Beastie Boys cancellation opens ACL lineup spot

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?




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