I don't know if theres any credence to the "rhcp booked a year ago" comments, but we can all agree it doesn't matter when they were booked, what matters is that we got a lazy bookend to this years otherwise phenomenal lineup.
Menik is right that the Chili Peppers were booked (over) a year ago.
I trust they were booked a long time ago but not to close the festival. I imagine they were going to headline on Friday or something and once GV couldn't land anyone bigger they moved them to Sunday and perhaps then had to renegotiate money which is what came down to the last minute. The way the Rolling Stone article was written, and how their manager was speaking, made it sound like RHCP was holding out for more money. He seemed to be defending the fact that RHCP were a valuable pick for Coachella.
Pure speculation of course.
The only thing that makes me mad about this, is not the fact that we got rhcp. It's that coachella sold almost all tickets on presale, had the money just lying around, knew that the festival was already a success. And left headliners til the last moment, it's like they just sat around (but more realistically, I hope, that they had some major person or group in mind, couldn't get them, and they were left without a proper headliner) because I think other than headliners everyone else is good, so they put some effort into making it a good year. They could've tried harder assuming it was a sold out festival already.
Why is all of the hate aimed at RHCP? You people really think Phoenix headlining the night before is going to be that much better? Phoenix's new album better be solid
I'd say maybe they'll have a holographic Hillel Slovak on the stage, but only about 10 people in the crowd will know who he is.
Saying black keys were a replacement is like saying they were also a replacement at acl or at lolla, they headlined almost all major us festivals last year, you have to admit 2012 was their year, I wasn't happy about it, but where else did snoop mad dre headline?
If Bonnaroo truly does have Macca and Bjork, that's beyond excellent for them. I think for the rest of the music festivals, it looks like this year's options stem largely from a pool of Killers, Green Day, Muse, Eminem, etc.
Some valid points. Your probably right about NIN TOOL PJ DP and Sound City being unviable options. If AFP ended up being the mystery sunday headliner then it would be a huge letdown, so good point there. But still, the empty slot sunday would give them time to negotiate with the stones or the smiths. And if all else failed depeche mode, eminem, kanye/jayz collab, and black sabbath are all "available" without touring conflicts.
There is no way that Goldenvoice would have released the lineup with an empty spot for the Sunday headliner. I personally don't like RCHP, but there is no denying that they are a big draw
Don't get me wrong, I think the headliners are definitely on the underwhelming side although it's not really phasing me that much, I am just struggling to think of who else significantly better would have been available.
Numbers I see kicking around were Paul got something under $4mil and Stones/GV were in the $5m per show range.
7/3-Garth Brooks (T-Mobile Arena)
7/23-Rob Zombie/Korn (Ak-Chin)
8/5-Pearl Jam (Fenway)
8/7-Pearl Jam (Fenway)
8/15-Guns N' Roses (UofP Stadium)
8/23-Coldplay (Gila River Arena)
9/13-Brian Fallon (Marquee)
9/17-Prophets of Rage (Ak-Chin)
9/21-Black Sabbath (Ak-Chin)
9/30-10/2-ACL Weekend 1
10/5-Mumford & Sons (Ak-Chin)
10/14-Sigur Ros (Orpheum)
4/14-16-Coachella Weekend 1
Regardless of whether they were intended to headline another night or not, RHCP just seems like a lame way to end the fest. This is GV's own doing in terms of setting the bar high all of those prior years, but there's absolutely nothing special about their booking. GV knows this, meaning their hands were tied (money or otherwise) or there is/was some other plan.
Not to dwell on the Daft Punk thing (yeah, yeah - .01% chance of them showing), but that would be the way to end the fest in a way that would wow like dre/snoop/tupac last year. If that were the case, though, you'd expect some mystery spot ala Governors Ball. But maybe that would be too obvious.
Either way, I just have a hard time believing GV was content with RHCP closing the fest. Like I said, though, maybe the bar was set too high. There's nothing technically wrong with RHCP ending the fest, there's just nothing special about it. And I've come to expect special from Coachella. Ah well.
There is no other plan. Why on earth would they book one of the biggest rock bands of the past few decades as nothing more than a ruse, only to pull them out and have Daft Punk close out the festival, and in doing so infuriate their label and agent, thus potentially severing future connections and negotiations? Does that sound logical to you? Wouldn't it be infinitely more logical to just book Daft Punk and bill them on the poster if this were a possibility?
I'm not saying this to be mean. There is just absolutely no chance this happens. Daft Punk is not playing this year. We go through this every year when people think they will randomly come on the poster at the last minute. Learn to love what you have.
I'm learning to judge the merits of this year's lineup based on its entirety and not letting this one pick taint it too much.
I'm guessing RHCP were not a first choice, but that this year just didn't have a lot of great available headliners. Lots of people thought Coachella's 2011 headliners were disappointing, only to realize that Lolla/Bonnaroo/ACL had equally disappointing acts. Sounds like Bonnaroo is set to have one of their best lineups in recent memory, but let's see how the other three majors fare.