I talked to Will Butler tonight. First of all, he's one of the nicest musician/celebrities I've ever met. He would chat with anyone that came up to him and was happy to take pictures and shake hands. Someone brought up coachella and he said "maybe why not". When I saw him again after the show I brought up coachella and from what he said it sounds like they would love to play Coachella next year because they had an awesome time in 2011, but I don't think they've even been approached about it. Considering how far in advance Coachella starts talks with headliners (usually before the last one has ended), I don't think Arcade Fire will be there. He seemed totally genuine and not dodgy about the question. Of course, he could just be playing it off, but I don't think he was.
I actually think that NIN and QOTSA co-headlining is a bit of a mismatch. NIN shouldn't open for QOTSA on any night.
I agree but on their upcoming australian tour (that ends 3 weeks before coachella) they are gonna flip a coin the night of the show to decide who headlines. Figured they might do the same at coachella if they both are there. Also if Queens of the Stone age is ever gonna headline this would be the year. great album and a great tour show.