Music News: Coachella say actually, they would book Kate Bush


Kate Bush in 1978
Kate Bush in 1978 (Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The music world was shocked by a recent New Yorker story in which Mark Geiger, the music head of Kate Bush’s booking agency, said he tossed her name out as a prospective Coachella booking — only to be brushed off by the festival. Since the story's publication, though, representatives for both Coachella and Kate Bush have come forward to deny that there was ever a serious discussion of Bush being booked for the California megafest.

Goldenvoice, Coachella's promoter, has actually "been after her for 25 years," says CEO Paul Tollett, who Geiger quoted as saying Kate Bush would be too hard for a Coachella audience to understand. "We've had a long history of delicacies at Coachella," Tollett now says, "and that is one of the ultimate delicacies. Of course we would want that."

Representatives for Bush say that there have never actually been discussions of a Coachella booking. Geiger's story, it seems, might have just been a hypothetical scenario. (Pitchfork)

Spotify exec joins Prince estate as advisor

Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan — two music industry insiders who have been advising Prince’s estate on everything from streaming rights to tribute concerts, are now out of the Prince picture, Billboard reports. The estate has a new entertainment advisor: Troy Carter, a Spotify executive who will also continue in that role.

"It's an honor to serve as entertainment advisor to Prince's estate," said Carter, who formerly managed Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor. "His music, message and independent thought has been a major influence throughout my career. I'm humbled to work with his family and Comerica Bank to advance his musical legacy into the future."

Willie Nelson taps Bob Dylan, others for "Outlaw Music Festival Tour"

Willie Nelson is set to head an "Outlaw Music Festival Tour" that will feature support from a rotating cast of artists including Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, and Jason Isbell. The six-date tour comes closest to the Twin Cities on July 9, when it hits Summerfest in Milwaukee. Dylan, Rateliff, Isbell, and Price will be on that stop, along with Sheryl Crow and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. (Rolling Stone)

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie teaming up for album, tour

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are teaming up for a joint album and tour. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, their first album as a duo, comes out June 9; a North American tour starts later that month but doesn't come any closer to Minnesota than a July 3 stop in Chicago. Their Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie also play on much of the album.

"We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically," says Buckingham. "The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'" (Rolling Stone)

Alt-J play games

Another June 9 release is the latest from Alt-J, titled Relaxer. The band have just launched a new web game featuring "3WW," a song from that forthcoming album. "The game puts the player in the first-person perspective," notes Pitchfork, "and allows players to walk around a dark, low-resolution environment as the song plays. Running into specific characters will trigger photos of the band to be displayed."

It's midnight. Do you know where your child is? He's playing bass with Korn.

Korn have a new bassist. He's 12 years old, and he comes from hard rock royalty. Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, will be joining Korn on a string of upcoming South America dates. The young Trujillo is filling in for Korn's regular bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who can't make the South America dates but will rejoin the group for the tour's U.S. leg. (Stereogum)

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