I was listening to Future Sound of London's Accelerator at work today and enjoying it like I always do and wishing that they hadn't pulled out of Coachella in 2004. The excitement people on the board had over FSOL's inclusion in the lineup piqued my curiosity and I bought Lifeforms, We Have Explosive, and the previously mentioned Accelerator. I got really pumped to see them but before too long, they had withdrawn from the festival. But as I was thinking about the missed opportunity, I wondered when they would have performed exactly. They were scheduled for Saturday, if I recall correctly, and Kraftwerk were the Sahara headliners that day so the most likely time for FSOL would have been the Mark Farina slot, 9:00 - 10:30. Thing is, that just happened to be the exact time Radiohead played, so I probably would've missed FSOL anyway.
And thinking about that, I remembered how Wilco had also pulled out of Coachella that year because Jeff Tweedy entered rehab. Had Wilco played, they would have been on the main stage, right? And if they had, that would have bumped all the slots up a notch, which would have meant that either Radiohead closed the night at the same time as Kraftwerk or that somebody other than Radiohead would have closed out the main stage.
That being said, aside from Doves and Cocteau Twins, the past few years haven't really seen the cancellation of any major acts, have they? Although I must say, those examples from '04 really turned out to benefit me (and I'm sure more than a few others who would've cursed Paul Tollett for creating those conflicts). And while Wilco has made good on the "raincheck," what do you suppose is the likelihood of any of the other bands finally making an appearance?