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Paul McCartney to Headline 2009 Coachella

Paul McCartney is making the rounds these days, what with promoting his latest album Electric Arguments — most hilariously on The Colbert Report, the uncomfortable video of which you can check out after the jump — and now there's news that he'll topline the the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this April. The question becomes, however, is Coachella a good fit for this former Beatle?

LA Times blogger Geoff Boucher wonders "What remains to be seen is whether the choice will cost the festival credibility with its core clientele: young fans who are more likely to listen to the White Stripes than the White Album and who are far more familiar with Rage Against the Machine than Band on the Run."

Some of the other acts of note on this year's lineup include Morrissey, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, M. Ward, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine and Jenny Lewis. To see the full list of acts performing at this year's festival, click here.

What do you think? Are you planning on going to Coachella this year? Would you be psyched to see Paul McCartney play live at that festival?

And to check out the very funny — and awkward — clip from McCartney's appearance on The Colbert Report,


otay otay 8 years
Paul McCartney: Genius!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Coachella looks really good this year! I'm indifferent to Paul McCartney (I love The Beatles but I don't listen to his solo music), but I am really excited for The Cure, The Killers, Amy Winehouse (if she shows up), and Jenny Lewis! I've already seen Franz Ferdinand and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in concert and they were great. I hope I can go this year!
freemusic freemusic 8 years
I am a Paul McCartney fan as well. Have you seen this resource before:
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I think last years line up was better but since I live like 10 min away, no reason not to go! And luckily they moved the dates up a bit this year I think so hopefully it won't be 100 freaking degrees like last year!!
Phil Phil 8 years
I'm going particularly for My Bloody Valentine! Paul McCartney will be fantastic but it'll be my second time seeing him. I do look forward to what surely will be a massive collective singalong--I've rarely experienced anything as wonderfully chilling as when thousands and thousands of people sing in harmony to a great song! The last time I experienced that was when Crowded House played "Don't Dream It's Over" at LiveEarth in Sydney. Even though it was through a television screen, the power of the moment was still fully communicated. Anyway, I'm not particularly excited for much of the other acts as most of them I've already seen at least once at Coachellas past or elsewhere. I do look forward to more Cloud Cult, Crystal Castles, Thievery Corp, People Under the Stairs, Groove Armada, The Killers (even though they sound terrible live, their music is good enough on CD to enjoy their set), Morrissey (!) and The Cure (even though their set will probably overlap MBV in which case MBV > The Cure. same with Paul and Morrissey--tough choice!). Hopefully next year they can get Cocteau Twins to consider reuniting again. Or at least have Violet Indiana play.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
It wasn't awkward, that's just the way Stephen does his interviews!
greentea14 greentea14 8 years
I don't think it's awkward, I liked all of it =)
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I would definitely go to Coachella because of him! But I can only imagine for packed it will be if he is there!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
WHY????? Only the third day looks somewhat good with The Cure playing.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Paul McCartney would be my reason TO go to Coachella this year. I'm considering it, even though I think the general line-up of years past have been better.
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