Like every year, the announcement of the ACL line-up is polarizing. People love it! People hate it! I’m going! I’m not going! Why the hell is Muse always a headliner?
Seriously though, why the hell is Muse always a headliner? I can’t be the only one bummed out by this. And Kings of Leon? Pffft. Over it.
Call me sentimental, but I long for the days when a music festival provided some variety. Throw in some hip-hop and Latin bands with the traditional rock bands. I mean, most people are like me in that they don’t stick to just one genre. I’m not saying this year’s line-up is one note, per se, but I do think it could be a little more diverse. And I really don’t think we should be recycling bands so quickly. Muse is not allowed back in the city until 2018, okay?
I’m going to give you and idea of my ideal line-up. Some food for thought for next year’s festival, mmmkay? Thanks,
Muse fans ACL organizers.
First up, and this is just so obvious: Daft Punk.
I have a couple picks for local bands. Black and White Years and Grupo Fantasma.
We should invite a couple bands that have had some hardships. I can think of two bands I loved that had the lead singers OD. So I’m including Alice in Chains and Sublime in my festival.
Okay, now I’m going to blow your mind. Janet Jackson is playing at my ACL. That’s right, the elusive Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty is going to bring back the whole Rhythm Nation dance troupe and give a kick-ass performance. I know. I can hardly believe it myself.
But the real mind-blower, the act no one saw coming, is the Temple of the Dog reunion. It’s not a part of a tour. Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell and Co., get together in a once in a lifetime 90s nostalgia moment purely for ACL. Critics call it the greatest ACL moment of all time.
When Mr. Bungle shows up, people just start passing out from the shock. I mean, they’re not even listed on the ticket, they just SHOWED UP to melt our faces off.
Justin Timberlake and Brian Setzer collaborate on a rocking swing session. Rumor has it that they’ll be doing a bonus show at the Continental Club later that night, so people start lining up in the morning.
Appearing on the hip-hop stage are De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, K-os, Brown Bag Allstars, and Macklemore. They play individually and in various formations, eventually all getting on the stage together and doing a Beastie Boys tribute.
John Legend is backed by The Roots and they play nothing but Elton John covers. The crowd goes insane during Rocket Man when an actual rocket shoots off the stage and into the starry sky.
And the Live Music Capital of the World rocked and rocked and rocked.