Published Feb 04, 2011Every year, the annual Coachella Valley Music Festival brings music fans and vapid celebrities together in the sweltering heat of Indio Valley, CA to enjoy a stacked lineup of massive indie, hip-hop and mainstream acts, alongside a handful of up-and-comers. They also manage to snag at least one exclusive reunion each year, with 2011's big story being the return of the long-feuding Death From Above 1979. It's becoming increasingly clear that the Coachella organizers can offer enough monetary persuasion for almost any band to forget why they hate each other. With that in mind, we present you with ten Coachella reunions we'd love to see.
10 Bands Coachella Should Pay to Reunite:
Why it should happen: Late '90s post-punk bands like the Dismemberment Plan, Jawbox and Cap'n Jazz have all enjoyed recent reunions. Following that trend, it would make perfect sense for Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Joe Lally and Brendan Canty to resurrect their beloved, seminal band Fugazi. MacKaye's work with the Evens appears to have slowed down, and Canty's Burn to Shine DVD series is also less active than it once was, so it's not like they're too busy. They officially went on hiatus in 2002, so the ten-year anniversary of their absence would be in 2012.
Odds of it happening: Slim. If there's one incredibly stubborn, borderline cranky man in punk rock, it's MacKaye, and if he doesn't feel like reuniting Fugazi, it's not going to happen. Especially not for a high ticket price at an event once frequented by Paris Hilton.
At the Drive-In
Why it should happen: Before post-hardcore meant Cookie Monster growling with softly sung choruses, At the Drive-In brought influences like Drive Like Jehu and Nation of Ulysses to the mainstream, particularly with their 2000 smash Relationship of Command. The group dismantled in 2001, but got the reunion buzz going when the band revealed they were all on good terms with each other in 2009. They were the loudest, most progressive group of big-haired dudes to make it big right after Rage Against the Machine, and we've all seen how Rage's reunion went.
Odds of it happening: Possible. Both post-ATDI bands are not as active as they once were. The Mars Volta are supposedly at work on a sixth album but little info about that project has surfaced, while Sparta went on hiatus in 2008. It's certainly looking more feasible than once thought.
Why it should happen: Getting the Smiths back onstage together is the ultimate no-brainer, as the '80s indie pop mopers were so essential in developing the modern state of indie rock. In fact, it's safe to say that the band are probably the most desired reunion, and they would surely draw a worldwide audience to California if they could make it happen. The trouble is, their hatred of each other outweighs their need for cash, as evidenced by the fact that they reportedly turned down $50 million for three to five shows in recent years.
Odds of it happening: Slim. In 2006, Coachella tried to offer them millions to get back together and Morrissey was quoted as saying, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform the Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian." Since then, further reunion rumours have been shot down by both Moz and Marr.