It’s official: the 2013 ACL lineup has been announced and everyone has their own opinions on the bands set to take the stage at Zilker five months from now. From funny to down-right emotional, we’ve collected a few of our favorite tweets discussing the lineup today below.
When I saw TV On The Radio for the fourth time, it was at a Masonic Temple in the middle of Brooklyn. They had just released their fourth album, Dear Science, and were playing with a cracking horn section in what could have been your high school gym (albeit a gigantic one, something belonging to one of the big bad rival schools on Friday Night Lights). It should have been weird to see this internationally renowned band, who’ve played on Letterman…
… in such an intimate setting after watching them absolutely crush festivals and Webster Hall. But it wasn’t. Not even when band guitarist Kyp Malone stood four feet away from me before they hit the stage to check out the opening act.
So here it is, three years later and I’m stoked to see that they’re touring again, promoting their new fantastic album, Nine Types of Light. Sadly, they will be without their bassist Gerard Smith, who they lost in April after a short battle with lung cancer. He was only 36, which makes a tragedy even sadder. It’s going to be interesting to see how raw they’ll get, especially when playing “Second Song,” whose lyrics may hit a little hard when thinking about Smith.
I’m going to see them at the Austin City Limits Festival, which will be my first. I wonder if this renewed line-up will make it seem like I’ll be watching them for the first time, too. Bands, much like sports teams, know each other’s quirks and can feel which way their energy’s moving. It’s part of being human, this important rapport with your collegues, and why there hasn’t been a sucessful band of robots to hit the Top-10 since 98-Degrees. Smith’s death makes going to watch TVOTR one of the most exciting non-Irish wakes I can remember. And like those Irish wakes, I know the show will be more a celebration more than anything.
Will you be seeing TV On The Radio this year, or have fond memories of past performances? Share them in the comments!
How about this for an interactive way to get your festival’s bands out—Austin City Limits’ September festival line-up is being slowly rolled out via scratch-off tickets given away at select Austin-area retailers. Five lucky fans who scratch off tickets with three of the same band will score a pair of VIP tickets for the three-day affair. As bands are revealed, we will update our AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL page where you can get in to see your favorite bands play!
The unfortunate news that Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch, is going to seek treatment for cancer has prompted the group to cancel their tour dates in the Fall. We wish Adam the best for a speedy recovery.
While many of the Beastie Boys tour dates can be rescheduled for a later date, one that cannot is the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. ACL Fest is a 3-day festival that features dozens of the top acts in music; the Beastie Boys were one of the headliners, along with Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam. The Beastie Boys had the primetime Friday night timeslot on the main, AMD sponsored, stage.
There has been no word yet from the promoter, C3 presents, about who will replace the Beastie Boys. But the opinions about who will replace them have rampant on the internet. Austin360 lists these bands as potential replacements: NIN, Oasis, Phish, Public Enemy, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, The Cure, The Killers, Tool and Willie Nelson. Definitely some big names in that group that would draw a crowd, but it’s still speculation at this point. Right now ACL Fest fans will have to wait until the new name is announced. They shouldn’t lose too much sleep because the rest of the 2009 ACL Festival lineup is stellar.
Which band or performer do you want to see added to the ACL Festival lineup?
Legendary jam band Phish has announced they are reuniting for atleast three shows in 2009. The shows will be played at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6th, 7th and 8th. The shows will be their first official concerts as a band since their farewell show at Vermont’s Coventry in 2004.
Keep an eye on the official Phish website for annoucements of more tour dates in 2009.
Austin City Limits Musical Festival just wrapped up the 2008 ACL Fest, but has already announced dates for their 2009 event. The dates for ACL 2009 are October 2nd through 4th. There will be “early bird” discounts available on the official ACL Festival website.