Saturday, January 26, 2013

RHCP wanted Coachella to beg

One day, mark these words, there will be a film, garlanded with awards, about the exciting circumstances of the Red Hot Chili Peppers agreeing to play Coachella:

Cliff Burnstein, whose firm Q Prime also manages Metallica and The Black Keys, told Rolling Stone magazine that the LA band signed on as the Sunday night headliner with only an hour to spare.

"We've been in talks for months," he revealed. "It goes down to the wire. It's a negotiation."
You were agreeing to pay a pop concert in return for an almost certainly oversized cheque. It's not like you were trying to get a group of Nuns out of a hostage situation before the end of a ceasefire.

And what of suggestions that, perhaps, the Peppers might be a bit too vintage for Coachella?
Burnstein also hit out at reports the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who played Coachella in 2003 and 2007, were no longer suited to play the festival. "We'll be right in the target demo for Coachella. It's surprising, but it's true", he said.
I suspect Burnstein is confusing the demographics of the people who pay for the tickets with those of the people who actually use them.