January 12, 2004

Coachella Festival Set For May 1-2

The fifth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held May 1-2 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Although organizers are still a ways off from announcing the lineup, Billboard.com can reveal that Air, Prefuse 73, the Thrills and Electric Six are confirmed to play. Radiohead and a reunion of the Pixies are strongly rumored as headlining acts.
“It’s something we’ve talked about but I don’t know if it is confirmed,” Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Billboard.com this morning (Jan. 12) about the possibility of the band appearing at the event. Radiohead wraps an eight-date tour of Japan and Australia on April 27 in Melbourne.
Fans can expect about 60 bands to descend on the sprawling venue over the course of two days. Last year’s festival, promoted by Goldenvoice, featured headliners the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, alongside Sonic Youth, Interpol, the White Stripes, the reunited Iggy and the Stooges, Underworld, N*E*R*D and the Hives. Organizers estimate more than 68,000 fans were in attendance.
Source billboard.com.
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Primus Returns For 14 Show Winter Tour

Primus, who reunited for their first tour in three and a half years has confirmed an additional fourteen shows to begin next month. The Tour de Fromage will being February 24 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, MO and continue through March 13 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
For more informatin visit primussucks.com.

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Grand Royal Label Up For Auction

After being pronounced bankrupt two years ago, The Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal Records has resurfaced on the auction block where it’s being sold on the www.bid4assets.com web site.
Though the defunct label has been up for auction for a little over a month, bids have yet to be made. According to the web site, the auction is open for 9 more days and the minimum bid is $10,000.
You can bid on the label here.
Source SOHH.com.

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