Why'd this get put into rumors?!? This should definitely be in Line-up/Artists
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Bowie cannot make more money playing an arena than playing one of the top festivals in the world.
Bowie cannot garner more press coverage than headlining Coachella.
He will receive the world's finest audio/lighting/production at Coachella, not necessarily on a small arena tour.
And who cares whether the "die hard" Bowie fans want to wait all day to see Bowie; the die-hards enjoyed Roger Waters, Prince, and Paul McCartney... so the older hip crowd will dig it.
If Radiohead and McCartney and Prince received $2M - $3M per show at Coachella (Radiohead $5M for two weekends, reportedly), David Bowie (after a long absence) would certainly command $1.5M per festival appearance, if not more due to the rarity. If Goldenvoice doesn't pay it, Bonnaroo would, or Glastonbury, or many others.
But putting the money aside...
Bowie has always appreciated the art of music, and Bowie has collaborated with Trent Reznor, Arcade Fire, etc.
My guess is that if David Bowie takes the stage in 2014 - it will be in Indio.
If it's a west coast exclusive LA engagement with 2-4 arena shows, Bowie could easily dwarf the $3mil you propose the GV are offerring. Plus far more merch oppurtunities than GV can offer with limited space at the festival - low to mid 6 figures.
Bowie can have all the guests he wants at his arena shows. Also, Bowie WILL NOT appear on anyone else's stage until his opening night. Stop it with the Arcade Fire or NIN. AFAIK, David hasn't been spotted at either band's NYC shows since 2005 or so.
Bowie doesn't need Coachella for press mileage or to look cool to younger generations. Like the Stones tour there will likely be at least 1 "flat" show and it wouldn't be good for Bowie if that happened at a high profile gig. I saw Bowie 4 times in 2004 and 3 of them great, 1 was kinda flat. With a couple nights in the same city fans will see more than one show and it's far easier for everyone to forget an off night. Look at Stone Roses W1 vs. W2 or Radiohead W1 vs. W2.
A headliner at Coachella MIGHT get a mid week soundcheck like McCartney or Dre. With an arena run Bowie can fiddle with stuff for the entire week whenever crowds aren't in the building. I'd also think he wouldn't want any unpredictable weather.
GV no longer offer single day tickets and have taken control of most hotels rooms in the area. The Older demo has less presence after they went 3 day passes and the longer time/money commitment.
Nashville/Bonnaroo won't be a big market for Bowie. Glastonbury are never the major bidders for headliner, they land acts on prestige for their non-profit festival. Bowie had a big falling out with Lollapalooza in the mid 90's, but I'm sure that's all forgotten.
Your past point about Bowie being about art more than commerce works in my favour. At arena shows bowie has more freedom with setlist. At Coachella he's have to do a hits leaning set like he did at Glasto 2000 or Isle of Wight 2004.
The matter of the fact is that we would like to see him return to the stage sometime next year. Whether it be the LA area or Coachella (preferably). Paul McCartney and Dre still did the shows and McCartney most recently at Outsidelands. I don't think sound check is his biggest issue, either is him having to play a great show to avoid media scrutiny (he doesn't give a shit). The only reason he would choose not to play is the commitment of playing 2 straight weekends. That being said, Radiohead made the commitment and played several other shows that month so it's still possible. Goldenvoice has pulled big names in the past and I don't doubt their ability to negotiate a deal with David Bowie. I hope they do reach out to him and make him the Friday Night headliner. He shows up Saturday, most will leave Sunday and everyone is drained out Sunday Night.
Not that I don't want them to pursue booking David Bowie, but them booking Outkast would be just as badass. Billboard Hypebeast lol
Nothing wrong with both of them doe, WOULD BE MIND BLOWING!
Last Year during Red Hot Chilli Peppers Weekend 1, they played in the middle of a sandstorm and it was 60 degrees. I left because I'd rather sit in my car than blind myself and freeze my ass off trying to watch them. It's not SoCal as in Orange County and LA County, it's the desert!
If GV knows music they know Bowie talents needs no help from you. Bowie has been fringe music since the 70's. Question is can Bowie survive the desert heat, dust, dry wind.
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After the Stone Roses reformed ... I'll believe anything can happen, without putting any money on it mind you.
It's hogmanay and as drunk as I'll be tonight I'll be massively surprised if DB decides he's healthy enough to gig 10 years after his heart scare.
Come a long long, come a long long way