Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, The Rolling Stones will apparently not play at Coachella music festival in Indio, California this April.
Mick Jagger reportedly told the U.K.’s NME, “We’re not gonna do Coachella, ‘cos it’s too early. There was a rumour we were gonna do that one, but it’s very early, Coachella. It’s April or something, isn’t it? And we’re not gonna be ready to go by April. But we’re not gonna stop.”
Jagger didn’t say rule out the idea that the Stones might play one of the many other festivals that take place over the spring and summer. If Coachella’s April date (it takes place April 12-14 and the same lineup returns the following weekend April 19-21) is, in fact, “too early” for the Stones, they may have their sights set on another “destination event.” For reference: Bonnaroo takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, June 13-16; Lollapalooza is in Chicago’s Grant Park, August 2-4; Austin City Limits descends on Zilker Park in Austin, Texas over two weekends in October (4-6 and 11-13); Voodoo Festival hits New Orleans November 1-3.
The Coachella Festival appeared to hint at a Stones booking earlier this month when they posted a photo of a round rock (a “rolling stone”) on their website. Also, Indio, California briefly showed up on the tour dates section of the Rolling Stones iPhone app.
– Brian Ives, Radio.com