I have been very greatful for all the fantastic shows you've brought us over the past several years. The Coachella Art & Music Festival is clean, fun, and definately well-run. My hats off to you. However, that being said, what were you thinking when you signed this year's headliners? Jack Johnson for Coachella? For Coachella?! Unless you got him for some helluva cheap price, I can not imagine--out of all the acts out there that are most likely available, even still available, [I]like R.E.M.,[I]--and you go for Jack Johnson? What's up with that? Please help me understand. I'm not trying to be a smarta--. I'd truly like to know. It boggles the mind. Portished? Great band. Glad they're coming. But they're not headline material. Roger Waters? Well, granted, he was IN Pink Floyd but Roger Waters IS NOT Pink Floyd. I wouldn't even call him a legend. Pink Floyd a legend, yes. But Roger Waters? No way. Now, there are some who will argue that Coachella is not about the headliners. Well, okay. But let me share something with you: I just got a phone call a few hours ago from my buddies in Seattle. Guess what? They're not coming to Coachella this year. Why? Wimpy line-up coupled with a screwy economy that's forcing them to tighten their financial budgets a little. Did you see the stock market (in the U.S.) today? We're in trouble. As people lose their homes, their jobs, etc. and have to tighten their belts this year, the "extras" will have to go--like Coachella. So, what are you gonna do to convince people like my buddies from Seattle to hop on that plane and fly down here for the festival when money's so tight? Answer: You got to make the festival worth their while, especially a year like this one. You see, they can stay in Seattle and see quite a few up-and-coming bands for ten dollars or so a pop....in much smaller venues, no less. Now, we're just talking 4 of my buddies, but from the looks of some of the threads posted here today, I've got this very strange feeling there's lots of people out there not too pleased with this year's overall line-up. Couple that with a bad U.S. economy and......just thinking out loud. I sure hope those "tricks" you talked about at the news conference work. If you're not going to beef-up the festival, maybe a cut in ticket pricing is in order.............but why listen to me? I'm just an idiot who helped book The Talking Heads during their "Fear Of Music" tour at a Big Ten university back in the day, and lost his a--. In conclusion, I love the festival, and I've went every year since inception, bought the DVD, etc. I plan on going this year even though my buddies aren't coming down for it. However, I'd be stretching the truth to say none of it matters. Put me in the catagory of the people who are attending Coachella this year out of habit, and not because of the line-up.