Prince booked to save Coachella?
Pop icon Prince recently signed a $4.8 million deal to headline day two of the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to the blog PerezHilton.com. Supposedly, festival organizer's called on the
Pop icon Prince recently signed on to headline day two of the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which will run from April 25-27 in Indio, California. He will be paid $4.8 million for his performance, according to the blog PerezHilton.com. Among the other artists scheduled to perform throughout the festival are Jack Johnson, Roger Waters, the Raconteurs, and Kraftwerk. (AP)
What the commentators said
“Prince is top of the tree of pop’s bourgeoisie,” said Metro.co.uk, “so it comes as little surprise the star is breaking new ground in diva-ish appearance fee demands.” But the festival’s organizers seem to really need him: Supposedly, they called on the “Purple Prancer” at the “last minute” to “help bolster flagging ticket sales.”
That’s because most of the acts are pretty boring this year, said Chris Riemenschnneider in StarTribune.com. When “the rest of the Coachella lineup” was “announced back in January,” it “was widely considered lackluster compared with past years.” It seems pretty obvious that Prince was “brought in to raise interest.”
Well, whatever the reason, it was a smart move, said Jeffrey Mitchell in HollywoodToday.net. “Promoters and fans alike are a buzz with excitement after Prince’s last major super show electrified audiences two years ago”—that was “perhaps the most solid Super Bowl halftime show ever.” Prince “rocked the world despite having to perform through a thunder and lightning” storm—imagine what he could do on a warm night in the desert.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
MOST POPULAR ON THE WEEK
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal
- Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 is the perfect way to make millennials hate politics even more
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- This judge is the reason we're still fighting over net neutrality
- The week's best photojournalism
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
Subscribe to the Week