And just like that, Lou Reed has pulled out of Coachella. The rock legend has cancelled his appearance at the notable California desert festival. He has also bowed out of a number of West Coast tour dates, some of which he was expected to play in between the April 12 and 19 weekends.
Last night, The Scenestar reported that Reed was canceling his two Coachella appearances. Reed was originally scheduled to perform on April 12 and 19, as part of a bill that also features the Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Jurassic 5, and others. There’s no word on who’ll be called in to replace him. (But The Press Enterprise has some ideas… Tom Waits anyone?)
A spokesperson for Goldenvoice, the promoter behind Coachella, said that the cancellations were caused by “unavoidable complications.” The Los Angeles Orpheum, one of the venue where Reed was suppose to play between the two desert gatherings, has also cited the same reasons. Reed’s performances at the San Francisco Warfield on April 14 and at Monterey’s Golden State Theater on April 17 have also been cancelled. We’re guessing the venue will offer refunds at some point.
There have been some artists who’ve pulled out of Coachella before, like Amy Winehouse in 2009. We don’t know exactly what made Reed change his mind so close to the festival, but we hope his replacement will be just as good.
What do you think? Were you planning to watch Lou Reed perform at Coachella?