already been ruled out by the festival.
and they put the full price tickets on sale before the line-up came out last year as well. but i think the tickets went up another $10 this year.
Just by luck I was able to type the verification word.
we might as well get Cher to join in.
Don't forget Elton John.
As much as we wished ACL was more like Coachella, Voodoo, Lollapalooza, or Bonnaroo. We can't forget the show that the festival is based on.
There is always going to be a place for country acts at the festival. The Dixie Chicks live in Austin, they are a part of the community and they have a huge following here.
I think it is a matter of when, not if.
If ACL had been around in the 90s, the Dixie Chicks would have probably played the festival a few times during the ascent to stardom.
always want white hot ascending bands like arcade fire, bloc party, etc...
texas artist is represented already by los lonely boys
you have tom petty so bruce springsteen would be a reach
yes on the ranconteurs, i wouldnt be surprised to see them or artic monkeys
astounding no on the dixie chicks
Besides Los Lonely Boys is rock, Dixie Chicks are country. The balance would between rock vs country vs blues vs singer songwiter vs gospel vs soul vs so and so forth. Not so much geography.
I don't see why people would care if the Dixie Chicks played. Chances are they are going to be at the other stage during their slot anyway.
i cant see outkast playing, but it would be fun if they did.
First, they're changing their name to the Saboteurs (legal issues).
Second, reports say they suck live. Seriously. Don't spend one of your "up and coming" spots on them.
Why not Bruce? I understand his band was joyous at NO Jazz Fest. His rumor boards are reporting he will tour with this band in Texas in September. He likes Austin, he's playing festivals, why not? Isn't ACL all about diversity anyway?
I am sure ACL would take Bruce if he was interested, available, and the price made sense.
I would not argue too hard on this blog and the forum. A certain percentage of the folks are only interesting in posting who they think sucks. And pretty much every one of the more established bands except Radiohead (and maybe Willie if he surfaces) has their haters. Rest assured, nobody who works for Charles Attal is paying attention to those types of comments. They know who they want and I am sure they will make good choices.
Obviously, ACL can't have everybody who has been speculated about, this festival ain't Live Aid or Woodstock.
First, they're changing their name to the Saboteurs (legal issues).
The name change is only for Australia. I have no seen any evidence that the name change was anything more than something cheeky for those dates.
from RollingStone (I think).
The RACONTEURS, featuring JACK WHITE, BRENDAN BENSON and
members of the GREENHORNES, are being forced to change their name -- at
least Down Under. Just as they're readying to release their debut,
"Broken Boy Soldiers," on May 16th, the Raconteurs have discovered that an
Australian jazz group beat them to their moniker. On that continent, the
four-piece will hereby be known as the SABOTEURS. White says the new
name was selected "in the spirit of espionage and subversion."
i think outkast would be a good choice because they have a wide audience. people that dont usually like rap/hip-hop like outkast. 50cent would be a bad choice, not outkast.
but chances are they arent coming so it doesnt even really mater.
I assume the rap artist you are talking about is KJAE. Firstly, he played at noon on Friday when most people haven't even left work. Secondly, you want to compare KJAE (a fine local artist in his own right) to Outkast who are internationally known musicians/rappers? -tisk tisk-
I think the list is fine. I completely dislike the Dixie Chicks, but I think they'd be a great addition to the line-up. They do still have a great fan base, people would be attracted to see them and it's fits with the tradition of ACL.
As for rap not fitting ACL... for shame. I think it's a great idea to have all genres at the festival as long as the focus of the tradition of ACL is always there. For the record: The Roots played an amazing rap show back in '04 and there was a lot more that just "50 people" there.
I'd definitely try to check out the other 3 acts if they were to come to ACL'06.
Here are a few of my Wish List artists (just some of my favorite artists who I would love to see in such a grand forum as ACL fest, not necessarily who I think *might* be there):
1. Ozomatli - OMG, if you ever get a chance to see them live, RUN, don't walk!
2. Glen Phillips (even better fit now that he's signed to Lost Highway) and/or Toad The Wet Sprocket (apparently they've kissed and made up and are touring this summer)
3. Robbie Fulks
4. The Twilight Singers - apparently they had a good showing at SXSW, and they're about to kick off a tour to support their new album coming out next week... besides, this would be quite the grand gesture to indicate he's not bitter about getting whacked on the head in Austin all those years ago :-)
5. Rhett Miller/Old 97s (again)
7. Calexico (again)
Very pleased to see a few of my other faves are already on the list: Bob Schneider, Matt Nathanson, Guster, Flaming Lips...
Can't wait for the official line-up announcement!
Springsteen - yes please. His concert at London Hammersmith Apollo last Saturday has been posted on a blog site and is incredible.