Riffs: Kanye vs. Coachella, and four other highly entertaining festival feuds.
Like seemingly everything Kanye West does, the announcement that the controversial rapper was going to headline April's Coachella festival caused a pop cultural kerfuffle. Many online commenters went so far as to say they would boycott the festival as a result.
Music festival-goers tend to be a touchy bunch -- they've also recently complained about festival appearances by Jay-Z (Glastonbury '08) Bruce Springsteen (Glastonbury '09) and Neil Young (ditto). Trying to parse their motivations isn't always easy: Is it racism? Rock-ism? Age-ism? Some other kind of -ism? Or is it just that people like to get upset about things?
Click Track has no idea. But in attempt to get to the bottom of things, we've assembled a brief and by no means comprehensive list of some famous music festival dust-ups.
5. Kanye vs. Coachella, Bonnaroo, the Universe, et. al
West famously took the stage late (almost 4:30 in the morning) when he played Bonnaroo in 2008. For this, he blamed everyone from the organizers to Pearl Jam, whose preceding set had run late. Fans still haven't forgiven him for this, to say nothing of all the other things they haven't forgiven him for. The announcement West was going to play Coachella has sparked calls for a boycott, but, as one online commenter counseled his fellow irate festival-goers, "Quentin Tarantino is a [expletive] too but his movies are still sick...it's art, not real life."
4. Jay-Z vs. Glastonbury
Hova was invited to play Glastonbury in '08, a festival that had been the traditional preserve of rock and dance artists. Leading the brigade of pearl-clutchers: Oasis' Noel Gallagher, who handled Jigga's inclusion with the same quiet dignity with which he handles most things. Kidding! He told an interviewer Jay-Z's participation was "wrong," comments he would disavow after Jay-Z opened his set with a "Wonderwall" cover.
(Morrissey gets nauseous and GnR complains about something, after the jump.)
3. Morrissey vs. barbecue
It was bad enough that the rumored Smiths reunion didn't happen at Coachella '09. Making matters worse: Morrissey wandered off stage in the middle of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" after the smell of meat cooking made him nauseous. "I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it's human," he told the crowd.
2. GnR and KoL vs. Reading
Rock's two complaining-est bands have both had recent run-ins with Britain's Reading festival. In 2009, Kings of Leon battled audience indifference so extreme that it prompted lead singer Caleb Followill to tell the crowd "We're [expletive] sick of Kings of Leon, too....But we've worked [expletive] hard to get here. So anyone that has anything to say, [expletive] you. We're the [expletive] Kings of Leon." The group later tweeted angrily about the experience.
During their 2010 Reading set, Guns N' Roses showed up late, then refused to leave the stage, though their set had gone past the festival's curfew. Organizers cut the power in the middle of the show. The group later tweeted angrily about the experience.
1. Dylan goes electric, world goes insane
Everyone who booed him probably feels pretty silly right about now, huh?
| January 24, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Be specific, Riffs | Tags: Bob Dylan, Guns N Roses, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Morrissey
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