Coachella 09: McCartney, Cohen, Cure appear recession-proof

Good morning, Mixers! It’s 62 degrees and warming here in Indio, California — time to pack the trusty backpack and hit the fields of the Empire Polo Club for yet another exciting rendition of Coachella. I’ll be blogging daily digests from the festival this weekend, bringing you all the excitement of a lineup that is, in my opinion, a bit odd: Paul McCartney, The Killers, and The Cure, supported by Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, My Bloody Valentine, and the Winehouse-replacing M.I.A., who finally gets a spot on the mainstage where she belongs. (Check out the full set times here.) I can’t wait to see how some of this stuff plays, and I’m also curious to see the demographics out there on the grounds: Will turf wars spring up between the young saddos and the old? Will anyone under the age of 30 show up for Macca? Will Mr. Cohen be completely drowned out by Franz Ferdinand? Could someone please explain to me Silversun Pickups?

Most of all: Can a festival be sustained largely by the mystique accumulated over its ten years of operation? This is hardly the greatest, HAVE TO BE THERE group of bands in the history of ever, but Billboard reports that — despite an economy that’s reduced the EW Coachella Coverage Team to just little ol’ me — ticket sales are on par with years past. I suspect fans are dropping their $269 (now payable on layaway!) in hopes of having an experience, not just seeing specific acts — and there are indeed few places on earth better at delivering experiences than this particular music festival. I already can’t wait for sunset. Plus, as the Billboard story points out, it’s cheaper than Hawaii.

What do you think, Mixers? Who’s worth your recession dollars, and does the festival setting make spending that cash any more (or less) enticing? Who should I not miss? And does someone want to volunteer to head up our dance tent coverage, since I can’t really be everywhere at once?

Photo Credit: Whitney Pastorek/EW.com

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  • Tony Bailey

    Did you say would anyone under 30 be interested in Paul McCartney. I’m 17 and I love the guy. The Beatles and Elvis are the two greatest legends of 20th century music dude. Elvis is dead, and so are John and George. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many. I mean, come on. In 200 years time people will still know who Paul Mccartney was, how many other acts at this festival can you say that about?

  • Isabella

    A little close-minded, don’t you think? I’m 21 and I’d show up for Paul McCartney any day.

  • Lori Hixson

    I watched Paul McCartney’s rehearsal last night on the big stage and it was truly a dream come true – a chance of a lifetime. He is one of the greatest musicians ever and it was a thrill to see him in a practice setting.

  • jane

    I’m 26 and would love to see McCartney live, given half the chance. I’ve been listening to his music (Beatles and solo) for years and he’s a living legend. Boy, do I wish I was at Coachella.

  • jane

    I’m 26 and would love to see McCartney live, given half the chance. I’ve been listening to his music (Beatles and solo) for years and he’s a living legend. Boy, do I wish I was at Coachella.

  • Andrew

    Take that Whitney!

  • Jim

    Dont know where Whitney is coming from – I have a 19 year old and a 23 year old who both saw Mccartney a few years ago and were awstruck. The gut is the most sucessfull writer in popular music history – dont care who you are most of todays musicians owe alot to the likes of Mccartney. He’s not my favorite but you’d have to be a fool to not know what the guy represents

  • Jim

    Dont know where Whitney is coming from – I have a 19 year old and a 23 year old who both saw Mccartney a few years ago and were awstruck. The gut is the most sucessfull writer in popular music history – dont care who you are most of todays musicians owe alot to the likes of Mccartney. He’s not my favorite but you’d have to be a fool to not know what the guy represents

  • kpplz

    Wow, sounds like a tough job!
    A free pass to see Leonard Cohen, an ex-Beatle, and My F+cking Bloody Valentine???
    Well, if you can’t appreciate that, maybe I’ll update my resume on Yahoo Hot Jobs and maybe you should read my comment on Yahoo’s “Record Store Day” story. You’re an f+cking brat to downplay your situation.
    Why don’t you check to see how many opportunities in my 38 years I’ve been able to catch Leonard Cohen live in the Twin Cities. Oh, and can you take a second out of your precious vacation, I mean your job, and read the reviews of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’ release on ANY f+cking website and not appreciate that we’d ALL love to swap places with you??
    You’re a f+cking tw+t hack!!!

  • kpplz

    ++typo++

  • kpplz

    I meant to say you’re a f+cking hack, not AN f+cking hack. And maybe take the time to review the Silverspun Pickups before lambasting them. I’m not a fan, but than again, I appreciate their talent and their fanbase and would never insult them or their fans to say they aren’t afforded a deserved spot in the lineup.
    ((Yahoo, let me know if you need a new music critic and I’ll send you a current resume))

  • jjazznola

    I really think some of you did not get this article. The questions he posed were the questions on many people’s (esp critics) minds not neccicarily his. However I do suspect the young and old will just get along fine enjoying a lot of the same music.

  • brent

    When we were leaving Macca’s marathon set, my wife and I overheard a kid in front of me enthusing “that was the sickest, most awesome thing I’d ever seen.” The kid was 19. I’m 42.
    McCartney is, quite simply, the best. Time to give him his props.

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